Blair Won’t Say Whether Abdulmutallab Should Be Tried in Civilian Court
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who thinks trying Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in civilian court is a “terrible, terrible mistake,” takes Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair’s earlier statements about the role of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Unit a step further. Does the director of national intelligence believe the culprit behind the near-attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 “tried in civilian court or military tribunal?
“I’m not ready to offer an opinion on that in open session,” Blair replied. “In open session”? Get read for the meme to spread…
Directing the question to Michael Leiter, McCain gets this response from the director of the National Counterterrorism Center: “I honestly don’t have an opinion.”
Blair adds that the “FBI agent-in-charge on the scene” in consultation with the Department of Justice made the decision to Mirandize Abdulmutallab.