Monday, June 15, 2009

More lies from fantasy-dwelling Republicans

Mike Rogers and Pete Hoekstra, two moronic Republicans from Michigan on the House Intelligence Committee (an ironic name, perhaps, with these two clowns being a part of it?), wrote in the Wednesday edition of the Weekly Standard where they claimed that the Obama administration had secretly ordered the military to read Miranda rights to detainees when capturing them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leave it to Republicans to come up with such nonsensical bullshit.

For, the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here's the problem. You have foreign fighters who are targeting US troops today - foreign fighters who go to another country to kill Americans. We capture them...and they're reading them their rights - Mirandizing these foreign fighters.

He also claims the Obama administration has never briefed Congress on this "new policy", effectively keeping everyone else in the dark.

Then, referring to a citing by Weekly Standard from a past article from the LA Times which mentioned that the FBI were becoming more active in counter-terrorism efforts abroad, Hoekstra was cited:

When they mirandize a suspect, the first thing they do is warn them that they have the 'right to remain silent'. It would seem the last thing we want is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other al-Qaeda terrorist to remain silent. Our focus should be on preventing the next attack, not giving radical jihadists a new tactic to resist interrogation--lawyering up.

But who was to debunk them, other than General Petraeus himself, speaking at the Center for a New American Security, who basically brushed the article off as pure nonsense:

A Fox News reporter asks about a Weekly Standard report that detainees were getting read Miranda rights. Petraeus says he has "No concerns at all. This is the FBI doing what the FBI does. ... The real rumor yesterday is whether our forces were reading Miranda rights to detainees and the answer to that is no."

Whoops ... Busted, Rogers and Hoekstra. I guess you can't just make stupid claims publicly and not have someone call out your idiocy and bullshit. Though luck.


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