The George Orwell’s 1984 the Ministry of Truth (or MiniTrue) was responsible for news and entertainment and the workplace of the main character Winston Smith. The building, a 300 meter high behemoth, was emblazoned with the party slogans:
“WAR IS PEACE”
“FREEDOM IS SLAVERY”
“IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
None of which seem particularly outlandish in post millennial America.
This week the Justice Department (DoJ), whose name may be almost as ironic as MiniTrue, released the “transcripts” of the Orlando terrorist’s 911 call the morning he attacked the Pulse nightclub. The initial transcript included redacted names and even the “full” transcript contains some interesting paraphrasing.
The Justice Department redacted the names of ISIS and its leader, who the terrorist pledged his allegiance to:
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted].
The true transcript reads:
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
The justification for this redaction? They wanted to save the victims families pain…Will it hurt more to lose a loved one because the man who murdered them mentions ISIS their head honcho? As the brouhaha over the editing grew, the story changed and the edits were made because the Special Agent in charge of the investigation believed they did not “represent the religion of Islam, but a perverted view.” Still later they added that it was because they didn’t want to fuel the ISIS propaganda machine, which seems to have no trouble fueling itself.
Still remaining after these redactions are some “helpful” translations of the terrorists words. For example, he opens with:
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]
I don’t have access to the actual transcripts or the audio files of the call but I bet his actual words were something like this:
Which is roughly the same phrase in Arabic. It is also the first verse in the Qur’an and the first verse of most of the Suras but that would imply that this Islamic terrorist was actually what he was, a radical Muslim (link).
The ironic thing is that on the Sunday morning talk shows Attorney General Lynch touted how the release of these transcripts showed the transparency of the current administration…Her boss later tossed her under the buss saying this redaction was the DoJ’s call and the WhiteHouse had nothing to do with it…
If this was an isolated incident, sure I could buy that it was just a poor decision. Instead this is part of a pattern of disinformation from Washington.
Pray for our nation…