Transparency Fail as FBI Retracts Redactions in Orlando Transcripts

October 4, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

After coming under fierce criticism for its decision to published redacted transcripts of the Orlando shooter’s 911 calls, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) late Monday released the full transcript which actually names the terrorist organizations Omar Mateen claimed allegiance to.

“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript […] have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime,” the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a joint press statement. “As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”

The censored transcript read, in part:

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