Video: Sessions blasts Brennan for USA Today op-ed

posted at 9:22 pm on February 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Jeff Sessions (R-AL) got a little heated on the Senate floor today in responding to Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan’s op-ed in USA Today earlier this week. The following is just an excerpt of Sessions’ retort to Brennan, rebutting his argument on procedural issues rather than the more incendiary charges that criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of the EunuchBomber “only serve[s] the goals of al-Qaeda.” On part of his argument captured here, Sessions scores points, and on one part … well, not so much. Sessions reminds us that Miranda only goes back 50 years and isn’t explicitly part of the Constitution — but it was a response to abuses of civil rights by law enforcement that the 1964 decision attempted to prevent.

However, that applies to criminal proceedings against American residents arrested for breaking the law.  The better point here isn’t whether Canada reads rights to suspects arrested by police in the normal course of law enforcement, but the ludicrous idea that we should read them to our enemies of war when captured after attempting to commit a terrorist act that would have killed hundreds of civilians.  A solid majority of Americans believe that approach to be ridiculous:


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Sorry to hijack, Ed, but you might want to add this to the Medina story:

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9443/medinak.jpg

She attended a San Antonio for 911 Truth meeting in December.

SnarkVader on February 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM

SnarkVader on February 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Not sure I follow the direct link there. Yes, yes – but if a link there said “come to the ‘politician X’ town hall meeting”, that doesn’t mean that the meeting was a truther event that the attendee attended knowing it was a truther event.

*shrug*

Not defending her comments today; it’s had an impact on what I think of her, for sure. Just not sure that screencap is as much an indictment as it is guilt by association.

Midas on February 11, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Not sure I follow the direct link there. Yes, yes – but if a link there said “come to the ‘politician X’ town hall meeting”, that doesn’t mean that the meeting was a truther event that the attendee attended knowing it was a truther event.

*shrug*

Not defending her comments today; it’s had an impact on what I think of her, for sure. Just not sure that screencap is as much an indictment as it is guilt by association.

Midas on February 11, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Looks like the group is organized by her husband/relative so I’m guessing she knew exactly what it was about. Plus, it’s the group’s main mission.

txag92 on February 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

txag92 on February 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Interesting – wonder what the relation there really is.

I posted elsewhere that Beck’s question seems out of left field – I suspect he or his research guys had turned up something on her that warranted that question…

Midas on February 11, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Dead enemies do not kill us and if we cannot get information from them, why have our troops endangered by trying to capture them alive.

Johan Klaus on February 11, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Opposing view: ‘We need no lectures’

Administration disrupts terrorists’ plots, takes fight to them abroad.

By John Brennan

Politics should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe.
======================

Do Tell!!!!

canopfor on February 11, 2010 at 9:53 PM

She attended a San Antonio for 911 Truth meeting in December.

SnarkVader on February 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM

No, the posting is on a 911 truther site, but the venue mentioned in the POST is a “Fayette County Town Hall in La Grange”, being held in the La Grange High School [La Grange, TX] Cafeteria.

If you Google “Debra Medina” “Richard Mack”, you get quite a different story about where their minds are, and it isn’t 911. Some of their supporters might be there, but they don’t seem to be there.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM

The most important breakthrough occurred after Abdulmutallab was read his rights,
=======================================

And were still dying to know!!

canopfor on February 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Dead enemies do not kill us and if we cannot get information from them, why have our troops endangered by trying to capture them alive.

Johan Klaus

Yes, but fungi were previously included in the plant kingdom, but are now seen to be more closely related to animals. Unlike embryophytes and algae which are generally photosynthetic, fungi are often saprotrophs: obtaining food by breaking down and absorbing surrounding materials.

Is it hot in here? My head’s spinning. What were we talking about?

Knott Buyinit on February 11, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Legally speaking, if Abdulmutallab has “opened up” and has spilled his guts, after being Mirandized, a couple questions come to mind.

First, was he offered any limited immunity for speaking up? And, second, if he has stated these many things on the record now, how will he fare in court? Utterances after being Mirandized can be used against a suspect and are routinely. If immunized, can any of this be used against him? Will the “fair trial” issue lead to his being released?

coldwarrior on February 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid was read his Miranda rights five minutes after being taken off a plane he tried to blow up. The same people who criticize the president today were silent back then.
===========================================
This is what happens when Leftys are free-baseing and
mainlining KOOL-AID!

But excuse me,I was paying attention!

Who are these,those,and they,that were silent back then!

It was the entire Liberal Party,El Code Wacko Pinko Moonbats
and every other bleeding heart Liberal that had a free-for-
all,of who can out score points bashing Bush,Cheney,Rice,
non-stop,24/7,which also included the Marxist Socialist Med
uia piling on non-stop!!

It was the entire Left of America who took President Bush to
task,every,breathing,waking,and comatose Lefty who had a
pulse!!!!

Of course,those,they,and them are silent,because it was
LIBERALS!!

Gawd,this is a pure propaganda piece!!

canopfor on February 11, 2010 at 10:09 PM

And, as for Brennan….

“Politics should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe?”

Really? Sorta like everyone in Washington came together re: Iraq and Afghanistan and Gitmo and the former GWOT?

Guess it only matters if a Dem is at the helm?

Brennan really needs to be fired.

coldwarrior on February 11, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The “shoe bomber” was arrested and Mirandized almost immediately after being taken off the plane….and at what point in our recent history were we?

Shoe Bomber tried his little feat in December 2001. The detention facility at Gitmo and the governing regime for detention of foreign enemy combatants was not put into place until April 2002.

coldwarrior on February 11, 2010 at 10:14 PM

The right to silence is protected under section 7 and section 11(c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

dormain on February 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

I can’t wait for Session and DeMint to be chairmen. :-D

SouthernGent on February 11, 2010 at 11:01 PM

This story makes me sick to my stomach. If there was ever anything we should be able to agree on as Americans it is that the bad guys should be stopped! It makes me just sick to think the left would rather play these political “Bush was an idiot for doing things he did” games. And that’s all anything Holder does is about. They want to show how bad Bush was and how much fairer they are.

Stupid stupid stupid!

It isn’t even about terrorism to them.

petunia on February 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Thank you, Jeff Sessions! Breaking a law is not the same thing as waging war!

Connie on February 11, 2010 at 11:18 PM

A little anger now and then is a good thing. Sometimes more than just a little can be a good thing.

Of course you wouldn`t know that with the pop psychology mind-set that has prevailed for decades now. Anger management? Maybe. Always? No way.

Anger is always bad is a liberal notion. Not that a lot of liberals are very nice.

People in tears after viewing Avatar(s) (crappy liberal fantasy film with NO human characters) curse their fellow man quite regularly, based on my experience.

Me? I was reading about the Civil War recently. Talk about tragedy. That was real.

And I am angered to no end by the acts of terrorists and those horrible beheadings. Welcome to the real.

Anger is a natural emotion.

And it can be the right emotion depending on the circumstances.

Sessions is rightly indignant regarding Brennan and, yes, angry.

Anger is highly underrated these days.

St.Anger has a place and is feels put upon these days.

Just ask Metallica. Really listen to the lyrics.

Keith Olbermann is hateful towards those who are genuinely angry with good reason at the Obummer Deministration

The golden mean. The mean. Moderation.

Too much anger for no reason? Not good.

No anger despite a very good reason? Not good. Unhealthy.

I`m just a ramblin` ranting fellow, I guess.

Sherman1864 on February 12, 2010 at 2:01 AM

SouthernGent, we got a couple of great Senators with both Sessions and DeMint. I’ve been fortunateto have had the opportunity to meet and hear both in person and they are great, strongly principled, fearless advisaries to the left and of good humor! These 2 are the model that our country’s framers envisioned as the Citizen Statesmen!

el Vaquero on February 12, 2010 at 4:05 AM

Enemies have their choice of two rights.

You have the right to lay down your arms and cooperate

or

You have the right to be shot in the head

- The Cat

MirCat on February 12, 2010 at 5:52 AM

Sounds like YOU LIE! is becoming the official B.O. Administration motto.

pilamaye on February 12, 2010 at 9:19 AM

yOU GO, Senator Sessions, don’t let the a**hats get away with this deceitful tripe!!

elclynn on February 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I think the main aspect of Sessions’ “it’s not a right”.. is that of providing the perp a lawyer.

I haven’t read the BOR for that aspect, so I dunno

VinceP1974 on February 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM