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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sen Lindsey Graham asks Eric Holder if Osama bin Laden will be read "Miranda Rights" if Captured - Video 11/18/09

Here is outstanding video of Sen. Lindsey Graham today on Capitol Hill questioning Attorney General Eric Holder about why he has chosen to try the 9/11 Conspirators in civilian court.

Graham put Holder on the spot (it gets good at the 2:00 mark of the video) by asking him where he would try Osama bin Laden if he were to be captured. Holder was left hemming and hawing, saying only "it would depend." Graham kept at Holder, asking whether bin Laden would be read "Miranda rights" if captured, to which Holder said he was not sure. Graham then said this is the problem with what you are doing - "You are criminalizing the war." He told Holder that if he is going to try enemy combatants as criminals in civilian court, then he has to give people like Osama bin Laden a lawyer and Miranda rights upon capture.

Graham said "we are making bad history" with this decision, and it will "confuse" our military personnel fighting the war as to how they can handle enemey combatants captured on the battlefield. Can they be questioned, and how is that to be done if they may wind up in a civilian court?


Blind Eye Jones,  November 18, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

If you're caught on the battlefield why bother reading rights, etc., when enemy combatants could use federal rights to compromise US security. The nature of this war has changed so significantly that it has become political minefield at home between the Democrats and Republicans. This is a luxury because REAL war demands unity and not some push to make one party seem more conscientious, more concerned with social justice. A dangerous precedent is being set in an attempt to go back to a pre9/11 mindset, a prewar on terror, easygoing Clinton mindset. The Taliban are gearing up for a push and this is not the time to become political and quibble about combatant's rights.

The Conservative Mom November 18, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

I have not been real pleased with Senator Graham's decisions and comments recently. But here, at a time that it is truly significant to take a stance, Graham actually grows a pair and is as Senatorial in his demeanor as one could ever hope for. Senator Graham's question of Holder, "Can you give me a case in United States' history where an enemy combatant caught on a battlefield was tried in civilian court?" is exceptionally appropriate. The silence between it and Holder's answer is priceless. Thank you, Senator Graham.

Brian November 18, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

You are right. Lindsey Graham did an outstanding job with Holder today.

Anonymous,  November 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

where is this senator graham hiding? these are the types of questions he should be asking on Cap and Trade, Health Care Reform, Immigration Reform, etc. etc., Sen. Graham, we would love to see more of this and less of the other

Anonymous,  November 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

It is ironic that Sen. Graham is suddenly concerned about situations involving terrorism- he is gung-ho for keeping our borders wide open for them to come in and establish their lives here. He grabs every opportunity he can to get air time- I doubt he truly cares at all about where these people are tried.

Anonymous,  November 21, 2009 at 4:33 AM  

Enemy combatants are not U.S. citizens and are not entitled to our constitutional rights! Obama and Holder are in error when he says we should Mirandize the enemy when caught on the battle field. It is total lunacy to treat enemy combatants as criminals in our civilian courts. They should be left up to and delt with by the military..Period!!

Larry S November 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

If it's soooooo necessary to try these guys in a miitary tribinal, why didn't Bush and Cheney do just taht? They had this guy in custody for SIX YEARS and did nothing with him... except waterboard his sorry self 183 times.

Just like healthcare reform: Bush and Cheney and the Republicans had YEARS to do something, anything... and they refused. Now that we're on the verge of achieving some meaningful reform, rightwingers whine that we're "rushing" into this. Yeah, getting SOMETHING accomplished after years & decades of Republicans sitting around doing NOTHING (esxcept cutting taxes on the rich) is "rushing".

The only thing to fear with trying KSM in civilian court is that the truth about Cheney may come out.

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