Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lindsey Graham Stumps Eric Holder

Via Newsbusters, we have Senator Lindsey Graham stumping Eric Holder about the consequences of President Obama's policies:

GRAHAM: If bin Laden were caught tomorrow, would it be the position of this administration that he would be brought to justice?

HOLDER: He would certainly be brought to justice, absolutely.

GRAHAM: Where would you try him?

HOLDER: Well, we'd go through our protocol. And we'd make the determination about where he should appropriately be tried. [...]

GRAHAM: If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?

HOLDER: Again I'm not -- that all depends. I mean, the notion that we --

GRAHAM: Well, it does not depend. If you're going to prosecute anybody in civilian court, our law is clear that the moment custodial interrogation occurs the defendant, the criminal defendant, is entitled to a lawyer and to be informed of their right to remain silent.

The big problem I have is that you're criminalizing the war, that if we caught bin Laden tomorrow, we'd have mixed theories and we couldn't turn him over -- to the CIA, the FBI or military intelligence -- for an interrogation on the battlefield, because now we're saying that he is subject to criminal court in the United States. And you're confusing the people fighting this war.

I remember hearing the Left scream and holler about how we needed to bring terrorists into federal court because it wasn't "fair" otherwise. You know, they're entitled to all the rights of U.S. citizens. Or something.

Now that the hapless Obama administration is making good on these idiotic policies, we're beginning to see where those policies lead.