Hang this one on Obama

Courtroom drawing / January 8, 2010

In this courtroom drawing, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, right, stands before Magistrate Judge Mark A. Randon in federal court in Detroit, Michigan. The Nigerian man pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to blow up a packed U.S. Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. 

Lapses hurt intelligence effort after failed jet attack

The Nigerian suspect saw a lawyer too soon, a U.S. official says, and an interrogation opportunity was lost.

Reporting from Washington - In a tacit admission that the U.S.
squandered a chance to gain valuable information after the failed
Christmas Day airliner bombing, the nation's intelligence director
testified Wednesday that authorities had been too quick to read the
suspect his Miranda rights and grant him access to an attorney.

C. Blair said that a newly created team of elite interrogators should
have been called in to question Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and that top
officials in Washington should have been consulted. The director of
national intelligence also acknowledged that there had been a number of
blunders in the handling of intelligence data that kept authorities
from preventing the incident.

How many American lives has the Obama administration jeopardized with this insane policy of treating enemy combatants as law-breakers and not the terrorists that they are? A show trial in New York City, the closing of Gitmo and now the loss of intelligence because of this screw-up. 

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