It seems that our best sources here at GayPatriot are our readers. Spartann just e-mailed me a link which showed how in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, on January 22, 2002, Eric Holder had a different attitude on reading terror suspects their Miranda Rights. From an interview with Paula Zahn:
ZAHN: Final question for you, moving onto the issue of John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban. How much pressure should they put on this man to get information out of him as they interrogate him?
HOLDER: Well, I mean, it’s hard to interrogate him at this point now that he has a lawyer and now that he is here in the United States. But to the extent that we can get information from him, I think we should.
(Emphasis added.) Eight years later, Holder, now the Attorney General is singing a different tune; he admitted today “that he was the one who made the decision to treat Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a civilian criminal.”
“I made the decision to charge Mr. Abdulmutallab [Christmas Day bomber] with federal crimes, and to seek his detention in connection with those charges, with the knowledge of, and with no objection from, all other relevant departments of the government,” Holder says in a letter addressed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators who have sought testimony from Holder on the treatment of Abdulmutallab.
In an at-times testy letter, Holder endorses the treatment of terrorist attacks as a matter of criminal justice, and implies that Senate Republicans are using the Abdulmutallab case for political gain, saying that his Justice Department relied on procedures that were not criticized when employed by previous administrations
Wonder what caused his change of heart? Or did he really have a change of heart? It’s just that back in 2002, he may have playacting for the cameras at a time when then-President George W. Bush was riding high, with strong public support for his tough policies on terror.
Still, I think we should take the guy at his word and wonder why he was so quick to ensure that Abdulmutallab had his rights read to him when, in the wake of 9/11, he thought affording a lawyer to a terror suspect would diminish his ability to provide intelligence that could help protect Americans from further attacks.