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How do you fight a war on terror? Very carefully. The Time’s Square almost bombing has got everyone on the right whining about Miranda rights. Most think that Miranda rights are for big wusses like Eric Holder and that any naturalized citizen named Faisal should be water-boarded first, then shot on sight. Or, at least, that is the way right wing radio is sounding these days. Former Presidential candidate Senantor John McCain weighed in on this along with Glenn Beck. McCain comes off comes off like Dick Cheney. And Glenn Beck sounds disarmingly sane.

Notorious for jumping into the political fray in the wake of attempted or successful terrorist acts, King was quickly joined in the ring by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who called the idea of reading Miranda rights a “serious mistake.”

“There’s probably about 350 different charges he’s guilty of — attempted acts of terror against the United States, attempted murder,” McCain said during an appearance on “Imus in the Morning”. “I’m sure there’s a significant number to warrant the death penalty.”

That both McCain and King would so quickly condemn the idea of reading Miranda rights is a reflection of just how far the Republican Party has moved away from a basic element of law enforcement (used often by, among others, the Bush administration’s Department of Justice). The suspect, after all, is an American citizen. And in an unexpected moment of dissension, the two lawmakers found themselves on the opposite end of the argument from no less a conservative voice than Beck.

“He is a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens,” the bombastic Fox News host said to the stunned co-hosts of “Fox and Friends”. “If you are a citizen, you obey the law and follow the Constitution. [Shahzad] has all the rights under the Constitution.”

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2 Comments

  1. Jeremy Scahill’s blog in “The Nation” reports the high possibility of US Special Forces being involved in the arrest of Shahzad. Seems that after the FBI lost him they called on the military for some help in using their sophisticated equipment to find him.

    So it appears that between the Democrats and Republicans they don’t mind suspening miranda rights or Posse Comitatus.

  2. Now the “big wuss” himself, Eric Holder, seems to think that the rights of suspects against self-incrimination under duress, even American citizens, need to be “modified” in terrorism cases. Once again “change we can believe in”.


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