Eli Lake reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has told his interrogators* that there are other English-speaking terrorists trained by the al-Qaeda’s Yemen/Saudi affiliate. I had heard something similar, but it was third-hand and single-sourced and I had trouble confirming it, so extra credit to Eli for reporting it out. His last graf, though, might be the most relevant to the current debate:
The White House has defended the decision to treat Mr. Abdulmutallab as a criminal on the grounds that the suspect’s family has coaxed him into cooperating, something that likely would not have occurred had he not been afforded access to counsel.
Even more extra credit to Eli for saying this forthrightly. Had we thrown Abdulmutallab into some military prison, whether at Guantanamo or a Naval brig or wherever, the approach that actually reaped this uncontroversially-important bit of intelligence would have remained with Abdulmutallab. As Eli’s story reports, it led to a “global manhunt for English-speaking terrorists trained in Yemen.” The Abdulmutallab case just keeps destroying the case for Cheneyite revanchism.