Good news: DNI, FBI chief weren’t sure who should interrogate Flight 253 bomber

posted at 9:25 pm on January 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Should the FBI have questioned him or the CIA? Should he have been treated as a criminal or an enemy combatant? Should he get a civilian trial or a military tribunal?

Don’t worry. Someone somewhere in the chain of command will figure it out.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair on Wednesday criticized the decision by FBI agents last month to question the Christmas Day airline bombing suspect as a criminal and not interrogate him as a terrorist…

The intelligence chief said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should have been questioned by the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG, a special panel established by President Obama.

“We did not invoke the HIG in this case. We should have. Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people. And, you know … that’s what we will do now. And so we need to make those decisions more carefully,” Mr. Blair told Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee.

Well, okay. I’m sure FBI chief Robert Mueller had his reasons for wanting the feds to do the questioning. Bob?

FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and revealed that he was not consulted on the question of whether to handle accused Detroit airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a defendant in the civilian justice system or as an enemy combatant. Abdulmutallab, who was trained by al Qaeda — with whom President Obama says the United States is at war — was charged as a civilian and given Miranda rights and a taxpayer-supplied lawyer. At a Judiciary Committee hearing today, ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions asked Mueller, “Who made the decision that Abdulmutallab was going to be treated as a criminal rather than an enemy belligerent?” The answer: the agents on the scene, with no input from the FBI director

“So the decision was made by agents on the ground based on some protocol or some policy that they understood?” Sessions asked.

“Based on an ongoing, very fluid situation,” Mueller answered, “in which they are trying to gather the facts and determine what culpability this individual had, but as important as determining the culpability of this individual, what other threats were out there that needed to be addressed?”

You’ll be glad to know that Blair later amended his statement to say that the HIG couldn’t have interrogated Abdulmutallab because, um, it’s not fully operational yet. Evidently he didn’t know that either during his testimony. All of which sounds really bad, until you remember that the guy who could have made an executive decision here was so absurdly unprepared for his own Senate grilling on this subject a few months ago that he couldn’t answer a basic question from Lindsey Graham about whether we’d have to read Bin Laden his Miranda rights if we captured him.

Thank goodness that our military, at least, is treating the threat of jihadism with the seriousness which it deserves. Exit quotation: “The U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith.”

Update: First attempt at a headline wasn’t quite clear so I tweaked it to clarify.


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The System…..is working.

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM

We’re toast.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Two words. Keystone Cops.

Un. Effing. Believable.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM

“Who is in charge here?” (Fingers point in all directions.)

Skandia Recluse on January 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, we’ve got good people in Washington, ready to step up to the plate and say “I’M RESPONSIBLE!”

GarandFan on January 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Man admits to having attempted an act of terrorism; FBI puzzled about jurisdiction.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Defense isn’t a top priority with progressives, as they are above that kind of thing.

I hope this FUBAR situation has been a “teachable moment” for the Obama White House and admin.

toliver on January 20, 2010 at 9:33 PM

“The U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith.”

Oops. Another slipup. But the paperwork is done. Back to sleep, everyone.

Fletch54 on January 20, 2010 at 9:33 PM

They should just show him a tape of The Cairo Speech – then I’m sure he will confess to everything… and rainbows will fill the sky… and the unicorns will dance among us./

redwhiteblue on January 20, 2010 at 9:34 PM

“The U.S. military’s just-released report into the alleged Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various alleged slipups by alleged Army officers but not once mentions alleged shooter Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the alleged killings may have had anything to do with the alleged suspect’s view of his wonderful, peace-loving Muslim faith.”

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Wow! This should really be helpful to BHO…

d1carter on January 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM

We’ve got top men working on it now.

Top. Men.

Purple Fury on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Eventually Al Qaeda will find a terrorist who is not as incompetent as the people chosen by the White House and hundreds or thousands of people will die.

pedestrian on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Don’t worry, I’m sure all the kinks in the system will be worked out after they pass a 2,000 page health care bill. The government is here to help!

Wineaholic on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

“The buck stops” where?

Alas, the trainwreck continues…

2ipa on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Uh, for $5000, I’ll take Intelligence Agencies.

What is the CIA?

unclesmrgol on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Man admits to having attempted an act of terrorism; FBI puzzled about jurisdiction.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Don’t blame the FBI for being puzzled. Look who their boss is, Holder.

Whose former law firm specializes in representing terrorists.

The FBI, I’m sure, were just playing it safe, knowing they’d be prosecuted if, after the fact, they were judged by Holder and Obama to have overstepped their bounds.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

why not let axelrod and ploufe get first shot, they can find out how to spin first and that is what matters for this admin.

rob verdi on January 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

uknowmorethanme on January 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

MIB on the case?

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Wow I feel safe after all of this has come out. Not!

I am amazed at the lack of stupidity when it comes to these two cases. It’s sad when those who are out to kill us have the same rights as Americans. They should be tried by the military and punishment should fit the crime.

Brat4life on January 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM

O/T

Drudge top-line: “Democrats propose $1.9 trillion increase in debt limit…”

Unbe-frickin-lievable. These people are learning-disabled (no offense meant to the learning-disabled).

bofh on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Exit quotation: “The U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith.”

This is unbelievably frustrating.

BadgerHawk on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

I think we need to set up a blue ribbon panel, and follow all of its recommendations, probably even setting up some sort of over-arching security apparatus, to streamline and coordinate these things. It should be a cabinet-level position. We’ll call it the “Department of Homeland Security.”

notropis on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

The FBI, I’m sure, were just playing it safe, knowing they’d be prosecuted if, after the fact, they were judged by Holder and Obama to have overstepped their bounds.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Ah…the “acted stupidly” admonition is reaping it’s benefits already.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

“Shovel Ready”… Well, let’s face it… Obama couldn’t lead a ditch diggin crew without instilling doubt as to what to do… Or who should do it.

RalphyBoy on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

The FBI, I’m sure, were just playing it safe, knowing they’d be prosecuted if, after the fact, they were judged by Holder and Obama to have overstepped their bounds.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

+1000! Given past experience where Obama and Holder chilled the halls of intelligence, I’d say a CYA moment was definitely in order here.

After all, the buck stops somewhere down there, right?

unclesmrgol on January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

F’king Keystone cops…..WTF

patrick neid on January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I don’t know what you are worrying about, don’t you realize the most important thing to do now is to pass ObamaCare??????

NOW!!

Nothing is more important than passing ObamaCare!!

cntrlfrk on January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

They’re too happy just to be “acting,” wearing the suit, looking the part than really doing their f*cking jobs! We’re sitting ducks! It’s worse than one hand not knowing what the other is doing, it’s 9/10/01 all over again..

flameofjudah on January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

B freakin’ +! It’s like September 11, 2001 never happened.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

How could this happen? We all know that Byzantine bureaucracies run as efficiently as the sewer systems of Tijuana.

Geochelone on January 20, 2010 at 9:42 PM

FUBAR! Where is Barney Fife when you need him.

Dire Straits on January 20, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I see Jamie Gorelick is back on the job…

I don’t know about you, but I’m against another 3,000 innocent Americans getting killed just to protect a political a%s!

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

who’s on first?

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Morons
All they had to do was blame Bush !
El Estupido

macncheez on January 20, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Somebody better get pissed over this in Washington or in the MSM, because National Security is not some political pinball. Somebody better get their ass handed to them immediately and this needs to be #1 on Obama’s executive agenda. Let Obamacare rot, Congress needs to get people to work.

This is NOT a game here, and this is completely unacceptable. 1 year into Obama’s tenure and WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE TERRORISTS WE’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO CATCH ALIVE!

Our safety is in our own hands.

uknowmorethanme on January 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Where the hell are they recruiting these assclowns from, RENO 911?!!!!

pilamaye on January 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM

He I know. Let’s put the government in charge of our HC too. What could go wrong?

TheBigOldDog on January 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM

[ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM]

[Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM]

Together, it’s even funnier.

So why am I crying?

Dusty on January 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Holder is far more dangerous than Gorelick ever hoped to be. If a serious terrorist attack occurs, the blood is on his hands.

Not for direct involvement, mind you, but for doing everything except sending a gold engraved invitation to the terrorists.

He makes Van Jones look like a choir boy.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

The expression is, um a “Cluster [something].”
If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be funny. How-EVAH, I DO think we are stepping back from the precipice!
USA, USA, USA (lather, rinse, repeat.)

Chewy the Lab on January 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Yep, this isn’t going to end well for a whole bunch of us.

myrenovations on January 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Billions down the shiiter for these fools. Just payin’ for a mirage’….

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I worry for our citizens in the densely populated areas . I think Obambi thinks you deserve chickens roosting on you .

borntoraisehogs on January 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Holder is far more dangerous than Gorelick ever hoped to be. If a serious terrorist attack occurs, the blood is on his hands.

Not for direct involvement, mind you, but for doing everything except sending a gold engraved invitation to the terrorists.

He makes Van Jones look like a choir boy.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

2011 session of the new Congress should vote to oust him by bringing him up charges of treason.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Oooh, Tucker Carlson, AP’s clubbin buddy, just gave Obama a D….didn’t even bat an eye. So did the hottie on the end with cleavage. She might be a Marla, but she has nice cleavage.ohhh, Leeann Tweeden, TnA personality, er TV personality.

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM

So did the hottie on the end with cleavage. She might be a Marla, but she has nice cleavage.ohhh, Leeann Tweeden, TnA personality, er TV personality.

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Please be more respectful to my next wife, and the love of my life.

TXUS on January 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Abdulmutallab, who was trained by al Qaeda — with whom President Obama says the United States is at war — was charged as a civilian and given Miranda rights and a taxpayer-supplied lawyer.


Hello….Hello….Hello……

……is there anybody in there…….

………..just nod if you can hear me……….

……………….is there anyone at home………….

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

the agents on the scene, with no input from the FBI director…

The local FBI did not think to call a boss when someone tried to blow up an airplane??? Oh right it was Christmas they were all on vacation…..

Gibbsy said that they did get “actionable intellegence” yeah right… the Detroit FBI is a highly trained terrorist interrogation squad….

Pres. Obama said that he thinks about national security all day, every day…maybe the time for thinking is over??

kringeesmom on January 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

The Three Stooges would have a better shot at handling National Security, than these baffoons are doing. Good Lord!!!

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

If someone made a movie out of this the viewers would say no way the DNI, FBI, HIG, couldn’t be this inept, stoopid, clueless.

Couldn’t happen they have procedures, plans, contigencies for these kinds of things.

Now we find out; FOR REAL THEY DON’T? Fort Hood; FOR REAL THEY DON’T?

Obiden was right;
Stay away from Planes, trains, tall buildings, crowded military bases where no-one has a gun,
Else pack your own heat and prepare to be Dirty Harry!

We’re screwed!

dhunter on January 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM

I thought Homeland Security was created to have the overhead supervision of CIA/FBI?

Yet Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano was (and still is) clueless. She had no idea who made the decision, and was not consulted. What had she done besides issue the rightwing extremist memo? Why are we paying her salary still?

Sir Napsalot on January 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people. And, you know … that’s what we will do now. And so we need to make those decisions more carefully,” Mr. Blair told Sen. Susan Collins,

Are we talking about National Security or which store we should go to first at the mall?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

We are from the government and we are here to help with the man-caused-disaster contingency thingy. Do you know if they have halal coffee here?

BL@KBIRD on January 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Not one of these Bozos’ is up to the task, fire the whole lot and start over.

dhunter on January 20, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I am without comment. Just … wow.

Jaibones on January 20, 2010 at 10:35 PM

These people had the juevos to call George Bush’s administration incompetent?

Jaibones on January 20, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Clearly, it is very difficult to fill these positions. Maybe we should have a talent show like American Idol and pick out HIG people that way. Every week they could be given a new challenge.

“This week on American Interrogator the contestants will need to get actionable intelligence from our terrorist to avert a man-made disaster at a major sea port. Contestants will be judged on creativity, speed, and how well they avoid giving the Justice Department reason to bring them up on torture charges at some unspecified time in the future.”

Who will be our next AMERICAN INTERROGATOR!!!!!

Lily on January 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Frak Frak Frak FRAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maquis on January 20, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Nothing a daily two-minute hate (‘past 8 years’, Boooosh/Darth Cheney) couldn’t help. We have to be reminded everyday where to aim our hate/anger towards.

They don’t yet realize the phrase ‘past 8 years’ wouldn’t apply anymore. But they can’t say past 9 years because that includes Obama’s first year.

Sir Napsalot on January 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Check out this You Tube video, which mixes the Senate testimony (including Blair’s “Duh” comment) and Team America clips to the music of “America, Duh Yeah!”: http://www.youtube.com/user/Optoons#p/u/0/JheZc–xRm4

Mervis Winter on January 20, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I really, really hate stupid people. There isn’t anything you can do for them to make them better. I really hate stupid people.

Do you know the difference between ignorance and stupidity?

You take an ignorant person and give them some information and they are no longer ignorant.

Stupidity is forever.

Mirimichi on January 20, 2010 at 11:19 PM

You know, much as Susan Collins may have seemed a squish on some votes, she has done a great job in several areas. She is asking the right questions regarding this Homeland Security lapse; she pushed the issue of that TSA candidate to make good on his claims of innocence until he had to withdraw his candidacy; she is sticking with Olympia Snowe in rejecting a public option mandate.

What is pathetic about the Fruit of the Boom bomber’s attempt was the Keystone Kops reaction to it, the usurpation of the FBI to treat this as a criminal matter, Janet Napolitano’s cluelessness and incompetance, and CinC ObaMao’s absolute indifference to the situation even after several days’ lapse.

onlineanalyst on January 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Insane political correctness by our military: they can’t mention that Hasan’s jihadist slaughter was directly the result of his understanding of what Islam requires of Muslims even after he went to such trouble to personally notify them with a clear slide show!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/11/10/GA2009111000920.html?sid=ST2009110903704

Hardly a “Religion of peace”, and I don’t see why any “moderate” Muslim in the Military can’t read the Quran the same way and also go suddenly jihad-crazy. But who in responsible positions can discuss the risks, the threat? It seems Obama and Gen. diversity-is-job-1 Casey have discouraged reasonable discussions about this.

Chessplayer on January 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Here is a lot more detail about why the Christmas Day follies should be questioned more fully: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZjQ5OWY1ODc2M2Q2ZDFiM2Q0YzVhYTlkYjkwOTM2MGY=

The ObaMao administration via the influence of Holder is undermining our intelligence services. Some hard questions need to be asked, and heads need to roll.

onlineanalyst on January 20, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Blair also said criteria for adding people to the government’s “no fly” list was too legalistic. He said that in recent years there has been pressure to shrink rather than expand the list because of a cascade of complaints from people getting “hassled” by authorities.

“Why are you searching grandmothers?” was a too-common refrain, he said.
Though the Obama administration has since moved to expand the list in the wake of the terror attempt, Blair said analysts were being told to cast a “very fishy eye” on including more names for “several years before 2008.”

(from Foxnews)

1)Blair and others can’t seem to understand that they need to find a way to shrink the list by making sure grandmothers and babies aren’t on the list. HINT: you need more than names. Your finally adding sex and date of birth. Welcome to 2010.

(I can’t sign up my daughter for a gymnastics class without telling them her name/DOB/sex because they want to know how many girls and boys they have and if I am trying to get a 6 year old in a 10 year old class.)

2)And Blame Bush is still going strong.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

We are so f#$%^& if we’re hit by a large terrorist attack sometime during the next 3 years. The federal government has simply become a jobs program for political favor seekers and hacks.

Why bother dedicating your life to your profession when it’s just who you know?

Mojave Mark on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Another disastrously embarrassing ~and telling ~Obama Doctrine moment:

The We-Don’t-Have-A-Frikkin-Clue Brigade blunders into a minefield they laid themselves.

And now they’re trying to tapdance backwards -while smiling.

But the public has caught on to their machiavellian folly:

Undermining and weakening the nation for mere political power.

profitsbeard on January 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM

onlineanalyst on January 20, 2010 at 11:49 PM

From the NRO link:

The Obama White House is so committed to the law-enforcement approach to combating terrorism — the very approach that the bipartisan 9/11 Commission said was a major reason the 9/11 plot went undetected until it was too late — that the possibility of interrogating Abdulmutallab to learn whether he had information that could help prevent another attack was seen as, at best, a secondary consideration and, at worst, wholly irrelevant.

Holder needs to be called before the Congressional committee, for all the good that will do. Might as well call Axelrod, also, since it’s been reported that he sits in on NSC meetings at the White House — he apparently “frames” the image of terrorism, along with every other policy that’s been so wildly successful for this administration.

Nichevo on January 21, 2010 at 3:04 AM

I feel safer…….not

gosh, i miss W and cheney…absolute laughingstock to the world….

cmsinaz on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Nichevo on January 21, 2010 at 3:04 AM

did anyone in this administration actually read the 9/11/ comission report?

sheesh!

cmsinaz on January 21, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Big news on the CAIR investigation over at WND

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=122650

FBI gets ‘Muslim Mafia’ ‘smoking-gun’ documents
12,000 pages on CAIR terror ties turned over in reply to subpoena

Responding to a federal subpoena served by the FBI, lawyers for a former Air Force special agent who conducted a private undercover probe of the Council on American-Islamic Relations have turned over thousands of pages of internal documents that allegedly confirm the D.C.-based Muslim group’s role as a front for terrorist groups that seek Islam’s domination over the U.S.

Mr Purple on January 21, 2010 at 6:43 AM

I am honestly surprised there hasn’t been more outrage over yesterday’s testimony. What we learned is essentially that Eric Holder is running the FBI, DHS, DOD, and the intelligence community. Everybody else in the administration was on vacation or otherwise out of the loop.

Again, where is the outrage?

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Again, where is the outrage?

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

i’m afraid it won’t appear until we get hit again…

cmsinaz on January 21, 2010 at 7:16 AM

FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and revealed that he was not consulted on the question of whether to handle accused Detroit airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a defendant in the civilian justice system or as an enemy combatant.

It wasn’t just Mueller. Neither he, nor Napolitano, nor Blair – not a one of them were consulted. But I betcha Eric Holder was consulted. Don’t forget that the CIA was demoted and interrogation power was given to the F.B.I. by the Obama Administration under HIG, overseen by the N.S.C.

What did Holder know and when did he know it?

Buy Danish on January 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM

mmmmmm mm mmmmm Smart Power!

Alden Pyle on January 21, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Where’s Hillary?

Bugler on January 21, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I give “smart power” a solid B+

wildcat84 on January 21, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Car 54 – where the $@#& are you?

Jed_Eckert on January 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Here is the federal government failing to do its most basic, Constitutional function. Someone tell me why we shouldn’t just scrap it and start over.

It wasn’t just Mueller. Neither he, nor Napolitano, nor Blair – not a one of them were consulted. But I betcha Eric Holder was consulted. Don’t forget that the CIA was demoted and interrogation power was given to the F.B.I. by the Obama Administration under HIG, overseen by the N.S.C.

What did Holder know and when did he know it?

Buy Danish on January 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM

This is a great Q. Why wasn’t Eric the Red summoned to testify yesterday, along with the rest of the Keystone Cops? btw, McCain did a nice job in this questioning.

james23 on January 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Again, where is the outrage?

highhopes on January 21, 2010 at 6:59 AM

I believe that was directed at Glenn Beck.

Monica on January 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“Stunning, stupid national security incompetence” More from Andy McCarthy, including Sen. Jeff Sessions’s remarks:
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YWFkZjNjYjg4OTI1M2M1MzIyNjU5MjBjMmY1MzQ2NWY=

Holder needs to answer for this travesty. So does ObaMao. Enough of these People magazine softball interviews!

The administration has emasculated our intelligence services and raised up a politicized DoJ.

onlineanalyst on January 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Hmmmmm.

So we HAD and HIG unit.

But now we do NOT have an HIG unit.

sigh.

memomachine on January 21, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Who can blame them when they might be prosecuted for doing so.

This administration is a disaster. I hope we can recover. Maybe when this idiot in the Whitehouse is FINALLY* in the history books we can get a law that keeps our intelligence people safe from political vendettas of in coming administrations.

Only then we will be safe again.

*Has it really only been a year? It feels like a lifetime.

petunia on January 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM

They said the agents on the ground made the decision huh? They probably decided (after a year of ping pong between moveon.org and the AG deciding if CIA/FBI agents should be prosecuted for talking tough to terrorists) to take the politically correct route to cover their owns arses. After the last year of discussions, I can hardly blame them.

RonD504 on January 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

he couldn’t answer a basic question from Lindsey Graham about whether we’d have to read Bin Laden his Miranda rights if we captured him.

The one and only proper answer to that question is “Bin Laden is to be shot on sight. Even if he’s butt naked with his hands in the air, trying to surrender.”

rbj on January 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM

So, when one of these f’ers does finally pop a nuke over Your Favorite City, USA one day, we’ll just call my bad – and move on to the next tee?

This is exactly what we get with no leadership and conflicting leadership from above – from the CIC. Let’s blame the low ranking field agent on scene – not our stated policy to advise jihadis of the Miranda rights. That way, no one can take a direct shot at the President’s policy.

As in the Ft. Hood investigation case, political correctness will only result in more deaths of Americans…

catmman on January 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Buy Danish on January 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Good question. If Holder won’t answer if he directed the field agents to mirandize Abdulmutallab, then they should call in those field agents and ask them who they talked to before they decided to mirandize undie bomber.

And blaming the field agents….another ice cold shower on our law enforcement/intelligence agents in the field.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM

And we learned from FBI Director Mueller’s questioning that responsibility for the decision to switch gears from intelligence collection to criminal processing lies with an unnamed high-ranking official at the Department of Justice

. (McCarthy’s article)

I don’t even need 2 guesses to figure out who it is. Put Holder in front of the committee and start interrogating him now. Then demand that Obama fire him.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Hey, I could head that HIG thing. You want talk? They’ll talk. Besides, in these time it would be good to have a government sinecure with good retirement benefits and, purely as a perk, I’d be doing something I enjoy.

Hucklebuck on January 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM

This is exactly what we get with no leadership and conflicting leadership from above – from the CIC. Let’s blame the low ranking field agent on scene – not our stated policy to advise jihadis of the Miranda rights. That way, no one can take a direct shot at the President’s policy.

catmman on January 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

There are very good Law Enforcement agents (my brother.)
But I guarantee SOMEONE ORDERED these guys to go against their instincts to treat them as terrorists.

I would wager that 99% of the field agents know what the HID is.

barnone on January 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

There’s somebody at the door. Says his name is Jack?

- The Cat

MirCat on January 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I think Countdown was knocking Senator Lieberman for intelligence/security failures the other night.

Wow. I thought they were stiil blaming W for this kind of thing.

Watch the media hardly cover this…

IlikedAUH2O on January 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Based on an ongoing, very fluid situation,” Mueller answered, “in which they are trying to gather the facts …

What a moron FBI director Mueller must be! He was asked on what basis the decision was made and he said this? Fluidity is a basis?!! They wanted to “gather the facts” and so accordingly the FBI agents got the underwear bomber Mirandized and told to shut up?!!

Is Obama spreading a get-stupid virus?

Chessplayer on January 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM