Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Brennan tries to flip the script. Blames critics

In an op-ed in USA Today, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan charges that critics who question the Obama administration's decision to grant Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are "serv[ing] the goals of al Qaeda."

He says that "The most important breakthrough occurred after Abdulmutallab was read his rights. Immediately after the failed Christmas Day attack, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was thoroughly interrogated and provided important information. Senior counterterrorism officials from the White House, the intelligence community and the military were all actively discussing this case before he was Mirandized and supported the decision to charge him in criminal court." Well if he was talking, why stop?

He doesn't say that the "most important" stuff came weeks after the arrest. He doesn't say that the time delay gave all the terrorists time to hide. Gave them time to cover their tracks.