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Petraeus: Stephen Hayes Weekly Standard Story On Miranda For Detainees Isn't True


“The real rumor yesterday is whether our forces were reading Miranda rights to detainees and the answer to that is no,” Petraeus said today.

The Weekly Standard piece, published on the magazine’s Website yesterday, claimed that “the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.”

This makes even more sense as conservative b.s. when you remember that Hayes wrote that hagiography of Cheney from a little while back and also the book on the Saddam-Osama connection that didn't exist.

I should also note that just because the story happens to not be true will not preclude conservatives from bringing it up time and time again, like the Obama birthers, the facts don't actually matter to these folks.

MORE: NBC has more.

A DOJ spokesman says there's been no new policy directive.

"There has been no policy change and no blanket instruction issued for FBI agents to Mirandize detainees overseas," spokesman Matt Miller said. "While there have been specific cases in which FBI agents have Mirandized suspects overseas, at both Bagram and in other situations, in order to preserve the quality of evidence obtained, there has been no overall policy change with respect to detainees."