Monday, May 10, 2010

Holder Off

Attorney General Eric Holder told the Sunday chat shows that the Obama administration is giving serious consideration to “modifying” the Miranda rules.

Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time today on ABC’s “This Week” that the Obama administration is open to modifying Miranda protections to deal with the “threats that we now face.”

“The [Miranda] system we have in place has proven to be effective,” Holder told host Jake Tapper. “I think we also want to look and determine whether we have the necessary flexibility — whether we have a system that deals with situations that agents now confront. … We’re now dealing with international terrorism. … I think we have to give serious consideration to at least modifying that public-safety exception [to the Miranda protections]. And that’s one of the things that I think we’re going to be reaching out to Congress, to come up with a proposal that is both constitutional, but that is also relevant to our times and the threats that we now face.”

Sorry, Mr. Holder, but if we do that, then the Liebermans of the world win. This is pandering to the knee-jerk sky-is-falling reactionary response from the right-wing chicken-hawks, and it says that the rules that worked when we arrested terrorists that actually were able to pull off their missions aren’t good enough for the incompetents.