Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sorry Jack, you don't have the right to remain silent

Warning! If you are a right wing republican chances are you are going to hate this blog. If you are a left wing democrat chances are you are going to hate this blog. If you are an open minded person you may actually like this.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

We all know about Miranda rights. Any cop show you watched had this read at one time or another. There was a great TV show in the 80’s called Crime Story that took place in the early 1960’s staring Dennis Farina as Chicago cop Lt. Mike Torello. The tag line to the show was “Before you had the right to remain silent there was Mike Torello”.

The origin of the Miranda rights was in a1966 Supreme Court case “Miranda vs. Arizona”. Auturo Miranda, a convicted rapist and kidnapper claimed his rights had been violated during his interrogation. The Supreme Court sided with him (he was later retried and convicted) and so a convicted rapist has his name enshrined.
The only exception to Miranda is “an imminent threat to public safety”.

So why are these terrorists being Mirandized? They aren't an imminent threat? Shoe bomber Richard Reid( a Bush era terrorist and foreign citizen so the democrats don’t think I am ganging up on them), Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the Christmas Bomber and now Faisal Shahzad the Times Square Bomber were all read their rights. Of the three only Shahzad was a citizen. What ties them in common is they were Mirandized.

Only stupidity on the behalf of these idiots( Reid couldn’t light a match, Abdulmutallab could but all he could manage was to set fire to was his underwear and managed to remove himself from the gene pool by burning his private parts off, and Shahzad who managed to jury rig a bomb but left it and it fizzled) saved us from a disaster.

We have an attorney general who refuses to use the word terrorist in regard to Shahzad and seems more concerned with protecting his rights than the rights of the citizens, a guy who wanted to put NY in danger by having Khalid Mohammed the terrorist mastermind tried in a civilian court. We have a Director of Homeland Security who said after the Christmas Bomber that “The system worked” and has been pretty silent about the Times Square Bomber (she is the one who wants the term terrorists acts changed to Man- Made Acts- I kid you not). And on the other fringe more insanity-sorry NRA but not allowing someone who is on the No-Fly list to buy guns is not taking your guns away- it is keeping them from would be terrorists.

Everyone’s political agenda is getting in the way of one thing- protecting US citizens from acts of terrorism. These guys should be labeled enemy combatants and treated as so. As to those who thinks doing this legitimizes them by not labeling them as common criminals- I can’t wait for the day we have one of these guys have a hung jury because one juror is afraid to convict him and then he goes out and commits another act of terrorism. Hopefully our government will wake up and realize the threat and treat these guys as the terrorists they are before another “Man Made Disaster” happens.

1 comment:

  1. And to think, up until now I thought a "man-made disaster" was my second marriage.