Nigerian bomber begins talking to US investigators again

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Washington, Feb. 3 (ANI): Nigerian bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, has begun talking to investigators again.

He earlier talked to agents for about 50 minutes on the day of his arrest, and then refused to cooperate further when he was advised of his Miranda rights against self-incrimination.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed that the young Nigerian operative has changed his mind and is speaking to federal agents again, the Politico reports.

"My understanding is that he is cooperating," she said, "that they have gotten useful information out of him. My information is that is continuing" since he was given the Miranda warning upon his arrest on Christmas Day.

While FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III declined to elaborate on what Abdulmutallab has divulged, he also confirmed that Abdulmutallab was talking again.

The latest developments have come amid the fierce criticism that the Obama administration is facing for reading Miranda rights to Abdulmutallab.

"There is a life span on this kind of intelligence. If you know the location of an operative one day, and Al Qaeda knows you are captured, how likely is it the operative is still in the same place the next day, let alone more than a month after?" said one Republican source on Capitol Hill.

"And this seems to contradict claims from the administration that they've gotten all the information they needed out of him. If that was so, then the bomber wouldn't have anything more to talk about," he added.

Also on Tuesday a bipartisan group of senators announced legislation to stop funding for the any civilian trials of terror suspects, including the alleged Sept. 11 plotters whom the administration has wanted to try in New York City.

The senators want them tried instead before a military commission in Cuba. (ANI)

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