All you need is love, and other great moments in American law enforcement
Itâ€™s has been a last few days for Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and by great I mean shocking and sackable.
First, there was the brilliant decision to release the transcripts of calls Omar Mateen made from inside the nightclub, but with all of Mateenâ€™s references to Islam and ISIS redacted, ostensibly not to â€œfurther his propagandaâ€ and to â€œavoid re-victimizing those people that went through this horror.â€
This decision was so plainly bizarre and stupid, and created such a furore, that within 24 hours Lynch reversed herself and released full, unredacted transcripts. The American people were now deemed to be mature enough to handle reading lines like â€œPraise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, Iâ€™m in Orlando and I did the shootings.â€
To following day, Lynch had this to say to reporters:
â€œThe good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, itâ€™s unity and itâ€™s love.â€
Iâ€™m generally comforted when I hear sentiments such as this from religious figures, less so from the nationâ€™s first law enforcement officer. Love might indeed triumph over evil, but love is arguably not in FBIâ€™s purview, and certainly hasnâ€™t been since J Edgar Hooverâ€™s transvestite days.
During the same press conference, when asked by a reporter “Has the shooterâ€™s wife left the state of Florida?” Lynch replied:
“Right now, I donâ€™t know exactly the answer to that. I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”
Mateenâ€™s wife is at best the most important material witness in the biggest terrorist attack on the American soil since 9/11; at worst she is an accomplice and an accessory to a murder of 50 people. And the Attorney General doesnâ€™t know her current whereabouts. Perhaps she has been redacted.
We need lot more love.
Our security is in the very best of hands.
P.S. Lynch has also now said that Omar Mateenâ€™s motive might never be known. The guy killed 50 gay clubgoers â€œin the name of Allah the Merciful, the beneficentâ€, having just pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. But maybe he was just annoyed about the work cafeteria food. It will remain a mystery, perhaps as big a one as his widowâ€™s whereabouts.