911 Transcript Edits Blowback Force Release of Unedited Transcripts
The administration backed off from its indefensible editing of the 911 transcript of the Orlando shooter to remove references to Islam or ISIS. They claim that they were attempting to deny him a propaganda victory. In reality, they were engaging in propaganda over history themselves.
The administration doesn’t respect the historical record. We see them revising Gitmo detainee assessments to allow release. They revised the intelligence assessments on Iran to hide information before the vote on the nuclear deal. They edit videos of press briefings. They claimed that Benghazi was about a video so they would not have to explain an Al Qaeda attack 6 weeks before the 2012 election. They withheld IRS files on the investigation into denying nonprofit status for political reasons. They withheld records in the Fast and Furious Case that contradicted the administration narrative. This is a disturbing pattern of behavior that we do not even know how far it goes.
The attempt to shape our policy and our understanding by changing the record is the stuff of dictatorships not a representative republic. We need to insist that the next administration be truly transparent. This is a slippery slope that we most exit or we will end up crashed at the bottom of history’s hill.