Khalid Sheik MohammedYesterday, Curt posted the extraordinary news that the Obama Administration will now treat terrorists captured on the battlefield the same way we treat criminals apprehened in this country.
An excerpt from the Weekly Standard report:
When 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was captured on March 1, 2003, he was not cooperative. “I’ll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer,” he said, according to former CIA Director George Tenet.Remember that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was one of ONLY THREE terrorists to be waterboarded and revealed information that helped us foil additional terrorist plots and save American lives. Note: The Obama Administration continues to refuse to release the documents which show just what we learned from KSM.
Of course, KSM did not get a lawyer until months later, after his interrogation was completed, and Tenet says that the information the CIA obtained from him disrupted plots and saved lives. “I believe none of these successes would have happened if we had had to treat KSM like a white-collar criminal – read him his Miranda rights and get him a lawyer who surely would have insisted that his client simply shut up,” Tenet wrote in his memoirs.
If Tenet is right, it’s a good thing KSM was captured before Barack Obama became president. For, 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.
“When they mirandize a suspect, the first thing they do is warn them that they have the 'right to remain silent,’” says Representative Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “It would seem the last thing we want is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other al-Qaeda terrorist to remain silent. Our focus should be on preventing the next attack, not giving radical jihadists a new tactic to resist interrogation--lawyering up.”
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.”
This is the same KSM who masterminded the September 11th attacks on innocent U.S. citizens and the same man pictured threatening American journalist Daniel Pearl moments before he sawed off his head (video here).
KSM threatening Daniel Pearl moments before beheading him.The Obama Administration's return to a September 10th mindset DOES place all Americans at greater risk from terrorist attack!