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Twelve Hours After Arrest, GOPers Already Banging "Miranda" Drum

Yesterday, GOP Rep Pete King, who is always ready with a quote criticizing Obama's terrorism record, actually offered praise of his handling of the Times Square bomb scare. "I'm satisfied," King said, adding: "There's nothing they haven't done."

Since then, things have changed: A suspect has now been caught. Which, oddly enough, has now caused King to sound a critical tone. He's demanding to know whether Eric Holder's Justice Department Mirandized him:

"Did they Mirandize him? I know he's an American citizen but still," King said.

"I hope that if they did read him his rights and if they are going for an indictment as opposed to a tribunal that he did discuss it with the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, all the component parts of the intelligence community," King said.

John McCain, too, is already echoing the same criticism, claiming that Mirandizing him would be "a serious mistake until all the information is gathered."

The question is whether anything at all will get these good people to realize that this is dumb. As you know, the right bitterly criticized the Obama adminstration for Mirandizing the Christmas Day bomb plotter. But then it turned out that he'd only been Mirandized after he stopped talking. And subsequent to that, intelligence officials confirmed that he'd started sharing valuable information, despite having been Mirandized.

What about the current suspect? There are already indications that he's talking, although it's unclear how much. He has told investigators he acted alone.

We don't know whether he's been Mirandized yet, though it's certainly possible, and it's also very likely that he will be Mirandized soon enough. When more detail is known, we'll have a clearer sense of whether this case undermines the right's anti-Mirand attack line as badly as the Christmas Day case did.

Until then, all that can be said is that it's striking how quickly King and McCain (with others certain to follow) rushed to offer pre-emptive criticism of the administration's handling of the suspect -- a mere 12 hours after his arrest.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 4, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign policy and national security  
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King and McCain are American terrorists, because they have no regard for other citizens' onstitutional rights. Either the Constitution applies to all citizens or it applies to no citizens. No exceptions. Those who wish to disregard this point are terrorists; they wish to destroy our way of life.

Posted by: jkarlinsky | May 5, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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