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.