Critics Blast Obama Administration’s Decision To Read Terrorist Suspect His Miranda Rights
May 10, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Republican leaders heavily criticized the Obama administration last week for allowing officials to read Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights soon after he had been taken into custody for allegedly attempting to detonate a car bomb in Times Square over the weekend.
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Mo.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) all conveyed their disappointment with the administration’s decision to not classify Shahzad as an enemy combatant, a move that would have allowed investigators to hold the suspect indefinitely, according to The New York Times.
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that Shahzad was originally interrogated under a public safety exemption, and was then read his Miranda rights soon after authorities determined there was no imminent threat. Officials with the FBI said Shahzad provided them with "valuable intelligence and evidence" both before and after being advised of his rights.
In response to the incident, Lieberman announced on Wednesday that he will propose a bill that would strip alleged terrorists of their citizenship immediately after being detained, CBS.com reports. The senator indicated that he would attempt to amend a current law that revokes a person’s citizenship if they join a foreign army.