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From the LA Times, May 28:


“Reporting from Washington -- The FBI and Justice Department plan to significantly expand their role in global counter-terrorism operations, part of a U.S. policy shift that will replace a CIA-dominated system of clandestine detentions and interrogations with one built around transparent investigations and prosecutions.


"Regardless of where any bad guy is caught, we want the bureau to be in a position to put charges on them," the official said, adding that the Bush administration's emphasis on CIA and military operations often marginalized the FBI -- especially when it came to interrogating suspects.

“Like others interviewed for this article, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity because no one has been authorized to discuss the initiative publicly."We have no comment on it at this time," FBI Assistant Director John J. Miller, the bureau's chief spokesman, said when asked about the initiative”




A leading republican on the House Intelligence subcommittee, Mike Rogers, has reported that FBI agents may now be required by the Administration to Mirandize Afghanistan terror (i.e., ‘high value”) detainees. [Weekly Standard – LINK: http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/06/miranda_rights_for_terrorists.asp ]


I can just imagine the Dick Cheney version of Miranda:


“You have the right to remain silent, [even during enhanced interrogation]. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law [provided you live to see a court of law, and provided you are lucky enough to be prosecuted in the USA.]


“You [will] have the right to speak to an attorney [in the USA.  No, O. J. Simpson’s legal team is NOT available] and to have an attorney present during any questioning.


“If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.  [We are sorry but there are no funds for a publicist at this time, but at no cost to you, we are providing the latest copy of the Al Qaeda interrogation manual for terrorists in the field.]”




I devoutly hope that the ‘Miranda-your-high-value-terrorist’ reports are somebody’s idea of a joke.


Returning to the ‘LA Law’ method of dealing with terrorists and enemy combatants in the field is suicidal naiveté.


Tell me it ain’t true.