Nashville shooter Audrey Hale’s still-unreleased manifesto will not, when finally released, be in its entirety because of the danger its contents pose, according to Metro Nashville Council Member Courtney Johnston.
“What I was told is, her manifesto was a blueprint on total destruction, and it was so, so detailed at the level of what she had planned,” Johnston told the New York Post after reportedly speaking with the FBI.
“That document in the wrong person’s hands would be astronomically dangerous,” she continued.
She added that “parts” of the manifesto will eventually be released, but stressed that “the vast, overwhelming majority of it” poses too much of a danger to the public.
“I personally don’t want to know the depths to which her psychosis reached … When I’m told by an MNPD high-ranking official that it keeps him up at night, I’m going to defer to that person in that agency that I don’t need to read that,” she said.
Not everybody agrees with this mindset:
Who believes the FBI’s concerns?
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) April 21, 2023
If she was conservative, it would have been out 2 minutes later.
— gwgm (@gwgmtweets) April 20, 2023
I’m so sick and tired of these people labeling the truth as dangerous.
— Max (@CleverMaxName) April 20, 2023
It’s like the government has forgotten who they work for and thinks they know better than everyone else. “Dangerous for public consumption” = they don’t trust you
— ButHomeIsNowhere (@HomeIsNowhere33) April 21, 2023
So the FBI has determined that the manifesto is so bad they just won’t let anyone know about it? Their excuse is someone else may use it to cause harm? I’m calling that a political decision from their bosses. There’s already enough info on the internet for any murderer.
— Phil (@P_dknight) April 21, 2023
Joseph Giacalone, a former police officer who’s now an author and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argued to the Post that the public “has a right to know” what’s in the manifesto “even if it’s heavily redacted.
That said, he believes he knows why the FBI is delaying releasing the manifesto.
“I think what the FBI is really concerned here with, and I think law enforcement, is that if there is something in there that is truly damaging for the transgender community, I think they are hesitant to do it because they are afraid of a violent backlash against that protected class of people,” Giacalone said.
That may be so, but according to Rep. Andy Ogles, a Republican, if the manifesto isn’t eventually released, “then we need to investigate why.”
Rep. Walter Hudson, also a Republican, suggested that not releasing the manifesto will only result in “increasing distrust with the FBI and with government agencies generally.”
“One of the greatest threats to democracy or, as I would say, threats to the Constitutional Republic, is the erosion of trust in institutions. The FBI is one of those institutions,” he said.
“If you’re going to wield power in a free country, then you have a responsibility to maintain the public’s trust in that power – and the FBI needs to figure out how to do that,” he added.
Minnesota state Rep. Walter Hudson has also spoken out in favor of the manifesto being publicly released:
There speculation in media that we may never see the manifesto of the Nashville shooter because she’s dead and there won’t be a trial.
We should absolutely know what motivated someone to shoot and kill six people, including three nine-year-old children.
— Walter Hudson (@WalterHudson) April 10, 2023
All this comes as the Biden administration both continues to ignore Hale’s victims and continues to portray transgender Americans as the nation’s true victims.
Case in point: During a briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ranted and raved about the critical but non-violent blowback Bud Light has received over its decision to make a “transgender woman” its spokesperson.
“When a transgender American posts a video about a brand of beer they enjoy, and it leads to bomb threats, it’s clear that that level of violence and vitriol against transgender Americans has to stop,” she said without specifying what violence she was talking about.
“And the president has been very clear. I just laid this out. The administration has, is going to do everything that they can to protect LGBTQI+ people who are under attack. And that’s what we’ve been seeing across the country, especially in statehouses. And so we’re going to fight alongside them to protect their rights,” she added.
“They should be allowed to be who they are, who they want to be, and they should be able to speak out against, and we should be able to speak out and others should be able to speak out, against hate and discrimination. But look, that type of dangerous rhetoric, that type of vitriolic language and violence? That needs to stop.”
Predictably, she had nothing to say about the increasing threats of violence from the transgender community:
Is this a threat? This reads like a threat. Transgender person says that any woman who tries to stop him from entering a woman’s bathroom “will be making the last mistake you’ve ever made.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 19, 2023
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