May 4th, 2010 by Kevin
Ok so we caught at least one of the suspects of the attempted New York Times Square bombing, great, keep looking, and keep investigating. But what really distresses me is we have those that are actively advocating overlooking his Constitutional protections as an American citizen.
It would have been a serious mistake to have read the suspect in the attempted Times Square car bombing his Miranda rights, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.
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 before they decided to hold his trial in civilian court.
That is a mistake, a huge mistake, for a whole variety of reasons.
Yes, if he is the guilty party his crime is heinous and extremely serious, perhaps the most serious thing you can be accused of. However, bottom line….he\’s a US citizen, that is accused of a crime on US soil, and was arrested by US authorities. There is absolutely NO GREY AREA here…he deserves every Constitutional Protection to which every other US Citizen is privileged.
The minute we start overlooking Constitutional protections for our short-term convenience, we all lose our Constitutional protections. Liberals with an agenda may try to draw parallels to Gitmo, but the parallels are poor and stretch way past the point of breaking….this isn\’t a foreign fighter, of foreign citizenry, captured on a battlefield on foreign soil.
It absolutely terrifies me that we have Congressmen and Senators, shrugging their shoulders at the protection granted us by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Declaration of Independence, which preceded those two documents, was written because of abuses of power, which while not similar in degree, are at least similar in spirit to what McCain and King are advocating here.
That all said, with great privilege (and US Citizenry is!) comes great responsibility. I would have absolutely no qualms about Mr. Shahzad being charged with treason and if after due process he is found guilty, put to death. But he deserves his rights as a US citizen. If the least of us can\’t depend on those protections, then even the best of us have reason to fear their loss.