UPDATED - Barletta Statement Regarding Obama Release of Censored Orlando 911 Calls

Jun 20, 2016
Press Release
Department of Justice Reverses Itself on Redacted Transcript

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued a second statement regarding the Obama Administration’s release of censored transcripts of the 911 calls placed by the shooter in the Orlando terrorist attack.  Following widespread criticism of its redacted release, the Department of Justice has reversed its earlier decision and released transcripts that include the shooter’s references to his motives and his pledge of allegiance to the Islamic terror organization ISIS.  Those references had been scrubbed in the initial transcripts released by the administration. 

Barletta’s updated statement is as follows:

“Releasing the uncensored transcripts is absolutely the right call, but something that really should have been done in the first place.  There is no reason to dance around the issue – we are at war with radical Islamic terrorists, for the simple reason that they have declared war on us.  Selective censorship of the transcripts only serves to send a message that we are unsure about identifying the enemy, when they have so clearly identified us.”

Prior to the Obama Administration reversal, Barletta had originally released the following statement:

“We already know that President Obama is reluctant to give name to the threat that is Islamic terrorism, but now we see that he is also censoring the basic facts of this most recent terror attack.  We have long feared that political correctness has been hampering our nation’s response to terror threats, and now it is being taken a step further by preventing Americans from having a clear picture of what happened in Orlando and why.  The president should release the full transcripts so that there can be no sugarcoating exactly what we are up against as a nation.”