Richard Cohen's bad timing

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Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, today:

In a similar example of poor judgment, an undoubtedly delighted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was told he had something called Miranda rights and could, if he so chose, cease talking about allegedly attempting to blow up a jetliner as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day. Abdulmutallab was Mirandized after just 50 minutes of interrogation and he, having probably seen more than his share of "Law & Order" episodes, promptly shut up.

Administration officials defend what happened in Detroit and assert, against common sense and the holy truth itself, that they got valuable intelligence -- and so what more would you want? But Abdulmutallab went silent before terrorism experts from Washington could get to him. It has been more than a month since he last opened his mouth, and even if he resumes cooperating -- a deal may be in the works -- he now knows just a bit more about the present-day location of various al-Qaeda operatives than does Regis Philbin.

CNN's Barbara Starr, moments ago:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab ... has been talking to investigators since last week. According to this law enforcement official, he has been providing what is called useful, current and actionable intelligence.

Politico Breaking News email, moments ago:

The "underwear bomber" has begun cooperating with FBI counterterrorism agents and has provided "useful, current" intelligence, a law enforcement source told POLITICO. The source said: "It started last week, and has continued for several days. ... We have been following up. The intelligence is not stale."

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The Washington Post
Richard Cohen
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