Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Miranda Doesn't Need Fixing

by David Rittgers

August 27, 2010

The attempted attacks by would-be airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad opened a debate over the wisdom of reading a terrorism suspect his rights to remain silent and to an attorney under Miranda v. Arizona. Now U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has proposed legislation that “allows unwarned interrogation of terrorism suspects for as long as is necessary to protect the public from pending or planned attacks.”

There are two serious problems with this proposal, one constitutional and one practical.