Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to a current senator and former presidential candidate who thinks it’s a gimme to hold off on reading Miranda rights to the Times Square Bomber even though he is a naturalized American citizen. Are we now going to get around following the rule of law by “delaying” the reading of rights to this joker but we Mirandize foreign nationals at the drop of a hat? At what point do we stop bending the Constitution just a little bit to make things go our way? Are you okay with the slippery slope being laid for all criminal cases? If anything, this just proves the point that McCain truly does not have America’s back as we already know how this administration and a significant portion of congress feels about patriotic Americans that read the Constitution, own guns, and attend church.
It would have been a serious mistake to have read the suspect in the attempted Times Square car bombing his Miranda rights, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.
McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a longtime leading Republican on national security issues, said he expected the suspect in the case could face charges that might warrant a death sentence if convicted.
“Obviously that would be a serious mistake…at least until we find out as much information we have,” McCain said during an appearance on “Imus in the Morning” when asked whether the suspect, 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan.
“Don’t give this guy his Miranda rights until we find out what it’s all about,” McCain added during an appearance on the Imus show, which is broadcast by the Fox Business Network.
McCain’s remarks echo Republican complaints in the aftermath of the attempted bombing of a flight en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect in that case, was immediately Mirandized and given full criminal rights.
Republicans say that suspects like Abdulmutallab and potentially Shahzad should be classified as an “enemy combatant,” which gives authorities more leeway in seeking intelligence through interrogation and other methods.
As for my personal opinion of this bomber, does anybody really believe this guy is a foreign terrorist?