The Associated Press reported over the weekend that the FBI interviewed Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, for only "about 50 minutes" before "he went silent." AP says he "spoke openly about what he'd done and why, and provided valuable intelligence." But then the Obama Administration decided to treat Abdulmutallab’s failed attack as a matter for law enforcement – not an act of war – and he clammed up.
In a hard-hitting editorial, the Washington Post blasted the Administration for its "knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model" for taking on terrorism.
The Post says that not giving serious consideration to any option other than charging Abdulmutallab in federal court was "myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous." According to the Post, "Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, all said they were not asked to weigh in on how best to deal with Mr. Abdulmutallab." Read the whole editorial here.
On the Brian and the Judge radio show this morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner again criticized the president and his administration for giving terrorists the same rights as Americans and failing to outline a comprehensive strategy for taking on – and defeating – the terrorist threat. Boehner said:
"Listen, this administration has made every excuse in the world for allowing terrorists to get into America – this idea of closing Guantanamo, moving those terrorist to the United States, giving them the rights of American citizens – all of this in the absence of an overall plan to take on the terrorist threat and to keep America safe. And the American people are scared to death over this." [LISTEN]
Republicans are working to force a vote on the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, a straightforward bill that would prevent the Administration from importing terrorists into American communities. Learn more about it here.
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