Brennan On Detainee Recidivism: “Twenty percent isn’t that bad”

And where did Brennan made these appalling remarks?  That would be the Islamic Center at New York University.

At one point, Brennan was asked about a recent assessment from the intelligence community that 20 percent of detainees transferred from Guantanamo are confirmed or suspected of recidivist activity, as Brennan confirmed in a letter to Congress earlier this month.

Earlier this month in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Brennan used that figure and pointed out about the 20 percent recidivism rate that “all of these cases relate to detainees released during the previous administration and under the prior detainee review process. The report indicates no confirmed or suspected recidivists among detainees transferred during this administration, although we recognize the ongoing risk that detainees could engage in such activity.”

Shayana Kadidal of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights challenged that figure, saying that his organization believes fewer than half a dozen former Guantanamo detainees have gotten involved in “any criminal activity.”

Brennan stood by the figure, calling the assessment “very rigorous,” though he acknowledged it’s “very difficult to get precise figures” on recidivism.

“People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, say ‘Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity,'” Brennan said. “You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn’t that bad.”

Jaw dropping.  If Obama is as smart as the MSM would like us to believe, he will face the reality that Brennan has become too much of a political liability to keep around.  Under the bus he must go.

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Obama Admin’s Brennan: Criticizing Us Is Serving The Goals Of Al Queda

Brennan makes this statement in his whiny USA  Today op/ed in which he attempts to defend the indefensible regarding the Obama administrations’ handling of the Christmas Day Bomber and other counterterrorism policies.

In an oped in USA Today, John Brennan — Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism — responds to critics of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies by saying “Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”

Brennan writes that, “Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.”

In the oped, titled “‘We need no lectures’: Administration disrupts terrorists’ plots, takes fight to them abroad,” Brennan writes that politics “should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe.”

The administration op-ed is in response to a USA Today editorial entitled “National security team fails to inspire confidence; Officials’ handling of Christmas Day attack looks like amateur hour.”

Brennan provides a detailed defense of the administration’s handling of failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab whom, he says, was “thoroughly interrogated and provided important information.”

He suggests that many critics are hypocritical and clueless.

The most important breakthrough in the interrogation occurred “after Abdulmutallab was read his rights, which the FBI made standard policy under Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s attorney general,” he writes, noting that failed shoe bomber Richard Reid “was read his Miranda rights five minutes after being taken off a plane he tried to blow up. The same people who criticize the president today were silent back then.”

Brennan said anyone who wants to change the policy would be casting aside lessons learned “in waging this war” on extremists.

So let me get this straight.  If we criticize Barry’s handling of terrorism we are helping Al Qaeda?  But I thought we have a right to question “any adminstration”, no?  At least that’s what Shrillary told us back in 2003.

Brennan, Gibbs, Axelrod and Barry himself can try to spin this all they want, but it does not change the undisputed fact that Americans do not want terrorists to be granted Constitutional rights such as Miranda, do not want terrorists tried in civilian courts, do not want Gitmo closed and do not want their president to sit down and chat it up with heads of states that sponsor terror and want to wipe Israel off the map.  Just ask Senator* Scott Brown. 

*bolded for extra pleasure

Collins and Lieberman: Does The Obama Adminstration Really Believe We Are At War?

In a letter to Eric Holder and John Brennan, Senators Collins and Lieberman rip the Justice Department a new one for mirandizing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab while he was signing like a canary and push to have him transferred to the Department of Defense – where he should have been since Northwest flight 253 landed on Christmas day. 

Citing reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “speaking openly about the attack” and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s involvement in it before he was read his Miranda rights, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins said that reading the suspect his rights shortly after his arrest was an opportunity lost. 

Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Collins, R-Maine, the committee’s ranking Republican, said officials would be able to continue interrogating Abdulmutallab and try him before a military commission if they treat him as an enemy combatant.

“The decision to treat Abdulmutallab as a criminal rather than (an unprivileged enemy belligerent) almost certainly prevented the military and the intelligence community from obtaining information that would have been critical to learning more about how our enemy operates and to preventing future attacks,” the senators wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. 

“Though the president has said repeatedly that we are at war, it does not appear to us that the president’s words are reflected in the actions of some in the executive branch, including some at the Department of Justice,” they wrote. 

Contrary to what Dough Boy Gibbs et al are saying, this was one of the driving issues behind Scott Brown’s win last week.  Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to treating terrorists like common criminals and reject trying them in our civilian court system.

This line at The People’s Rally drew thunderous applause:

“WE WILL USE OUR TAX DOLLARS TO PROVIDE WEAPONS TO KILL TERRORISTS AND NOT USE TAX DOLLARS FOR LAWYERS TO DEFEND TERRORISTS!”

But then again, we were a bunch of racist, redneck, truck-driving homophobes so what the hell do we know.