Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says a “policy of political correctness” has led to missed signals in recent terrorism investigations.
In my “This Week” interview, Giuliani told me, “I'm just not talking about the Obama administration. I'm talking about our entire apparatus that has to be fixed. We missed the signals with the bomber in Detroit. We missed the signals with Major Hasan. We missed the signals here [in the Faisal Shahzad case].”’
Responding to Attorney General Eric Holder’s suggestion on “This Week,” that changes to the public safety exception in issuing Miranda warnings should be considered, Giuliani said he supports such changes, but is “frustrated by the lack of urgency that is shown about terrorism matters.”
TAPPER: So you support what Attorney General Holder had to say about going to Congress and trying to get an updated Miranda warning?
GIULIANI: I do. I do. I support it, but I really at this point am frustrated by the lack of urgency that is shown about these terrorism matters. I mean, we've had three now where we've seen, you know, big breakdowns: Fort Hood, Christmas Day, and now -- and now this one.
It's about time that we stopped thinking about it and we stopped studying it. I don't know how often the attorney general said he was studying things. How about we stop studying and we start doing things, like we change Miranda, like we fix what appears to be a policy of political correctness in which we missed every signal that related to Major Hasan and promoted him in the military?
And here we missed some very big signals that Shahzad was giving us, going back to Pakistan, remaining there for five or six months, bringing in -- I've forgotten exactly how much cash he brought in from Pakistan, but I think it was something like $60,000...
TAPPER: It was something like -- I think it was $80,000...
GIULIANI: Eighty thousand dollars in cash.
TAPPER: ... but it was several -- several years ago, yes.
GIULIANI: Yes, but that doesn't trigger an alarm, even several years ago?
TAPPER: ... triggered an alarm and he was...
GIULIANI: ... fix these things now instead of talking about them.
TAPPER: Apparently, it did trigger an alarm. He was put on a Treasury watch list, but I'm not sure what more could have been done after that.
GIULIANI: Well, don't you see a pattern here, Jake? And I'm not -- I'm just not talking about the Obama administration. I'm talking about our entire apparatus that has to be fixed. We missed the signals with -- with the -- the -- the bomber in -- in -- in Detroit. We missed the signals with Major Hasan. We missed the signals here.
Maybe we've got to say to ourselves, let's go back and fix all this, rather than study it, to see what we're going to do. We've been at this long enough now to stop studying and start doing things.