This is to expand upon the information I added to the “related” portion of my last post. There is a mini scandal brewing regarding now how the pantybomber case was handled, (which was a major scandal, IMO). Now, the Obama administration is attempting to excuse its actions by dragging Republican Congressmen into the equation, claiming that they knew that Abdulmutallab was being mirandized, and acquiesced at the time. Counter terrorism chief Brennen made the statements on Meet The Press, and all of the Republicans involved, (Reps. Boehner and Hoekstra, and Sens. Kit Bond and Mitch McConnell) are denying it.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner, this morning, reports:
A spokesman for McConnell says, “During a brief call from the White House, Sen. McConnell was given a heads up that Abdulmutallab was in custody, but little else. He wasn’t told of the decision to Mirandize Abdulmutallab.”
A spokesman for Boehner says, “On an unclassified/non-secure call to Boehner’s cell phone that was very short, John Brennan informed Boehner that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was in custody. The call imparted no other substantive information and Brennan did not inform Boehner that the administration had read Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights.” And Bond released a statement saying that Brennan “never told me any of plans to Mirandize the Christmas Day bomber — if he had I would told him the administration was making a mistake.”
In a conversation Sunday afternoon, Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, angrily denied Brennan’s statement. The possibility of Mirandizing Abdulmutallab “never came up” in a call that Hoekstra describes as a “quick update.” Hoekstra recalls Brennan calling between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Christmas, which would have been before Abdulmutallab was informed of his rights. “I think I talked to Brennan before they did it,” Hoekstra says. “He could have told me that, and asked me what I felt about it — but he didn’t.”
Hoekstra says if Brennan had brought up the subject of Miranda rights, then he, Hoekstra, would have discussed the issue with legal counsel from the Intelligence Committee. “If Brennan had called and said, ‘Congressman, we’re contemplating a legal strategy here,'” Hoekstra says, “the first thing I would have done is call up…my legal counsel and some other people and said, ‘Hey, is this a sound strategy or not?’ It never came up.”
All the lawmakers describe Brennan’s call as being very short; one recalls it as less than a minute. And all describe it as a heads-up, and not a briefing or an exchange of views. Brennan, however, told another story.
You can read Brennen’s statement at The Examiner. What he seemed to be saying is that the Republicans should have known that Abdulmutallab had been given the Miranda warning, since they had been told that he was in FBI custody, and they didn’t object.
In those short conversations, were they were expected to surmise that we would give an enemy combatant the protections of our Constitution before we had adequately interrogated him?
The Obama administration appears to be in CYA mode.
Marc Thiessen weighs in at The Corner:
As I point out in Courting Disaster, just a few months earlier, the Obama administration announced that its new FBI-led “High-Value Interrogation Group” (HIG) would not necessarily Mirandize suspects it was questioning.
In its story on the announcement, the Washington Post reported:
Interrogators will not necessarily read detainees their rights before questioning, instead making that decision on a case-by-case basis, officials said. . . . “It’s not going to, certainly, be automatic in any regard that they are going to be Mirandized,” one official said, referring to the practice of reading defendants their rights. “Nor will it be automatic that they are not Mirandized.”
In other words, Republicans were assured by the Obama administration that the decision on reading Miranda rights to captured terrorists would be made a on “case-by-case” basis.
So if Brennan is wondering why the Republicans he spoke with did not just assume Abdumutallab would be automatically Mirandized, it is because the Obama administration told them so.
Another day, another Obama administation lie.
That Marc Thiessen has really been on a rampage, lately, hasn’t he? He’s got a book to sell, ya know, #6 on the New York Times best seller list, by the way.
He discussed this issue with Tucker Carlson and Juan Williams on Hannity a few days ago:
Dude’s become a liability.
Hoekstra told National Review Online that Brennen has “completely blown his credibility”:
“He never brought this stuff up,” Hoekstra says, adding that the FBI was the natural choice to hold Abdulmutallab until a detainment and interrogation strategy could be settled. “No, I wouldn’t expect the military to be at Detroit Airport waiting to arrest somebody,” Hoekstra adds, but he thought the administration would carefully investigate alternatives and consult with national security principals before moving forward with Miranda rights and other criminal procedures.
The guy has completely blown his credibility with Congress,” Hoekstra says of Brennan, who “for all intents and purposes is calling us liars.”“With the advice that he’s given this administration, he has dug this administration into a hole on terrorism. I can understand why he’s fighting back, because they’ve made a series of missteps,” he continued, mentioning unpopular plans to close Guantanamo Bay prison and try 9/11 conspirators in downtown New York, as well as gaffes made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in hours after the Christmas Day attacks.
“They’re in trouble, and they know it. So they use the most effective strategy we know of: ‘let’s blame Republicans and call them partisan.’”
Hat tip Hot Air Headlines