Hey, remember when Obama opposed Miranda rights for terrorists?

posted at 8:53 pm on February 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

A quick stroll down memory lane in honor of Holder’s letter to Republican senators today accepting full responsibility for the decision to treat Abdulmutallab as a civilian. Don’t be too hard on the guy: Why, it was just a few short months ago that he was stammering his way through basic questions from Lindsey Graham about whether Bin Laden would need to be Mirandized if we caught him. Nice to see that, a year into his term, he’s finally settled on a position. I think.

Jan Crawford of CBS is unmoved:

The former CIA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden, contended out in a recent Washington Post editorial that the decision cost valuable intelligence. And while the White House last night was heralding the fact that Abdulmutallab has now started talking again—five weeks after he tried to blow up the airliner–those critics say the five weeks of silence came at a high cost, with real consequences.

Although he still may have some intelligence to offer, the five-week delay in questioning him diminished it, they say, because it gave al Qaeda time to adjust to whatever he revealed—changing safe houses, closing down email accounts, adopting new pseudonyms…

As Gregory Katsas, an assistant attorney general in the Bush Administration pointed out to me, Abdulmutallab is an actual combatant. He’s not some money guy or a facilitator. He tried to blow up a plane with nearly 300 people on board. And he’s not a U.S. citizen. Sure, he’s being held in this country, Katsas notes, but so were three enemy combatants during the Bush Administration—Yaser Esam Hamdi, Jose Padilla and Ali Salah Al Marri–and courts have said those detentions were lawful…

And that’s before you get to the real differences between Reid, whom many believe was more of a lone actor, and Abdulmutallab, who was an operative trained with and directed by al Qaeda abroad. Abdulmutallab presumably would have valuable, actionable intelligence—about his handlers, their locale, and his own individualized training–if interrogators had moved quickly to extensively question him before al Qaeda readjusted.

As Steve Hayes reminds us, Holder himself acknowledged back in 2002 that letting John Walker Lindh lawyer up was bound to make it harder to interrogate him for intel purposes. Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing the fact that Richard Reid was also Mirandized — repeatedly — when he was arrested, but like Crawford says, the “Bush did it too” argument isn’t a winner either politically or on the merits. But never mind all that. Remember when Cheney first started coming after The One last year on national security and 60 Minutes asked him to respond? March 23, 2009:

“Well, there is no doubt that we have not done a particularly effective job in sorting through who are truly dangerous individuals that we’ve got to make sure are not a threat to us, who are folks that we just swept up. The whole premise of Guantanamo promoted by Vice President Cheney was that somehow the American system of justice was not up to the task of dealing with these terrorists. I fundamentally disagree with that. Now, do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter down the block? Of course not,” Obama said.

The distinction, presumably, is that Gitmo detainees are somehow one category of jihadi and Abdulmutallab is a second, separate category — but what’s the distinction that divides those categories? Is it that Abdulmutallab actually made it to American soil for his attack whereas the Gitmo crowd was nabbed overseas? That’s a perverse incentive, if so: In that case, the closer you get to American civilians, the more rights you have. Is it the fact that the FBI, a law enforcement bureau, was the first agency to respond to the scene after the plane landed? If so, the distinction seems arbitrary: Had the CIA nabbed Abdulmutallab in Ghana before he boarded the plane, presumably he could have been sent to Gitmo or some other military prison. All of which is to say that the legal lines drawn here seem to depend not on the status of the suspect but on the happenstance of the circumstances of the arrest. Frankly, it makes me wonder if there’s any discrete, settled policy at all in how to handle jihadis going forward. There had better be one soon: As you’re about to see, via RCP, this is no academic exercise.


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Uh…no.

HornetSting on February 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Here’s to watching the naked boy king fall to ground and keep right on going down. Cheers!

RalphyBoy on February 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM

The donks and Obama are not going to be satisfied until there is another attack on our soil. Now that is a crisis not to be wasted.

jukin on February 3, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Here’s to watching the naked boy king fall to ground and keep right on going down. Cheers!

RalphyBoy on February 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM

He got a vision of 2012..

the_nile on February 3, 2010 at 9:00 PM

These fools (Holder and Obie) are going to get someone killed and a lot more people are seeing it now.

Dire Straits on February 3, 2010 at 9:02 PM

The standing order was obeyed: “Protect the king.” Holder wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last.

Bishop on February 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Frankly, it makes me wonder if there’s any discrete, settled policy at all in how to handle jihadis going forward.

Sure there is; “What would Bush have done?” – then do the opposite. Simple.

GarandFan on February 3, 2010 at 9:06 PM

But “the happenstance of the circumstances of the arrest” is the the argument we’re making against giving many of these guys getting full constitutional protections. After all, illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes in the US are still given the full treatment. But foreign enemy combatants captured on a foreign battlefield are not entitled to the same protections. They’re not even entitled to Geneva Convention protections.

The only reason I see for giving any of this scum citizen or even resident rights is to make Liberal Democrats feel better about themselves. Which is, of course, the driving force behind many of the “reforms” they have tried to foist on the country this last year (or any time for that matter). It’s also, appropriately, the reason for closing Gitmo.

JeffWeimer on February 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM

These fools (Holder and Obie) are going to get someone killed and a lot more people are seeing it now.

Dire Straits on February 3, 2010 at 9:02 PM

I don’t think they really care. By their words, and actions over all of this, I think they’d welcome it. Obama apologizes to the world for us, and our evil ways, so he obviously sees American citizens as deserving of punishment, or at least to be knocked down, a peg or 2.

I don’t see them taking any of this really seriously. They are part of the Ayres, Wright, hate America crowd.

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM

“All of which is to say that the legal lines drawn here seem to depend not on the status of the suspect but on the happenstance of the circumstances of the arrest.”

Don’t you just love it when Democrats are in charge of National Security…?

Kind of reminds me of the hay days of Jamie Gorelick.

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Holder is out of order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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canopfor on February 3, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Time to check the clips and put the batteries in the laser sight. Do these people come off as complete amateurs or what? They’re just going through the motions but, if the PantyBomber epsisode shows us anything, it shows us that these officials haven’t got a clue about protecting us. We’re gonna get hit and then the finger pointing will begin. Allah’s trying to make sense out of something that doesn’t make any sense. No logic can be applied to their actions to date, other than they are completely clueless.

gordo on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

These fools (Holder and Obie) are going to get someone killed and a lot more people are seeing it now.

Dire Straits on February 3, 2010 at 9:02 PM

By the end of his term I am not sure you will be able to quantify the number but it will be a big body count. I do not necessarily mean US Citizens but people all over the world. Just remember back to his position on Georgia when Russia invaded, his silence about the Iranian election and subsequent uprising. His policies and decisions show weakenss and ineptness to all and will encourage decisions from other leaders that otherwise would not have been made.

bluemarlin on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Thanks for the nice report Harry and Chip! And thanks for being a part of the media circus that helped sweep this fool into Office! Is Obama even in that snowy White House? Where in the hell is Dear Leader? Does he have a freakin clue about anything? Who on earth is in charge? *The next 3 to 6 months* could mean tomorrow….or tonight! For God’s sake…..

redwhiteblue on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

And, btw, even in a military tribunal, a lawyer IS provided to the accused.

I think the hoopla over Miranda rights doesn’t exactly make sense. It’s sort of creepy to suggest that the US isn’t going to provide a fair trial, particularly when we do, even if it’s a military trial.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Holder’s move to NY and out of the military tribunal system sent a nutty message, in my opinion. It suggested that the military isn’t fair.

Sort of like some Hollywood movie? That is what the administration should be accountable for having undermined.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I think they are out their depth. What sounds good in theory doesn’t always work in practice.

ldbgcoleman on February 3, 2010 at 9:22 PM

It’s sort of creepy to suggest that the US isn’t going to provide a fair trial, particularly when we do, even if it’s a military trial.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

~In my best Gomer Pyle voice~

Huh?

jerrytbg on February 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM

We are all John O’Neill’s now.

Pray we avoid his fate.

And damn the cowardly bastards that place us in harm’s way.

Bruno Strozek on February 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Steve Hayes is a rising star…I really like his analysis.

d1carter on February 3, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Ok, NOW I’m breaking out the whiskey…

lovingmyUSA on February 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

The glory of it all is that these ass hats are satisfied with sitting around and waiting for an incident to write a report about instead of proactively hunting down and eradicating the threat.

Children and sissies when we need men of warrior stock.

Alden Pyle on February 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Anything he is saying now is basically useless, or did you not read the article? Al Queda operatives are not stupid.

uknowmorethanme on February 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I don’t know whether to laugh or cryif there are a lot of folks that think this way.

Dire Straits on February 3, 2010 at 9:30 PM

And, btw, even in a military tribunal, a lawyer IS provided to the accused.

I think the hoopla over Miranda rights doesn’t exactly make sense. It’s sort of creepy to suggest that the US isn’t going to provide a fair trial, particularly when we do, even if it’s a military trial.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I think you are failing to realize that KSM had already pled guilty in a military tribunal before Holder decided to be a fool.

Eric Holder is a pure idealogue. Do you know what he did with his free time before becomeing Attorney General? He defended Gitmo detainees. For free.

uknowmorethanme on February 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Children and sissies when we need men of warrior stock.

Alden Pyle on February 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

But I wrote a letter to my vag-vag today…

Isn’t that enough?

AnninCA on February 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Just trying to help you out Ann…

… I know you are busy typing.

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM

The media lets these Obama people crow about Mutallab talking now, but they don’t ask if the lawyer is at his side during these little talks and whispering in his ear about which questions he shouldn’t answer.

And why is no one asking questions about why the Little Rock jihadi has never even been interviewed by the feds when the Obama people personally busted him out of a Yemeni prison and brought him to the US shortly after inauguration day. That is where the scandal should head next.

Buddahpundit on February 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM

One of the interesting things about the letter Holder produced about his role in the decision to mirandize the undybomber is that it now appears that Blair, Leiter and Napolitano were not fully truthful when they testified before congress about whether they were consulted. If he’s being truthful. Maybe that should be IF … Is it even possible to get a straight story out of this White House, or in postmodern fashion, does the truth shift to suit the political needs of the moment?

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

I think the hoopla over Miranda rights doesn’t exactly make sense.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Hoopla? The greatest privilege in the world is American citizenship, only US citizens have those rights. I shudder to think you’d toss our rights as a reward to any 3rd world pig that instantly becomes a felon when it illegally crosses our borders or lands here after failing in his mission to kill us.

Alden Pyle on February 3, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

As info was gathered, and released, it was revealed that Abdulmutullab was interrogated for 50 minutes, before being read his miranda rights, and clamming up. Gibbs went on to say, all the info they needed or that was important, was gathered in that 50 minutes. So what more could he have to say now? What relevant information is going to come out now? The answer? None! This is all a ruse, so that Obama, and company can try and correct this massive screw up.

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Holder: “I made the decision to charge Abdul-Mu-tablet.”

No shit?

You lose your resignation letter, you fool?

David2.0 on February 3, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

This Jahdist kid was an exception, not the rule. I doubt most of the enemy combatants that we gather will have family or friends that are willing to have their backsides painted with a target. Al-Quada won’t make this mistake again on recruiting bombers with compromising connections.

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Ann, five weeks after the fact, the intelligence is no longer timely and much of it may no longer be useful. Furthermore, broadcasting that he is now talking makes it even less useful. This entire mess has been a disgraceful 3-ring circus that I find stunning in its stupidity, as if 9/11 had never happened. Obviously for Obama, Holder, Napolitano, Blair and Leiter, nothing was learned from 3000 deaths on American soil in 102 minutes.

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

whether Bin Laden would need to be Mirandized if we caught him. Nice to see that, a year into his term, he’s finally settled on a position. I think.
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canopfor on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

does the truth shift to suit the political needs of the moment?

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Nailed!

jerrytbg on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

The greatest privilege in the world is American citizenship, only US citizens have those rights.

Alden Pyle on February 3, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Not true. Foreign nationals charged with crimes on US soil also have those rights. The distinction isn’t between Americans and non-Americans but between alleged criminals and illegal combatants.

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Agree. We broadcast to the world and to our enemy on every little detail about what and how we are obtaining intel. Laden will just institute plan B. Cheney mention something about this last year.

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

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canopfor on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I wonder if he thinks the continuing war on Liberty is just…

jerrytbg on February 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Which leads me to a question.

Why is Obama, and company so willing to be transparent when it comes to National Security, and the detailings of a man who was willing, able, and ready to bomb 300 people to their deaths, but not on anything else pertaining to National issues?

Why is he, and his admin so open with info, that is probably getting to the terrorists abroad?

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
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canopfor on February 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I wonder how Reverend “God D*mn America” Wright thinks about that comment?

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Does this administration really think that we are so stupid as to believe that the buck stopped with Holder? Anybody that believes this please contact me I have some good beach front property for sale, cheap.

chemman on February 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Wright understood exactly what he was saying. Zero is after America and he wouldn’t back down until he takes it down.

chemman on February 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM

capejasmine on February 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Good question but I think we know the answer to that. Obama and company believe that if we broadcast to the world on how America is just and fair in interrogating persons set out to kill civilian infidels, then this will somehow reduce any future threat.

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Not true. Foreign nationals charged with crimes on US soil also have those rights. The distinction isn’t between Americans and non-Americans but between alleged criminals and illegal combatants.

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

The simple narrow distinction should be legal status. No crim-alien should have Miranda rights.

Alden Pyle on February 3, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

I will add that I have no faith in that direction in that it puts our fate in the hands of our enemy. We are at war and we must have the upper hand at all costs, not sending out messages to our enemy that we are fair and just. The only way to gauge the success of this direction is to sit and wait for another attack to happen. Not worth the risk.

Electrongod on February 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Foreign nationals charged with crimes on US soil also have those rights. The distinction isn’t between Americans and non-Americans but between alleged criminals and illegal combatants.

ProfessorMiao on February 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM

But he wasn’t on US soil. He had not yet passed immigration and customs. There was a huge court case on this back in the late ’80s about whether the FBI had jurisdiction over a felon who had made it past immigration, and was on an outbound international flight. The court ruled that even though the plane had not departed, it was under extra-national (e.g. Maritime) jurisdiction, and the FBI had no right.

He was NOT ON US SOIL. He was a foreigner, still technically outside of the US. He had no US rights whatsoever. Holder is a jackass.

ss396 on February 3, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Sure there is; “What would Bush have done?” – then do the opposite. Simple.
GarandFan on February 3, 2010

Close!
Its “what did that idiot Bush do”.

State we’re “smart” whatever.

And then do “EXACTLY what Bush did”!

Even if it was wrong!

DSchoen on February 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I wonder if he thinks the continuing war on Liberty is just…

jerrytbg on February 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

jerrytbg:*Sigh*,no kidding!:)

canopfor on February 3, 2010 at 10:57 PM

ss396 on February 3, 201

Holder is a jackass

. Agreed

That court case, was that with the 9th circuit court?
Cuz that doesn’t make sense.

International law says a countries territory includes the “air” over that country and the ocean (if they have one) out to 12 miles.

We, the USA, claim a 200 mile off shore line as our territory.

The question then would be where was the plane when he tried to spark himself up?

If it was more than 200 miles off shore that’s international territory.

If it was more than 12 miles but less than 200 miles tats a gray area.

If it was within 12 miles of our shore, or over our land then that’s US territory.

DSchoen on February 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM

In June 1942, 2 U-boats brought eight German saboteurs to Long Island and Florida. They were caught on July 10, tried by a military commission, and six were executed on August 10.

The United States Supreme Court upheld the jurisdiction of the military commissions in Ex Part Quinn and stated:

…the law of war draws a distinction between the armed forces and the peaceful populations of belligerent nations and also between those who are lawful and unlawful combatants. Lawful combatants are subject to capture and detention as prisoners of war by opposing military forces. Unlawful combatants are likewise subject to capture and detention, but in addition they are subject to trial and punishment by military tribunals for acts which render their belligerency unlawful. The spy who secretly and without uniform passes the military lines of a belligerent in time of war, seeking to gather military information and communicate it to the enemy, or an enemy combatant who without uniform comes secretly through the lines for the purpose of waging war by destruction of life or property, are familiar examples of belligerents who are generally deemed not to be entitled to the status of prisoners of war, but to be offenders against the law of war subject to trial and punishment by military tribunals.

slp on February 3, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Frankly, it makes me wonder if there’s any discrete, settled policy at all in how to handle jihadis going forward.

Sure there is; “What would Bush have done?” – then do the opposite. Simple.

GarandFan on February 3, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Then, when that fails, reverse course and do what Bush originally did, and lie and pretend it was your idea all along.

Oblogic.

Reason riding dirty on a Mobius strip.

profitsbeard on February 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

“We have been asking the Attorney General questions on behalf of the American people. He has not simply shut us out; he has also shut out the public.”

Holder is better than you.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Shoebomber Reid was the problem that Bush/Congress solved. It is absurd to use that as an example rationalizing the “rights” bestowed upon Fruit of the Boom For the Christmas Pantybomber to be indulged illustrates that Barack Hussein Obama, and his partisan attack dog Holder, don’t care about Congress or common sense.

DANEgerus on February 4, 2010 at 1:55 AM

This from the Obama administration whose only transparency in government is fraud, corruption, and enhanced enabling of terrorism.

An elite US interrogation unit will conduct “scientific research” to find better ways of questioning top suspected terrorists, US intelligence director Dennis Blair said Wednesday.

“It is going to do scientific research on that long-neglected area,” Blair told the House Intelligence Committee, without elaborating on the nature of the techniques being tested.

Coming from the Obama administration that promotes fraud and hoax Gorebal Warming as “scientific” there is no confidence in “scientific research” conducted by Obama’s administration. Absolutely legal “better ways” that were proven productive were used by the Bush administration to protect America from further terrorism. So by “long neglected”, Blair references Obama’s prohibition of terrorist interrogation, period, given immediate Miranda “rights” that enemy combatants have no right to be given, let along using enhanced techniques.

maverick muse on February 4, 2010 at 6:16 AM

Oblogic.

profitsbeard on February 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

heh

maverick muse on February 4, 2010 at 6:19 AM

it now appears that Blair, Leiter and Napolitano were not fully truthful when they testified before congress about whether they were consulted.

Congress must prosecute those who lie under oath regarding national security.

When the coming terrorist attacks occur, voters will baptize their Congressional delegates with fire for not impeaching Obama who is performing like a passive aggressive terrorist himself.

maverick muse on February 4, 2010 at 6:32 AM

How did Stedman Graham become AG? Did Oprah let him off his chain or something?????

adamsmith on February 4, 2010 at 7:38 AM

I’m at the point where, when I see an “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker on a car, I need to glare at the driver for foisting this mess upon us all.

olesparkie on February 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Unfortunately, the issue is now a bit confused, since the underwear bomber is talking. Why? Because his family trusted the system and talked him into it.

That really does suggest that this approach isn’t all bad.

AnninCA on February 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

You are looking at the issue as a punitive one, a matter of determining the Panty Bomber’s guilt. The bigger issue is that opportunities for gathering critical intelligence when the Panty Bomber was taken into custody is lost. This lapse of time has allowed Al Qaeda in Yemen to regroup and change plans.

Holder unilaterally made the decision on December 25, using the DOJ/FBI as his determinative rationale. He did not include other agencies of the security apparatus in this decision-making. In fact, one of the high-value interrogation agencies that the Obama put into place when he rejected the Bush administration model is neither staffed nor operative. Furthermore, the Obama administration has no procedure for handling enemy combatants captured on our soil.

onlineanalyst on February 4, 2010 at 7:53 AM

Holder is fundamentally politicizing the justice department. Dismissing voter intimidation by Black Panther organizations and then Mirandizing terrorists. I’m sure he’s carrying the policy water that he thinks has been drawn by Obama. The same when this assclown gave Bill Clinton cover for the Frank Rich pardon. Do we really need people like this running our country?

kens on February 4, 2010 at 8:36 AM