Monday, May 10, 2010

Who's shredding the constitution now?

To bolster that anti-terror campaign, [Attorney General Eric] Holder said in separate interviews with ABC and NBC's Meet the Press that law enforcement may need broader latitude in questioning terror suspects.

Holder said the administration would work with Congress to modify the law that requires law enforcement officers to advise suspects of the right to remain silent, known as the Miranda warning. In the Shahzad case and in the questioning of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused in the failed Christmas Day bombing of an airliner over Detroit, investigators issued the Miranda warnings.

Some Republicans, including former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, said the warnings are not appropriate in terror inquiries because they discourage suspects from cooperating. In some cases, authorities can question suspects before issuing Miranda warnings under a public-safety exception.

If a Republican president suggested that a Republican led congress limit and revise Miranda rights, the media would be accusing them of shredding the constitution.

But, it's Obama, Pelosi and Reid doing it. So, don't hold your breath waiting for outrage from MSNBC, the "progressive" bloggers, the various civil liberties groups, first amendment advocates, Congressional liberals and the other usual suspects.

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