Terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel is blasting the Obama administration for initially releasing only partial transcripts of the Orlando terrorist’s 911 calls, transcripts that swap out “Allah” for God and initially left out his pledge of allegiance to ISIS.
Multiple times in the transcripts, terrorist Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS. For example:
Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD) Shooter (OM)
OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted].
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].
The federal government later reversed its decision, releasing transcripts with fewer deletions. They revealed Mateen was pledging support to ISIS and leader “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
But also, Mateen did not say “God” in those quotations. He said “Allah,” but the transcripts were changed.
Act for America founder Brigitte Gabriel, who survived Islamic terrorism in her native Lebanon, says the conduct of the Obama administration is maddening.
“They thought that if they can erase the most important part, which is his pledge to ISIS, that that will somehow make the Islamic problem disappear,” said Gabriel.
She says America’s unwillingness to see the problem for what it is has hamstrung the U.S. since 9/11.
“Under President Bush, they refused to acknowledge the problem – that Islam has anything to do with it. Under President Obama it has gotten even worse,” said Gabriel.
Gabriel believes this latest attempt to lead the public astray is the worst possible way to approach the threat.
“It is shameful that our administration would delete an important part of the language, thinking that the problem is going to disappear. That’s exactly why we’re losing this war,” said Gabriel.
Even more mystifying to Gabriel is why the government went to such lengths when the remaining transcripts make Mateen motivation perfectly clear.
“Even with all the purging they have done of the phone call, the transcript reads like an Islamic prayer. The guy started the call by saying, ‘In the name of Allah the merciful, the beneficial,’ which is like the opening prayer for Islamic prayer. Every other word had to do with Allah,” said Gabriel.
She was also struck by what was not in the transcripts.
“Through the whole transcript, Omar Mateen never once refers to his hatred of gays, that he’s attacking the club because of his gay bashing or disapproving of their lifestyle. Not once,” said Gabriel.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained by the references to ISIS were redacted.
“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this individual’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda,” said Lynch to NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Even though that later was changed, the rationale left Gabriel almost speechless.
“They are a little too late about that. ISIS already took credit. ISIS has been bragging about it on their social media and on the Internet. ISIS is already proud of what he did. Those who are attracted to the ISIS message already know what this guy did. It’s been all over television worldwide,” said Gabriel.
“So who are they exactly trying to fool? They live in a bubble, this administration and all his advisers. They are living in a bubble and they don’t realize that our enemy and their sympathizers know exactly what is happening. Except in our own country, our government is trying to deceive its own people,” said Gabriel.
Hear the interview: