Why are we giving terrorists Miranda Rights?

This was taken from Rush Limbaugh


The more I see of this gal, the more I like her, she has the fortitude to tell it like it is, regardless of what some people might think of her, the conservatives need more people like her.

RUSH:
We talked yesterday, just as the program was ending we got the news,
Stephen Hayes, at the Weekly Standard on his blog mentioned that
terrorist detainees in Afghanistan are being read their Miranda
rights.  This signals a huge shift once again that fighting terrorism
is a criminal enterprise.  It brings back the old days of the way the
Clinton administration went about it.  But when you start Mirandizing
noncitizens, especially foreign enemy combatants on the battlefield,
when you start Mirandizing them, you are granting them constitutional
rights when they are not citizens.  Now, if you can do that, if you can
grant a constitutional right and Mirandize a foreign terrorist, enemy
combatant, then I guess you can automatically grant citizenship to
people who are not citizens, couldn’t you?  

Andy McCarthy has
written much about this at National Review Online, and he actually goes
back and says one of the people that can be blamed for this is Senator
McCain.  I don’t have his story right in front of me, but Senator
McCain supported — back when McCain was on his anti-torture bandwagon
and was trying to curry favor with people on the left to get their
votes by agreeing that the US tortured people. One of the ways that
McCain sought to prevent torture and make it illegal, which it always
has been anyway, was to make it possible for what the Obama
administration is doing.  And they did this on the quiet.  It took a
member of Congress finding this out.  Sarah Palin warned of this in her
acceptance speech at St. Paul, the Republican convention, last
September.

PALIN: 
Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America,
and he’s worried that someone won’t read ’em their rights.

RUSH:  It’s exactly right.  Now, Obama, on March 22nd, this year, on 60 Minutes, said this.

OBAMA: 
Now, do these folks deserve Miranda rights?  Do they deserve to be
treated like a shoplifter down the block?  Of course not.

RUSH: 
Well, there you have it, there’s Barack Obama, March 22nd, “No, they
don’t deserve Miranda rights.”  They’re getting ’em.  They are being
Mirandized in Afghanistan today.  So once again it’s not what Obama
says; it’s how he says it that appeals to people.  Yesterday this all
came up at the afternoon press briefing with the most brilliant and
articulate press secretary we’ve ever had, according to several in the
government-run media.  Major Garrett of Fox News said, “Do you know if
it’s true or untrue that Miranda rights are read to terrorists in
Afghanistan?”

GIBBS:  I have no reason to — to disbelieve a
member of Congress, but I don’t know any of the circumstances that are
involved around it.

REPORTER:  Would it come as a surprise to the White House that that’s what would be happening?  

GIBBS:  It’s not a surprise to me.

RUSH: 
Not a surprise.  Yet your boss said on March 22nd that they don’t
deserve Miranda rights.  And Gibbs says, yes, he’s not surprised to him
that it’s happening, but that he didn’t know it.  So they aren’t
denying it.  And of course it requires us to go back and find Obama
saying that they don’t deserve Miranda rights on 60 Minutes in March
because government-controlled media is not going to do it. 

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH:
Now, these Miranda rights for terrorists: When can we expect
congressional hearings on this policy?  Nobody knew it was happening. 
The president’s press secretary didn’t know it was happening.  When
will there be congressional hearings? And I have another question.  If
we are going to Mirandize enemy combatants on the field of battle — we
are in a war in Afghanistan, folks.  We’re not there in a “police
action.”  We’re there in a war.  If we’re going to Mirandize
terrorists, the enemy combatants, does that mean they don’t have to say
anything until they get a lawyer, and if they can’t afford a lawyer,
are we going to appoint one for them?  I mean, isn’t that part of the
Miranda rights?  So where are the congressional hearings on this? 

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13 Comments

  1. “Officials said it was a practice that began under the Bush administration.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/11/combatant-criminal-reading-miranda-rights-detainees-draws-criticism/ And just a little note since lots of people don’t seem to understand this. Rights protect the accused. Reading them their rights, which is what is happening, protects the prosecuter, aka the US government. This closes a potential loophole that could allow detainees to claim that their case should be thrown out of court. How is closing a potential loophole a bad thing?

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  2. what you don’t understand, these people are enemy combatants, they were captured on the battlefield, they are trying to destroy use, they are not US citizens. They should never make it to our court system. They have no rights . If they have information that could save thousands of US lives, do you want them to remain silent? I really don’t care when it was started. Let’s turn them loose in your neiighborhood

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  4. Bad thing? No one is describing Miranda as a bad thing. Citizens on their ways into our criminal system are protected and thus Mirandized. Terrorists are already criminal and thus, Mirandizing is unnecessary – How many German officers during the Trials at Nuremberg were read their “rights” They are known and recognized criminals – a trial only formalizes that they be imprisoned as dangers to society or put to death owing to the severity of their crimes – much like George Soros and his Seditious talk against the United States, and ACORN with its illegal voter registration fraud attempts and actions. Criminality is not a small thing nor anything to pretend you can squirm away from – Killing people is the worlds highest crime as is harboringkillers. Bush went to War against this type of late 20th Century crime in fullaccordance with the laws and rules forinitiating war – therefore no danger of a prosecutor being caught in any loophole – the crimes have been committed, these jerks are rightly being brought to justice and death should they so be found to deserve this.Read history – Your generation is so hopelessly ignorant it has cost us a election with the most pathetic excuse for a first family since Benedict Arnold being placed into our highest office! Running our country is not about your emotions. Bad thing? ObamaThat is the worst thing.

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  5. I agree, I did not vote for Obama,  He was mainly elected by people from all generations who weren’t paying attention and were influenced by his charisma and speaking abilities, now we find out he can’t finish a sentence without a teleprompter. A lot of people who voted for him are getting buyers remorse, the problem is , all of us have to pay for their ignorance.        It’s a disgrace to the office to have those people living there. I’m not a big Jackie Kennedy fan, however , Michelle is no Jackie.

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