Is the Justice Department Hiding ISIS Connection in NY-NJ Bombings?
As readers might recall, all ISIS references from Mateen's statements were noted with [omitted]. When called out by the media on the censoring of the transcript, the Justice Department first defended their omission, and then quickly relented and released the unredacted transcript showing Mateen's pledge of allegiance to ISIS.
Bridget Johnson noted here at PJ Media that the White House was quick to distance itself from the Justice Department's redaction.
So we have in the case of Ahmad Rahami some indication that he was inspired by a number of Islamic terrorist leaders, including ISIS leader Adnani.
Was he in contact with ISIS operatives overseas? So far, there's no indication of that. But these references may show that Rahami was acting in response to Adnani's call for Muslims in non-Muslim countries to conduct attacks simliar to what we saw in NY and NJ over the weekend.
So after the Justice Department's Orlando debacle, why would they be trying to again censor any ISIS-related references in making the case against Ahmad Rahami?
As Ben Weingarten noted after the Orlando attack, these [omitted] redactions are the "sine qua non of America's see-no-Islam national security policy."
What this second round of [omitted] redactions may indicate is the Obama administration's attempts to conceal how that national security policy -- one embraced by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton -- is failing.