“He was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer and shut up,” said Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission. “I find it incomprehensible that this administration is treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue. The president has finally said that we are at war with al-Qaeda. Well, if this is a war, then Abdulmutallab should be treated as a combatant, not a criminal.”
On this day in 2010, America learned that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Yemeni terrorist who had attempted to bring down an airliner in the skies above Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day 2009 by detonating an explosive device concealed next to his scrotum, had been interrogated for only fifty (50) minutes before being apprised of his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
Once Mirandized, the Testicular Bomb Express clammed up, saying nothing further about his time in Yemen, or the dozens of young Muslim men waiting in line to walk in his explosive footsteps.
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