Tuesday, May 4, 2010

But Still

Big butch Republicans holding forth on the rule of law:

Congressional Republicans want to know whether the Pakistani-born American arrested in the Times Square car bombing plot was read his Miranda rights, with Sen. John McCain saying it would be a “serious mistake” if the suspect was reminded of his right to remain silent.

“Obviously that would be a serious mistake until all the information is gathered,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said on “Imus in the Morning” when asked whether the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, should have been Mirandized.

Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, wants to know whether the Justice Department consulted with the intelligence community.

“I hope that [Attorney General Eric] Holder did discuss this with the intelligence community. If they believe they got enough from him, how much more should they get? Did they Mirandize him? I know he’s an American citizen but still,” King told POLITICO.

That sounds like great talk for the teabaggers — “string ’em up fuck yeah!” — but there’s the little matter of the trial. When Mr. Shahzad goes to court to stand trial for whatever he’s charged with, if he’s not been Mirandized, the case would be thrown out. Period. It’s been the law of the land since 1966. There is no “but still” about it.

And these people are the ones who are writing the laws. But still.