ORLANDO, Fla. — About two dozen media organizations including the Associated Press, CNN and The New York Times filed a lawsuit today seeking disclosure of city of Orlando phone recordings stemming from the Pulse nightclub shooting.
The city, meanwhile, claimed in its own court filing that the recordings are exempt under Florida public records law and that the FBI insists releasing them may disrupt the ongoing investigation.
The media lawsuit contends city officials are wrongly withholding recordings of dozens of 911 calls as well as communications between gunman Omar Mateen and the Orlando Police Department. Mateen was killed by police early June 12 after a lengthy standoff in a mass shooting that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
The Connecticut State Police is attempting to keep under wraps items it gathered at the residence of Nancy and Adam Lanza during its initial investigation of the incident. On June 26 it appealed a unanimous decision by the Connecticut FOI Commission to release the evidence following a request by The Hartford Courant.
This week’s guest on Real Politik is Islamic Studies scholar, journalist, and pioneer 9/11 Truth activist Kevin Barrett. Dr. Barrett discusses his most recent book, We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11, an exciting new volume featuring contributions from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Webster Tarpley, Barbara Honegger, Alain Soral, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and many more.
Barrett holds a doctorate in Arabic Studies from The University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a regular columnist at Iran’s PressTV, an editor at Veterans Today, and the host of his long-running interview program Truth Jihad Radio. Barrett is also the author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (Progressive 2006) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (Khadir, 2009).
This week’s guest on Real Politik is political cartoonist Ben Garrison. In a sea of largely homogeneous editorial cartooning, Mr. Garrison brings a truly unique voice and vision. Presently a freelance commercial artist, Garrison’s first cartoons appeared in The San Angelo Standard Times in the early 1980s. He was also a graphic artist at the The San Antonio Express News and TheSeattle Post-Intelligencer.
In 2008, the big banks were bailed out, which served as Garrison’s wake-up call. Like many other outraged Americans, he wrote his senators and congressman, urging them vote against the bailout, but he was ignored. The bailout marked the point where Mr. Garrison felt he had to do something. He wanted to ring alarm bells and so he became a citizen muckraker. In 2009 he began drawing editorial cartoons that skewered the Federal Reserve and the growing police state in America. The Internet made it possible for his cartoons to be seen by millions all over the world. The Internet also made it possible for anonymous entities to deface his work, libel his name and make him into the most trolled cartoonist in the world.