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“On a re­cent tr ip to Afghanistan, I learned that the Obama Jus­tice Depart­ment is read­ing Mi­randa rights to for­eign ter­ror­ist sus­pects — ef­fec­tively ex­tend­ing con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions re­served for US cit­i­zens to ter­ror­ists picked up on the bat­tle­field,” Rep. Mike Rogers, Michi­gan Repub­li­can, writes in the New York Post.

“The In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross is fol­low­ing up by ex­plain­ing to the sus­pects their new ‘rights’ — so that ter­ror sus­pects are now ask­ing for lawyers and re­fus­ing to talk. This cre­ates a ma­jor prob­lem for U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers — a ma­jor bar­rier to ques­tion­ing that in the past has helped pro­tect Amer­i­cans and U.S. in­ter­ests. ...

“What’s wrong with ap­ply­ing the in­ves­tiga­tive tech­niques, ev­i­den­tiary stan­dards and pro­tec­tions for the ac­cused of a U.S. crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion to for­eign ter­ror sus­pects cap­tured out­side of the United States? Sim­ple: It will al­low many sus­pects to game the U.S. le­gal sys­tem — and free some ter­ror­ists to fight again,” said Mr. Rogers, the top Repub­li­can on the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee’s ter­ror­ism sub­com­mit­tee and a for­mer FBI agent.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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