I have a few questions for the White House, the Pentagon and for Congress. Firstly, are we or are we not at war? Secondly, why are we fighting blindfolded? We have a New Intelligence Plan under review by President Obama. Swell. From now on, prior to Mirandizing foreign Soldiers of Allah like the Christmas Day Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the FBI and the Department of Justice (read that: Attorney General Eric Holder) will actually consult with the intelligence community.
Americans are angry that Holder induced Abdulmutallab to clam up and lawyer up after only fifty minutes of interrogation – by Mirandizing him like an American citizen accused of a statutory crime. Far from that, he’s a Muslim jihadist from Nigeria and what he did was a deliberate Act of War against The United States of America. Obama’s new intel plan came to light this morning in Walter Pincus’ report in The Washington Post. Read the entire story here:
“The Justice Department and the FBI will consult with the intelligence community on information about terrorism suspects arrested in the United States before deciding whether to read them their Miranda rights under a plan now under review in the White House, according to senior administration officials.
The proposal follows a controversy over the handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused in the attempted Christmas Day bombing and who was read his constitutional rights 10 hours after his arrest…”
Controversy? Please. That is all rather disingenuous of The Post. Abdulmutallab actually talked for fifty minutes, went under an hours-long sedation for medical treatment of his burns, and spoke no more following his post-treatment Mirandization.
“…We are analyzing lessons learned [in the Detroit Christmas Day case] with the goal of ensuring full information from across the government is available to law enforcement personnel on the ground as they conduct interrogations and make decisions on how to handle terrorist suspects,” a senior official said Friday. He requested anonymity because the new procedures, which arise from a review ordered by President Obama, have not yet been approved.
“The final decision about Miranda and other law enforcement decisions will continue to lie with the FBI and Department of Justice,” the official added…”
Ah, so! Well, I have a few more questions that have never been answered since the 9/11 attacks. If we are not at war, why do widely recognized leaders of the World of Islam keep talking about waging Holy War (jihad) against the Great Satan America and conquering the West? If we are at War, against what enemy are we engaged? This has never been clearly defined by anyone – not by the Commander In Chief or Congress or anyone in the Pentagon. What makes, to use Obama’s term, so-called “isolated extremists” extreme? Do all the post-9/11 fourteen thousand-plus world-wide acts of violence against non-Muslims really have nothing in common?
Nearly nine years after 9/11, much of the American public remains confused as to whatever you call this undefined situation is really about. It’s high time for some definition of terms from someone in the Halls of Power. Otherwise we’ll continue fighting blindfolded. And blindfolded by ignorance of Muslim doctrine, I would say the odds are long against us.