FBI Reportedly Stifling Release Of Nashville Shooter’s Manifesto

The FBI has reportedly delayed the release of the manifesto written by the Nashville school shooter due to the potential threat it may pose to the public. According to a Tennessee official, the manifesto is a “blueprint on total destruction” and would be “astronomically dangerous” if placed in the wrong hands. The gruesome incident occurred on March 27, leaving three nine-year-olds and three adults dead at The Covenant School, a private Presbyterian institution.

The shooter, a 28-year-old woman who identified as a man, unleashed 152 bullets during her 14-minute rampage before being killed by the police. Although the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) is leading the investigation with assistance from the FBI, material related to the shooter remains under the bureau’s analysis, according to MNPD spokesman Don Aaron.

Metro Nashville Council Member Courtney Johnston stated that the FBI is unlikely to release the entire manifesto, adding that “the vast, overwhelming majority of it” could prove dangerous to the public. “I personally don’t want to know the depths to which her psychosis reached,” Johnston said.

A search warrant revealed that materials found at the shooter’s home included five laptops, a suicide note, two memoirs, five Covenant School yearbooks, and seven cell phones. Multiple congressional representatives have called for the release of the manifesto. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) pointed out that the document might help understand the shooter’s mindset and answer many questions. Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) insisted that if the materials are not released, an investigation into why they were withheld should be conducted.

Johnston explained that while parts of the shooter’s writings might be released eventually, most of the content could pose too much of a risk to the public. Joseph Giacalone, a former police officer and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, believes the public has a right to know what is in the manifesto, albeit heavily redacted. Giacalone suggested that the authorities may hesitate to release the document out of fear of backlash against the transgender community.

The reluctance of the FBI to release the manifesto is raising questions among the public, as many believe that transparency is essential for maintaining trust in governmental institutions. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 68% of the 971 participants believed the shooter’s manifesto should be released.

As calls for the release of the manifesto grow louder, it remains to be seen if the FBI will comply and provide the public with the information needed to understand the motives behind the horrific act in Nashville.

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