Playing By the Rules Pays Off

Josh Marshall flags a key quote from an ABC News report underscoring the value of the Obama administration's approach towards the Christmas day bombing.

“One of the principal reasons why his family came back is because they had complete trust in the US system of justice and believed that Umar Farouq would be treated fairly and appropriately," the senior official said. "And that they would be as well.” 

The FBI and Abdulmuttalab's family approached the subject and “gained his cooperation. He has been cooperating for days," the official said. 

NBC News reports further that the intelligence being provided by Umar Abdulmutallab post-Miranda -- a procedural step, I might add, that the Bush administration afforded four times in two days by the Bush administration to the Shoe bomber -- is "good intelligence", and further that more intelligence is coming. That is to say, when America acts in accordance with its values, and interested parties understand that (in this case, both Abdulmutallab and his family), real dividends can ensue. 

Tags: Barack Obama, terrorism (all tags)

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