Tuesday, January 26

50 minutes


Americans need to know that the terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a.k.a., the Christmas day underwear bomber dude, was interrogated for 50 minutes and during that time he blabbed a lot about al Qaeda in Yemen to Detroit officials and then he stopped talking after he was read his Miranda rights by the Federal agents.

Yeah, he's not a US citizen but the Obama administration believes, for reasons that aren't quite clear to me, that non-citizens should have the same rights as you, me and my Mom.

If Obama was serious about combating terrorism, serious interrogators would have been questioning Abdulmutallab on the ground in Michigan, not some local cops with no working knowledge of al Qaeda, or Yemen or terrorism.

A serious President would have interrogated a terrorist 500 hours or whatever was necessary to glean actionable intelligence. Fifty minutes is insulting to the country.

Obama and A.G. Eric Holder are so bad on national security that the HIG interrogation teams promised last August still haven't been formed, trained and deployed. In fact, these teams don't even exist yet.

That is how little this President cares about national security, killing terrorists and saving American lives. He doesn't give a damn and it's an impeachable offense. Should we -- God forbid -- get hit again with another 9/11-style attack, Obama and Holder should fry.


Anonymous k. lysha said...

I suppose I don't really see the point of the argument about whether terrorists should get read miranda rights. Does this only apply to foreign born terrorists or should American born terrists be denied miranda rights too? What about foreiners who commit non-terrorist crimes on American soil? should they not be read miranda rights either? I just don't see what difference that makes. Also I don't feel particularly threatened by this child in this picture. Yes he meant to do harm to Americans but for some reason I doubt he was a part of any larger operation. 50 minutes may have been long enough to figure out that this was a kid who didn't really know what he was doing.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

Hi Kendra,

Non-citizens should not be given rights granted to American citizens. Or put another way: Foreigners should have no rights under American law. Only American citizens have the right to remain silent, to have a court appointed attorney, etc.

Doubting Abdulmutallab was 'part of any larger operation,' since he's already admitted that he (and many others) were TRAINED by al Qaeda in Yemen.

Having the non-citizen Abdulmutallab in custody meant that counter-terrorism officials should have had unlimited time interrogating him, not just 50 minutes.

The decision by Obama and Holder to ascribe citizens rights to a non-citizen terrorist endangers your life and mine. It was exactly this type of law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism in the 1990's that led to 9/11.

Thanks for stopping by.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous k. lysha said...

But foreigners who commit crimes here do get read miranda rights. It's not like the police do a citizenship screening when they arrest someone. And they get tried in America under American laws. The same would happen to an American citizen arrested in another country. I also don't see much distinction between terrorism and other crimes. An American citizen blowing up an abortion clinic is also a terrorist. A person robbing a bank is a terrorist too if they use a weapon and try to scare people. Why is someone treated differently because they claim they were sent by some terror club (because it's not like Al Quaeda is a nation)? If an American committed an act intended to harm Americans they'd get read their rights even though their intent was the same. If America is the just nation that we claim to be why shouldn't we treat people regardless of where they came from or why they're here justly.

6:55 PM  

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