Ditch Miranda? Obama's a Coward
But the right is going to regret this just as much
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2010 4:52 PM CDT
A US flag flies above a razor wire at Gitmo.   (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

(Newser) – News that the Obama administration wants to strip terror suspects of their Miranda rights will end up being bad news for both the left and right, says Matt Taibbi. For the White House and Democrats, this "represents a new low on the utter-lack-of-balls front," Taibbi writes at his True/Slant blog. "If our president is going to go sticking his thumbs into the Constitution every time he can’t take a few days of getting reamed by a bunch of overpaid media shills whose job it is to hate him no matter what he does, then we’re all in a lot of trouble."

As for those Tea Party activists who screamed for such a move, well, "Congratulations. You've just opened the door for a major new expansion of government power." Let's see how they react when this concept—deciding on a "case-by-case basis" when to suspend Miranda rights—is applied to an American militia group. "Given that they’re part of a movement that is driven almost entirely by a paranoid fear of the exploding powers of government, it’s bizarre to see these people signing on for the corruption of the 5th Amendment. But then again, no one ever accused these people of being smart."

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May 12, 2010 11:08 PM CDT
since when did the tea party call for selective application of miranda rights?
May 12, 2010 5:42 PM CDT
I see automatic challenges and lawsuits in the future if this goes through. It is (as if anyone needs to be told) highly unconstitutional. If you are a US citizen, if you get arrested, you get mirandized. There is no debating this. It is one of the fundamental rights of the justice and legal system. If you decide to undercut this basic right you do nothing but harm to the American way of life, not to mention your ability to use any evidence gathered from the individual in court. No Miranda, no evidence, no Miranda, no point. I really wish the White House would stop putting its tail between its legs every time some torture loving idiot says boo.
May 12, 2010 3:13 PM CDT
Getting rid of Miranda would only be legally possible if they also get rid of innocent until proven guilty... oh yeah the press and the pseudo-press do that all the time already.