Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No Terrorists Held at Guantanamo Read Their Miranda Rights; Trying Them In Civilian Criminal Court Same As Setting Them Free

Only 62 prisoners returned to a life of terror.

With all due respect, Mr. President, the Constitution DOES NOT guarantee ANYTHING for enemy combatants!

The enemy combatant Radical Islamist terrorists who killed thousands of Americans were never read their Miranda rights on the battlefield.

As such, trying them in a civilian court in the United State, would, um... well, basically set them free.

The LA Times reports:

Reporting from Washington -- Accused in a 2002 grenade blast that wounded two U.S. soldiers near an Afghan market, Mohammed Jawad was sent as a youth to Guantanamo Bay. Now, under orders by President Obama, he could one day be among detainees whose fate is finally decided by a U.S. court.

But in a potential problem, Pentagon officials note that most of the evidence against Jawad comes from his own admissions. And neither he nor any other detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was ever told about their rights against self-incrimination under U.S. law.

The Miranda warning, a fixture of American jurisprudence and staple of television cop shows, may also be one of a series of constructional hurdles standing between Obama's order to close the island prison and court trials on the mainland.

A procession of similar challenges -- secret evidence, information from foreign spy services and coerced statements -- also could spell trouble for prosecutors.

Maybe the President should have thought this through a little more?

"Miranda is an issue -- it is a potential issue in prosecution," said a senior Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the review is ongoing. "The purpose of the review is to see how much of an issue and to see in what cases it is possible to proceed."

This is why Dick Cheney said what he said.

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