Now anyone who follows this blog (yes both of you.. 🙂 ) knows I have some thoughts about how the fight against terrorism should or shouldn’t be done. I’m also not exactly a hard line conservative when it comes to the False Dichotomy of Security vs Privacy. But let’s take a moment to sanity check.
John McCain wants to not grant US Citizens their rights? Wow, that is so profoundly and deeply disturbing that I am not sure how to respond without getting angry.
“The Hill: McCain: ‘Serious mistake’ if car bombing suspect was Mirandized
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 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.”
Apparently Joe Lieberman also thought enough about this to propose legislation to strip citizens of the citizenship. Mark Rubio, the leading GOP candidate for a Florida Senate seat, also thinks the same. Do these people really think this is a good idea? Do they really think that reading rights to a suspect hampers investigation? I suppose if you never plan to take them to trial and follow the rule of law, then Miranda takes time, but seriously is that it?
The Constitution (hey GOP, maybe you should read that some day) provides this protection (not specifically Miranda, I know) and frankly it isn’t contingent on citizenship anyway. Foreign nationals who commit crimes are read their rights too, as part of basic legal protections in our country. It’s part of the American legal system and American rights.
So why does the GOP hate America and our rights? Is it only Republicans who are supposed to have rights, everyone else has a pass for the day which can be revoked at any time? How does one get to the unalienable part of the the rights deemed self evident in our Declaration of Independance? Maybe the Bill of Rights and the 5th Amendment have no bearing because the suspect is a “bad guy”? Why then are repeat-offending killers, other terrorists, and people who have succeeded in bombing or killing Americans like Timothy McVeigh not treated the same?
UPDATE: Ok frankly this is beginning to cause me a lot of concern. Politicians who are now being bullied into thinking that taking away citizen’s rights in favor of false security is alarming, but the change in stance over this issue on the part of the existing administration is not only scary, but alarming. A US Citizen, arrested in the US, is being considered a military issue? That is just stupid and dangerous. Yes US Citizens that commit heinous crimes, or even try to commit them, should be dealt with swiftly. But they are still provided their rights and protections. If they aren’t, we become that which we are fighting.