Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obama Distorts Miranda

Greenwald has the particulars. It's not that he has abolished the Miranda warning altogether... that would, after all, overturn a Supreme Court decision on the say-so of the executive only... but rather that he has given agents a great deal of discretion in how long they may hold terrorism suspects before reading them their Miranda rights.

Once again, Obama has abandoned his campaign promises to adhere to the rule of law in matters of due process. I'll say it again: from a civil liberties perspective, Obama is at least as bad as George W. Bush. Indeed, Bush did not commit this particular civil liberties violation. Even the WSJ said that "new rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades." (Emphasis mine. - SB)

Do our traditions mean anything? How about our laws, do they count for something? Or are we governed by one man, as he sees fit, case by case?

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