In a letter to congressional leaders sent Monday night, White House adviser John Brennan, the assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism, argued that President Obama had made “significant improvements to the detainee review process” under President Bush and pointed out that all the former detainees released or transferred who have returned to terrorist activities were released or transferred under President Bush.
Oh, and the whines of consternation about the Nigerian underwear bomber getting read his Miranda Rights?
Republicans may have a hard time keeping up their talking point about how reading Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber represented a dangerous new direction under President Barack Obama.
It turns out that that back in December 2001, Richard Reid — the “shoe bomber” — was read or reminded of his Miranda rights four times in two days, beginning five minutes after being taken into custody.
Meanwhile, despite the desires of Cohen, and every right-wing sadists, er, every Republican from Bill Kristol to Susan Collins, it appears that torturing a guy just isn’t as affective as those boring old traditional non-abusive interrogation techniques:
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening.
And that was after he was given his Miranda rights and everything.
The real tragedy in all this, of course, is that not torturing people deprives Dick Cheney of a rare boner.