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Robert Gates Dodges Questions Regarding The Prosecution Of Terrorists

February 5, 2010 by  

Robert Gates dodges questions regarding the prosecution of terroristsAt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declined to say whether he agrees with Attorney General Eric Holder’s prosecution strategy of trying self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York City.

When pressed by Senator John McCain (R-AZ.) for a "candid answer," Gates replied that Holder was better suited to make the decision and again reserved comment, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Later in the meeting, McCain continued to push for the defense secretary’s point of view, asking him whether he agreed with the Obama administration’s decision to question attempted Christmas Day airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab using civilian interrogators for only 50 minutes before reading him his Miranda rights.

Gates responded, "I think we did not have the high-level interrogators there that we now have protocols in place" to guarantee their presence, quoted by the news source. However he added: "I believe that a team of highly experienced FBI and other interrogators could be as effective in interrogating the prisoner as anyone operating under the (Army) field manual."

The defense secretary did admit that it is within the legal rights of an interrogator to delay "mirandizing" a suspect, if the person "is deemed to be a threat to national security."
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  • Robert

    Obama and the democrats need to rename this cabinet role to the Secretary of No Defense. Or the Secretary of Surrender. Or just the Secretary of Let’s Just Wing It on Defense. Too bad we don’t have George Patton around anymore. Would be interesting to hear his take on this. Me personally, this administration is handing out Free Passes to America tickets to terrorists all over the world and those who are probably in this country already on one of those new 650,000 B1H1 visa’s congress just approved.

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      I don’t know if you remember but two of the pilots that flew into the twin towers had their flight training in Venice, Fl. Way after 9/11, the school received their paperwork from Customs and the State Department, that their visas were approved. Back then this particular school had a number of foreign students. They had certain paperwork that they had to file with the State Department which they did for all foreign students. What a crock. I wish we did have people like Patton, Ronald Reagan because we sure could use their assistance now but unfortuantely all we have are Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank etc.

  • Rod

    We have to get out there and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Scott Brown proved it
    can be done. The American people are comming to get you criminals in
    Washington! We are going to put people into office that will represent
    us and NOT o-BUM-a!

    • Joe H.

      Rod,
      I suggest as an addendum that you add CONSERVATIVE to that description!!!

    • eyeswideopen

      Scott Brown is a fraud. He believes in abortion. You people are so funny….

      • JeffH

        …and you are not! You’re emphatuation with Scott Brown is what is funny. “The darling of the Republican Party”. Only in your twisted sister mind.

      • JeffH

        Once again you don’t speak the truth. You lie once more.
        If you want the real answers, ust click on the link:
        http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Scott_Brown_Abortion.htm

        • eyeswideopen

          Jeff, did you not go to the bottom of the article, by the way, this is the link that I posted. It says he believes that abortions should always be legally available.

      • Michael J.

        EWO, EWO, Scott Brown tolerates legal abortion, and that’s it.
        And regardless of Sen. Brown’s belief’s or goals, he has already erected a temporary roadblock or at least a speed bump to Obamacare.
        And for the moment, that’s enough. Tomorrow’s another day.

        Here’s an idea for your next rant.
        I guess you think that any chink in the armor is fair game, like acusing the newly elected Senator of picking the peoples seat as justification to advocate proctology therapy for the masses of chusetts?

        I know, I know, makes as much sense as a two eyed Cyclops, but it’s you baby.

        • eyeswideopen

          Michael, you people rant and rave, demanding that Conservatives be put in office, then someone comes along, who opposes one of the main issues with your party… abortion, and once again, the standards are lowered, just to get someone in to cause the Dem’s grief. Funny.

          • Miles C

            He was not the perfect candidate, bur he was much better than the other choice. sometimes you have to take the lesser of two evils. At least, Brown had the guts to say that he would stand against certain issues. This is much more than most of the ones in Congress will do. They wait and see which way King Obummer wants them to vote.

        • JeffH

          Michael J., EWO has a new fixation, Scott Brown.

  • JeffH

    It is great that Americans can see these fools in action. It is great that Gates is so transparent. I couldn’t even see a spine in that spinless coward. I enjoyed watching the old Rino needle Gtes though.

  • John H

    We hear lots of that “I defer that answer to someone else, it’s not my job today” . When will these fools get it? America is in deep danger and doodoo and they are daily demonstrate they are just another part of this Amatuer Administration.
    Hillary was correct when she said this is not a place for “on the job training”.
    There is no one in this administration who has ever run anything, not even a lemonade stand, they no naught of payroll, profit, net or any part of a business entity.

  • Michael J.

    Well let’s see now, John Mc Cain and Robert Gates, both CFR members. After the hearing,they probably went out and had a beer together.

  • TIME

    More like they gave each other the high sign prior to this event, they both knew what they were going to ask and answer.

    Come on folks, what you see, is no differant than a movie prop / set.

    What you hear is 100% Rhetoric for effect, what you read in the standard press has less value than kitty litter.

  • eyeswideopen

    Michael, while he was serving under Bush, you Republicans thought he could do no wrong…the man didn’t change, all that changed was you!!

  • s c

    These days, CFR membership is probably only the tip of the perverted iceberg. It seems political types have to sell their posteriors to at least half a dozen shadowy groups to get anywhere in Washington politics.
    I don’t know what Gates’ main problem is, but he does seem to fit in well with the Obummer crowd. Maybe this is what happens when someone in an administration can’t decide which temporary poll icon must be followed. On his own, Gates could be said to have pulled a Specter, he has all the morals of Holder, he’s trying to act like wishy-washy McCain, or Obummer has “won” him over.
    Whatever the answer is, Gates is obviously Washington material, but that does nothing to make America better or safer. In short, Gates is just another self-made, indecisive, ‘test the latest wind and hope for the best’ loser (part of the best government MONEY can buy).

  • HHH

    JohnH, it appears you don’t have any business accumen, as well. And Sally, TIME, and Robert wouldn’t know “reality” if it hit them between the eyes! Preview of other blogs indicates a desire for the facts, and yet all this rhetoric continues to indicate a desire to live in a fantasy land!! But continue to show the ignorance!!!! STUPID IS A CONDITION, IGNORANCE IS A CHOICE………..

  • James

    John H., It’s a national pastime, we complain about everything but expect someone else to do something about it.
    For example, Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution lists the types of cases, to which federal court jurisdiction extends. And two of those were removed by the 11th Amendment, in 1795. It says federal courts do not have authority to hear a case, where a party is not a citizen of the United States. None of the detaainees at Quantanamo are American citizens, thus none of them may be tried in a federal civilian court. How many Americans know that?

  • blackhat

    Look…I’m only going to say this once. I worked for the SecDef, he is an honorable man that has been thrown (by those of you who voted for BO) to the wolves. He is not liked by BO and his staff and is considered a Bush “holdover”. He has/is holding onto his job because he knows that if replaced by BO it could be worse. There are just some decisions that he has tried to influence, but the “whit-less” house is still anti-military. Read through the lines on this one. Gates is really pro military and a patriot.

  • blackhat

    btw – anyone want to take a guess as to why he would prefer the FBI to interrogate prisoners? Hmmm…maybe because the current prez and his staff are going after military interrogators! So, sorry FBI, but you guys can stand trial for doing your job. Ever ask yourself why some Navy Seals are standing trial for subduing a terrorist on the battlefield? And, in case you joined the party late, there are interrogators from NYPD, FBI, DIA, CIA, et al that have been conducting interrogations overseas for a long time. Sheeesh.

  • Raggs

    Insanity.. Hillary has something to do with this!
    We have a bag full of nut’s in the white house.

  • ONTIME

    It’s seems almost predictable as to how Gates is going to respond when questioned about how he thinks about the administrations security policy and well he should. The Un-Credentialed is working his way toward some real problems, he is inexperienced, arrogant and inept when it comes to taking good advise, his ideaology is a problem for him because it cites that power regardless of practicality is more desireable than results, a false premise and one that will make him rue the day he sought this office.

    All know that understand the law in this matter and it is obvious that this man Holder and his boss Obama has already compromised the intended trial if it is to be held in a civil court under the guise that these thugs have Constitutional rights. Gates knows this and will wait for the time to arrive when his testimony will be of real value.

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    You are correct HHH- I see you have chosen Ignorant

  • Michael J.

    HHH,
    No debate, just character assasination and unfounded acusations spewed forth with an odor of oral excrement and the couth of a drive by shooter. Congratulations, and welcome comrade.

  • Joe H.

    HHH,
    I see you have a condition and have made a choice!!!! It’s very easy to come here and make accusations and not provide any facts with them as you have done. Try opening that empty chasm of a skull and fill it with some facts to back up your claims!!!

  • Warrior

    You better start talking! NO. Ok then, how about we give you amnesty, put you in witness protection, never have to work a day in your miserable life. OK, what do you want to know?

  • Warrior

    Sorry, that was a reenactment after Abdullah lawyered up.

  • Rod

    Well, looks like John McCain has decided to act tough to get ready
    for another election try. He never acted this way the first time.
    I couldn’t help thinking, (he never really wanted the job). I
    think he knew Gates was not going to answer his questions. So, MY
    question is: Why the grand stand play?

  • Joe H.

    Hey Viet Vet,
    From one to another, Welcome Home, Brother!!

  • Michael J.

    Rod,
    It’s all part of the show. They expect us to get some popcorn, sit down and shut up.

  • Joe H.

    Rod,
    McCain only acts tough since he got into politics!! He WAS tough as a POW. He forgot to act tough with O-man because HE wanted O-man to win too!!!!

  • eyeswideopen

    McCain screwed up, years before he stated he would change his beliefs if the Commanding Officers agreed that they wanted to repeal DADT. He stated that they knew best. Well, guess what? They changed their minds. lol

  • James

    Blackhat, I also believe that Gates is a patriot, but I disagree with out military presence in the Middle East. In the beginning (the invasion of Iraq) we were looking for more of the 9/11-type culprits, but let’s remember, the 19 hijackers (15 of which were Saudis) were in the U.S. legally. Neither Afghanistan, Iraq nor Iran has WMDs that could harm the U.S. It is quite possible, even logical, that more 9/11 type terrorists are within the U.S. now and are just waiting for the command to act. Our national borders are wide open, there’s an estimated 15-20 million illegal aliens in our country now. The indifference to this, shown by Gates, bothers me.

  • JeffH

    You are probably correct. But isn’t it about time for Gates to “S**t or get off the pot”. He’s no better than anybody else in DC and surley doesn’t deserve to occupy any space in our government.

  • JeffH

    …is that all you can ever bring to the table? Bush, Bush, Bush.
    You should really consider suicide for ever voting for Bush and for ever being a Republican. It is then your fault for all of this garbage that crosses these blogs. Your fault!

  • Michael J.

    EWO,
    Au Contraire, I have never been a fan of Robert Gates.

  • eyeswideopen

    Jeff, you are right, it is my fault, I voted in people who didn’t uphold the “Republican values” of fiscal responsibilty, and who passed the Patriot Act, they did many things that hurt this country and I accept my share of the blame. And no, they haven’t changed in one year. Most of the Senators are the same and they are the worst violators of the ethics they were supposed to uphold.

  • JeffH

    You are worse than “Pete the repeater”. yada yada yada yada

  • http://jomalleytax@ncweb.com Vietnam Veteran

    The only Prosecution these POW’s should have is 230grain hollow point
    covered in pig’s blood

  • Miles C

    Hey VV, Let it be done on the White House Lawn by female soldiers.

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