It’s come to this: Plea bargaining with terrorists – Update: SOS weighs in.

John Brennan on Meet the Press this morning is asked by David Gregory why Abdul Muttalab is not being treated as an enemy combatant and couldn’t we extract more information from him if he were. Brennan invokes Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, and Jose Pedilla, as examples of successful prosecutions of terrorists … and besides, says Brennan, why interrogate when we can plea bargain.


The dangers of substituting plea bargaining for interrogation are numerous. not the least of which is immediacy. Instead of extracting information as quickly as possible, DOJ is forced to obtain information in a back and forth negotiation. On this I defer to former Justice attorney, the SOS who will have an update shortly.

UPDATE: Catch the SOS’s take on this over here. She’s the former Assistant US Attorney.

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  1. Dimsdale on January 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Brennan was really working the Sunday morning shows.  He was on Fox as well, and said little of use.


    Isn't is interesting that Napolitano isn't doing face time on these shows?  Maybe they are afraid she will stuff her big foot in her  mouth again…

  2. donh on January 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    What is the Guinness  record for  feet stuck in mouth?  John Brennan  played  Janet Incompetano's wing man  claiming   " The system worked every other day in 2009 "…..Tell that to the victims of Fort Hood. …. .….
    That's one foot…attacking Dick Cheney's credibility on national security….two feet…and  plea bargaining with the Santa bomber… three feet…. So if a terrorist plays nice and answers a few questions,  his charges are  plea bargained down to a minor felony ? Cooperative terrorists will  walk free in a few years and get a second crack  at mass murder?

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