It appears as though the Obama administration is back to treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter instead of taking it seriously:
A senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is accusing the Obama administration of quietly ordering the FBI to start reading Miranda rights to suspected terrorists at U.S. military detention facilities in Afghanistan.
The move is reportedly creating chaos in the field among the CIA, FBI and military personnel, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. The soldiers, especially, he says, are frustrated that giving high value detainees Miranda rights, the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, is impeding their ability to pursue intelligence on the battlefield, according to a story first reported by the Weekly Standard.
“What I found was lots of confusion and very frustrated people on the front lines who are trying to, well, make Afghanistan successful for the United States and its allies,” said Rogers, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
Rogers, a former FBI special agent who served in the U.S. Army, just returned from Afghanistan and a visit to Bagram Air Base, where he said the rights are being read.
“I witnessed it myself, talked to the people on the ground,” he said. “What you have is two very separate missions colliding in the field in a combat zone. Again, anytime that you offer confusion in that environment that’s already chaotic and confusing enough, you jeopardize a soldier’s life.”
The thought that terrorists captured in Afghanistan are being read their Miranda rights is assinine because it gives terrorists the option of not telling us what they know about local terrorist organizations.
I never thought I’d live long enough to say this but here goes: President Obama’s national security policies almost make Jimmy Carter look competent and strong. I’ve asked this before and I’ll repeat it again and again: There’s little in terms of actions that President Obama deserves praise for. His apologies while abroad haven’t strengthened relations, either.
People say that President Obama is pursuing a foreign policy of weakness. While I don’t disagree with that opinion, I think that’s understating things. President Obama’s policies are creating a permissive attitude in which terror-supporting nations like Iran and North Korea and that terrorist organizations like Hamas are exploiting.
That’s because he hasn’t employed the Reagan Principle. In negotiations that essentially brought the USSR to its knees, President Reagan didn’t start negotiating until he’d scared them with a display of power and steadfastness. Once the other side understood that President Reagan was a man of his word and that his word packed a wallop, the negotiating table slanted significantly in the United State’s direction.
That’s a principle that Bill Clinton never learned and that President Obama likely doesn’t want to learn. God help us all for the next 36 months.
Cross-posted at California Conservative