FBI Adds Another Twist in Orlando Attack Media Freezeout
For victims and those who were affected by the terrorist shootings in Orlando, Florida, another twist has entered the situation which further points to the inability of the FBI to navigate the complex situation of a major terrorist investigation on U.S. soil.
The FBI, it appears, is trying to block any news or media organizations getting ahold of the 911 dispatch records and records of the first responders who answered the call when the Pulse nightclub was attacked.
Local law enforcement, which would normally be more willing to cooperate with media –especially local media – has been ordered by the FBI to pass a form letter on to any media organizations asking for information regarding the shooting.
Then the FBI is asking local enforcement to notify them of which media organizations are asking for information.
In this "Big Brother-esque" move, the FBI is clearly going against First Amendment rights, and people across the country are taking note.
This is an especially worrisome situation in Florida, whose constitution gives media access to any records which are considered "non-exempt public records."
The FBI's reasoning is that releasing the records could "adversely affect our ability to effectively investigate the shooting and bring the matter to resolution."
That, coupled with the city of Orlando's declaration that they haven't released the records "out of respect for the Pulse shooting victims and the families" is nothing more than posturing.
Why wouldn't the families of the victims want to know what was happening the night their loved ones were brutally shot and murdered? It makes no sense to think that anyone involved in the shooting would support the closed-mouth attitude that has been adopted by law enforcement and the FBI in this situation.
Where are the answers? Where is the open, free society that we're trying to protect?
h/t: Orlando Sentinel