Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Miranda Wrongs

Last Christmas, when the "underwear bomber" story played out to a (thankfully) quiet conclusion, it seemed liked politics as usual when certain voices desperate for any albatross to hang around this administration's neck began to rail against reading the suspect his Miranda rights (you know, right to remain silent, right to an attorney, etc.).  Despite the fact that the suspect cooperated with authorities both before and after he was Mirandized, the alarmist cry went up on the right that foreigners shouldn't be taking advantage of those legal protections afforded to Americans.
Well, with this past weekend's events in Times Square, another unsuccessful bombing attempt followed by the suspect's swift apprehension, the anti-Miranda call is once more being sounded, this time from folks like John McCain, John Cornyn, and other Republican politicos who frankly should know better.  This stance seemed counter-intuitive to me last December, and it feels even moreso now that we're talking about an American citizen.  And talk about strange bedfellows, I'm not even sure what to make of the fact that Glenn Beck and I are on the same side of this issue!

Here's Olbermann from earlier tonight expressing my own feelings on this matter far more eloquently than I:

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