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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the Undiebomber – was “singing like a canary” when picked at Detroit on Christmas Day. He stopped spilling the beans when he was arrested and informed of his right to remain silent – bad move.

The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.

“But Pete”, I hear you say, “how can you say that a defendant doesn’t have the right to remain silent?” Let me be clear; in America, an American (rightly) has the right to remain silent when arrested for a criminal offence. The states and federal government exist to serve the American people, not foreign muslims who entered the country only to commit mass murder. The State has no moral obligation to serve the interests of foreign terrorists. When it does so it is no less a danger to the American people than are jihadis.

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  1. " in America, an American (rightly) has the right to remain silent when arrested for a criminal offence. The states and federal government exist to serve the American people, not foreign"

    So the USA can do whatever it wishes to foreigners, free of legal restraint? That’ll do wonders for tourism.

    " The State has no moral obligation"

    Of course not. Morality is for churches and individuals.

    States have legal obligations. The 5th Amendment of the US constitution clearly refers to people and not just citizens. And even if did not, the US also has treaty obligations and cannot (legally) do whatever the hell it wants to people simply because they are ‘foreign’ or accused of terrorism.

  2. Fifth amendment.

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    Person, not citizen.

    Try reading Pete.

  3. A grownup would also recognize that "The State" is an awesome barrier to those jihadists who wish us harm, and that like any institution there will be times of human error. Some terrorists will get through, it is a certainty.

    That being said, I don’t think in this instance, civil criminal charges was the way to go.

  4. "A quick bullet to the head would be the easiest solution."

    Only after all information was obtained – by whatever means necessary.

  5. We don’t need to profile!

    We don’t need to profile. At the Center for Aggression Management, we use easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

    Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

    The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” – all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

    All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

    1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

    2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

    3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

    Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

    The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

    As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

    Visit our blog at http://blog.AggressionManagement.com where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.

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