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Obama Was Against Mirandizing Terrorists

From his March 20, 2009 interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes:

Transcript Of Steve Kroft’s March 20 Interview With President Barack Obama

(CBS)  On Friday, March 20, 2009, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft interviewed President Barack Obama on the grounds of the White House and in the Oval Office.

… STEVE KROFT: One question about Dick Cheney and Guantanamo. I’m sure you want to answer this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh, absolutely.

STEVE KROFT:A week ago Vice President Cheney– said essentially that your willingness to shut down Guantanamo and to change the way prisoners are treated and interrogator– interrogated– was making America weaker and more vulnerable to another attack. And that– the interrogation techniques that were used at Guantanamo were essential in preventing another attack against the United States.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney. Not surprisingly. You know, I think that– Vice President Cheney has been– at the head of a– movement whose notion is somehow that we can’t reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don’t torture, with our national security interests. I think he’s drawing the l– wrong lesson from history.

The facts don’t bear him out. I think he is– that attitude, that philosophy has done incredible damage– to our image and position in the world. I mean, the fact of the matter is after all these years how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How many– how many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment. Which means that there is constant effective recruitment of– Arab fighters and Muslim fighters against U.S. interests all around the world.

STEVE KROFT: Some of it being organized by a few people who were released from Guantanamo.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well there is no doubt that– we have not done a particularly effective job in sorting through who are truly dangerous individuals that we’ve got to– make sure are not a threat to us, who are folks that we just swept up. The whole premise of Guantanamo promoted by Vice President Cheney was that somehow the American system of justice was not up to the task of dealing with these terrorists.

I fundamentally disagree with that. Now– do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter– down the block? Of course not

And this was not the only time Mr. Obama assured us this would never happen.

Barack had previously spoken on the topic at a town hall at Farmington Hills, Michigan, on September 09, 2008:

But once again, Mr. Obama’s promises were never meant to last forever.

Just until the election.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Was Against Mirandizing Terrorists”

  1. ptat says:

    Our President is nothing more than an empty vessel desperately seeking the “right” thing to say for the moment, preferably scripted and on the TOTUS. At his essence, all he really is is a mediocre teleprompter reader.

  2. JohnnyT says:

    Barack the Bomb thrower, thats a good one! Here he is on the record showing how little he understands the nature of our enemy. But then again Mohammad is really a cab driver.

  3. ptat says:

    I would bet that if someone were to go over all of Obama’s speeches, there would be nothing but contradictions throughout. They would probably cancel each other out to the point of—he said nothing! He was “for it” then against it”, “knew it” then didn’t, beilieved in it, then didn’t, promised it, then didn’t deliver, and on and on, for as long as people will listen.

    • proreason says:

      “if someone were to go over all of Obama’s speeches, there would be nothing but contradictions throughout”


      It’s deliberate.

      He has said everything and anything at some point, which when needed, he can reach into his grab bag to pull ou.

      Those 5,000 people on the WH staff are there for a purpose, and it isn’t to make policy. The policy is simple: surrender, marxism, destroy America. One person could do the policy part before lunch.

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