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FOREIGN TERROR COMBATANTS HAVE MIRANDA RIGHTS
TELL ME IT AIN’T TRUE
From the LA Times, May 28:
“Reporting from Washington -- The FBI and Justice Department
plan to significantly expand their role in global counter-terrorism operations,
part of a
"Regardless of where any bad guy is caught, we want the
bureau to be in a position to put charges on them," the official said,
adding that the Bush administration's emphasis on CIA and military operations
often marginalized the FBI -- especially when it came to interrogating
“Like others interviewed for this article, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity because no one has been authorized to discuss the initiative publicly."We have no comment on it at this time," FBI Assistant Director John J. Miller, the bureau's chief spokesman, said when asked about the initiative”
A leading republican on the House Intelligence subcommittee,
Mike Rogers, has reported that FBI agents may now be required by the
Administration to Mirandize
I can just imagine the Dick Cheney version of Miranda:
“You have the right to remain silent, [even during enhanced
interrogation]. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a
court of law [provided you live to see a court of law, and provided you are lucky
enough to be prosecuted in the
“You [will] have the right to speak to an attorney [in
“If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense. [We are sorry but there are no funds for a publicist at this time, but at no cost to you, we are providing the latest copy of the Al Qaeda interrogation manual for terrorists in the field.]”
I devoutly hope that the ‘Miranda-your-high-value-terrorist’ reports are somebody’s idea of a joke.
Returning to the ‘LA Law’ method of dealing with terrorists and enemy combatants in the field is suicidal naiveté.
Tell me it ain’t true.