Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The shooter of 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando pledged his allegiance to Abu Bar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq on the night of his assault. An unredacted transcript and timeline of events including a 911 call between the shooter and an operator, was released to the public yesterday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tampa division. This occurred due to criticism from Paul Ryan, current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and others of an edited transcript initially released.

Speaker Paul Ryan, made a public statement that selectively editing the transcript was preposterous. His statement he said, “We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS… The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this and why.”

On the 12th of June, Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. According to friends and family, Mateen was a member of the gay community and had been to the nightclub several times.

During the 50 second phone conversation with the 911 operator on the night of the attack, the assailant pledged his loyalty to al-Baghdadi, on behalf of the Islamic State. Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan told the Senate intelligence committee that they were unable to “uncover any link” between Mateen and the Islamic State. Three negotiation calls lasting nine, fifteen and three minutes occurred after the initial 911 call. In the calls he identified himself as an Islamic soldier and told the negotiators to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq, and that is why he was “out there right now.”

Mateen continued to state that he had a vest, the kind they “used in France”, and that his vehicle outside of the club contained bombs. He also said, “In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on.” A search of his vehicle and person on scene revealed no explosives or vests.

FBI assistant and special agent in charge in Orlando, Ronald Hopper, said there’s no evidence that Mateen was directed by a foreign armed group. According to CNN, Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat.

The Tampa Divison stated in yesterday’s press release that they will not be releasing the audio of Mateen’s call, or any audio and transcripts of the victim’s calls out of respect for the victims and their families.


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