Months ago, when The One took office, I figured He would change tactics on the War on Terror. Like most far-left ideologues, He believes terror should be dealt with as a law enforcement issue. I mused to myself: “…they’ll probably read ’em their Miranda rights, too.”
Sadly, this has come to fruition…
…the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here’s the problem. You have foreign fighters who are targeting US troops today – foreign fighters who go to another country to kill Americans. We capture them…and they’re reading them their rights – Mirandizing these foreign fighters,” says Representative Mike Rogers, who recently met with military, intelligence and law enforcement officials on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.
This will undermine our military’s ability to keep us safe…
Rogers adds: “The problem is you take that guy at three in the morning off of a compound right outside of Kabul where he’s building bomb materials to kill US soldiers, and read him his rights by four, and the Red Cross is saying take the lawyer – you have now created quite a confusion amongst the FBI, the CIA and the United States military. And confusion is the last thing you want in a combat zone.”
One thing is clear, though. A detainee who is not talking cannot provide information about future attacks. Had Khalid Sheikh Mohammad had a lawyer, Tenet wrote, “I am confident that we would have obtained none of the information he had in his head about imminent threats against the American people.”
What. The. Hell.
UPDATE (12:19 PST) – this is based on some cross-searches (simply with Google), and then seeing that DrudgeReport posted the same thing… further proof that this administration continually says one thing and does another.
This is from Steve Kroft’s March 20th interview with President Obama:
Now do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter down the block? Of course not.
The context was some talk about what a mistake Guantanamo was, how it hasn’t made us any safer, how it simply breeds anti-American sentiment, how it is a “…constant effective recruitment of Arab fighters and Muslim fighters against U.S. interests…,” (the usual malarkey) and how we need to come up with a “mechanism” to process these detainees here and not just keep them there indefinitely. He continues:
And– what we intend to do is to come up with a responsible approach that’s still gonna make some tough choices. And my bottom line is always keeping the American people safe.
Yeah, we’re just going to extend our Constituional rights to those who want to kill us… that’ll keep us safe.