Sunday, May 9, 2010
As Always, Our Rights Are Under Attack
I found a great article on TPM today about how the Obama administration is spear-heading a "robust use of Miranda." What Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is saying is that since there is no judgment of prior-use in the case of the Public Safety exemption, there could be an unlimited amount of time that a suspect could be held and questioned before having their Miranda Rights read to them.
We are falling down a rabbit hole. First, you have the war on terror. Then, you have administration officials, past and present, declaring drug dealers and gang members in the US as terrorists. Now, you have the Obama administration trying to extend the use of the Public Safety exemption. There should be no question as to someone being Mirandized when they are suspected of committing a crime on US soil.
This is supposed to be some sort of 'compromise' between right-wing police state proponents and people who actually think the Constitution is worth something. I suppose that the administration is looking at this to appease the likes of Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, who wants to revoke the rights of citizenship to anyone who is even suspected of terrorism.
Why does the administration continue to kowtow to these anti-American conservatives? Where is the Tea Party in all of this? Why aren't they screaming at the top of their whiny voices about this blatant disregard for the Constitution that they supposedly hold so dear? Why do we, as American citizens, allow this administration to continue the efforts of Dick Cheney to deny us our rights and freedoms?
When you take our laws to the point that anyone can be declared a terrorist and refused their rights, then we have surely arrived in 1984. Change you can believe in, indeed. Fucking pocket change.