Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Should Faisal Shahzad Have Been Read His Rights?

What kind of question is this? Faisal Shahzad, granted he tried to blow up Time Square, is still an American citizen detained on American soil. He has rights provided to him by law and more importantly our constitution. Comparing the incident to the Christmas Flight Bomber is flawed because he was not.

"The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, was interrogated without initially being read his Miranda rights under a public safety exception, and provided what the F.B.I. called “valuable intelligence and evidence.”

After investigators determined there was no imminent threat to be headed off, Mr. Shahzad was later read his rights to remain silent, but he waived them and continued talking, the F.B.I. said. Authorities charged him as a civilian on Tuesday, but postponed plans to bring him to court.

The handling of Mr. Shahzad touched off the same sort of argument that followed the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger jet bound for Detroit. Some Republicans urged the Obama administration to interrogate Mr. Shahzad without affording him Miranda rights and to classify him as an enemy combatant, which would allow authorities to detain him indefinitely. But Democrats said his quick arrest and his reported confession showed the system can respond to threats of terrorism without resorting to extraordinary tactics.

Past Related Posts:
Berman Post: Failed Car Bomb in Time Square (NYC)
Berman Post: Attempted Time Square Bomber Used The Wrong Fertilizer
Berman Post: Faisal Shahzad (Pakistani-American) Arrested in Connection With Failed Time Square Car Bombing


  1. The headline of this post came up on my blog roll feed and I was afraid you were gonna say "no" or something to that affect haha.

    I agree 100 hundred percent- don't change your mind because of that though ;)

  2. @Ian Spencer Dubrowsky - how does it feel to know you agree with Glenn Beck?

  3. It feels like If I was standing with Glenn Beck and Osama Bin Laden in a field and we were all looking at the sky and Beck said it was Blue, we would still probably all agree. I wish I agreed with Glenn Beck more often, I agree with Hitler when he thought that the United States would have advantages over him in the war. Either way the world would be a better place if someone in Glenn Beck's position agreed with me more, yet I don't really anticipate the constitutional rights of this guy being a major interest or concern of Glenn Beck. Which is also to say that Beck, like Glenn Reynolds would probably reconsider their positions on the basis that someone like me agreed with them.

    Even so does that mean in his totality Glenn Beck isn't a total charlatan and 21st century father coughlin? of course not.


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