Restoring the Sacred

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Intelligence vs Miranda For Terrorists

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey (who was the Judge in the trial of the Blind Sheik for the 1993 bombing of The World Trade Center) wrote a column yesterday in the Wall Street Journal entitled: How a Bagram Detainee Foiled the Euro Terror Plot.

In it he continues his crusade against the handling of captured terrorists (especially those caught here in the U.S.) as criminals rather than enemy combatants and intelligence assets.

Detaining terrorist conspirators for intelligence-gathering purposes—wholly apart from whatever they may be charged with planning or doing—does not appear to be an option for this administration, certainly not if they are apprehended in this country while seeking to detonate a bomb in an airplane over Detroit or in an SUV near Times Square. Those who joined the orgy of self-congratulation after this week's sentencing of Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad might, when they sober up, consider what we did not find out about who sent him and who else may be on the way— because Shahzad was valued more as a defendant than as an intelligence source.