Washington Post Fails to Detail Old White House Miranda Procedures
The February 13th Washington Post has an article by Walter Pincus titled: “Under Plan, Intelligence Agencies Would Be Consulted Before Reading of Rights.” But is not until the third paragraph that Pincus informs readers that the “plan now under review in the White House” involves “new procedures.” But this begs the question: what were the old procedures? Pincus never says.
Instead, Pincus goes on to report: “Republican lawmakers have criticized the administration for not consulting the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies before FBI agents read the 23-year-old Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights. ”
But did the Administration consult with the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies before the FBI read Abdulmutallab his rights? Because both White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan booth said that they did.
So which is it? Are the Republican lawmakers correct, and the FBI did not consult the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies? Was not consulting with the intelligence community the “old” policy? If so, this would be consistent with a “new” policy requiring the FBI to do so.
But then if that were true, then both Gibbs and Brennan lied to the American people. That seems like something The Washington Post would want to include their article.