Anything You Behead Can & Will Be Used Against You

We're Miranda-izing detainees in Afghanistan now.

In what language, I wonder? And what sense do Miranda rights make on foreign soil anyway? How do American laws apply in Kabul?

Anyway, more to the point:
"When they mirandize a suspect, the first thing they do is warn them that they have the 'right to remain silent,'" says Representative Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "It would seem the last thing we want is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other al-Qaeda terrorist to remain silent. Our focus should be on preventing the next attack, not giving radical jihadists a new tactic to resist interrogation--lawyering up."

According to Mike Rogers, that is precisely what some human rights organizations are advising detainees to do. "The International Red Cross, when they go into these detention facilities, has now started telling people -- 'Take the option. You want a lawyer.'"

Rogers adds: "The problem is you take that guy at three in the morning off of a compound right outside of Kabul where he's building bomb materials to kill US soldiers, and read him his rights by four, and the Red Cross is saying take the lawyer -- you have now created quite a confusion amongst the FBI, the CIA and the United States military. And confusion is the last thing you want in a combat zone." One thing is clear, though. A detainee who is not talking cannot provide information about future attacks.

I heard Dennis Miller say of this policy, "We're no longer just Osama's weak horse, we're now a Shetland pony."