Angering liberals and civil libertarians, President Obama is "open to
" new legislation that would allow authorities to interrogate
terror suspects for longer periods before reading them their Miranda
. On CNN this Monday, Obama's political adviser David Axelrod said the
White House was "willing to talk to Congress" about new rules expanding
the power of authorities. Pundits are debating whether this will make
America safer or needlessly curb civil liberties.
Is a Dangerous Idea, writes conservative Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: "Attempting
to shoehorn a war into the criminal courts system is so dangerous to
American citizens. In order to make it work, the federal government
will have to make broad changes to criminal procedure and constitutional
protections not just for a few jihadis but for everyone who
appears in the federal court system for justice. Shahzad belongs in
that system, but KSM, Abdulmutallab, and the Gitmo detainees do not.
The creation of military commissions protects our rights as well as
American national security."
- Making Exceptions to Miranda Will Make Us Safer, says conservative Fox News host Bill O'Reilly: "Some good news
for Americans who want a sane country...President Obama understands the
[Miranda] issue has hurt him. And I believe he has ordered Holder to
pull back. Yesterday, Holder, interviewed on NBC, cited the so-called
public safety concern when talking about captured terrorists. The
public safety law is a vague exception that allows authorities to
question someone without Miranda rights if they believe an act of
terrorism is ongoing, a ticking time bomb scenario. Apparently Holder
now likes the public safety exception, especially in the case of the
Times Square guy Shahzad."
Being Disingenuous, writes the Boston Globe editorial board: "Holder is wrong
to suggest that new legislation is needed to create broader exceptions.
The existing rules worked well with Shahzad: He provided what the FBI
called 'valuable intelligence and evidence’' and even kept talking after
hearing his rights. It’s unclear what problem Holder is proposing to
- This Is Just Obama Trying to Satisfy GOP
Critics, says Jon Dean, a columnist at FindLaw appearing on
Countdown with Keith Olbermann: "it's certainly good political
grandstanding. The right has been hammering on this on how tough they
are on terrorism, how weak the Democrats are. So, they keep pounding
that drum. It looks like Mr. Holder and the administration is trying to
respond to that. They're never going to satisfy it. In fact, we don't
need legislation. There's no evidence that Miranda has ever been a
problem for law enforcement. There's no evidence that it's a problem
now with terrorism. There's no evidence they need anything more in the
exception than they already have."
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