Apparently Mr.Dazhokhar Tsarnaev (one of the Boston marathon bombers) wasn’t read his rights when he was caught after allegedly planting bombs at the Boston marathon and blowing them up. After chasing him he was caught hiding in a boat. He suffered wounds in his hand, neck, head and had lost a lot of blood, it was reported that he gave some resistance at the time of his arrest. Yet at the time he wasn’t read his Miranda Rights. Some have argued that he wasn’t conscience at the time, so they couldn’t read him his rights? But the first police reports said he gave some resistance when they apprehended him.
According to the Justice department; they sighted a public safety exception to why he wasn’t read his rights.
Still others would argue that if he is a citizen (He was as of 9/11/2012) those rights are only pertaining to self-incrimination, and with the supposed mountain of evidence that they have collected against him they didn’t need his confection, just his cooperation in seeing if there were other co-conspirators?
Don’t get me wrong! This guy is a dirt bag and a terrorist. But we shouldn’t allow our self’s to go down that road of placing some arbitrarily degrees to any crimes against society, as all of the proof needed to give someone their due, and or rights? We after all are a nation of laws, not a pull a law out of a hat to then apply Willy Nelly to some horrific crimes.
Sen. Lindesy Graham (R) tweeted “The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to “remain silent.” then he went on with another tweet. “If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.” Doesn’t (R) Lindesy Graham understand this is an American citizen?
Lindsey Graham presents the worst response to Boston so far, elected official edition http://www.salon.com/2013/04/19/lindsey_graham_presents_the_worst_response_to_boston_so_far_elected_official_edition/ via @Salon
Not three months ago (R-Ky) Rand Paul during his filibuster brought out some concerns of how our government may act when they feel threatened. He felt that laws and the people’s rights may be cast aside at some point. He went on to make some ridiculous assumptions, to make a point, and then questioned them. With Lindsey Graham’s tweets it seems all too clear those in power when it comes to, push to shove, will trample the people’s rights and the constitution without question. All that really matters is the trigger.
If society allows our government to act without enforcing every aspect of our legal justice system to every act of crime, no matter how large, or small, or how evil, or horrendous it is. Then why do we expect any of those same rights for ourselves?
The point I’m trying to make is… We shouldn’t have dirt bag rules without a trial, and we shouldn’t allow any of our officials to apply their standards to what is considered to be a dirt bag act. In effect, they would then become judge, jury, and executioner in determining the dirt bag standards. Those rights that we all enjoy as citizens are also those same limiting powers of our government and their agencies. We need limits that will be all limiting to the government, because it is what will preserve those rights and our legal justice system all at the same time. Just how many rights, and how much blind justice do you think you might have if the government applies they’re own definitions, and standards to any of the people’s actions (Good, bad, or indifferent)? How long will it take to be considered a dirt bag for complaining about government over reach of their powers?
Be careful what you wish for.
Ps. News update: some 4 hours later the police officers read Mr.Dazhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda Rights. Apparently he was shot in the neck and unable to talk. But has improved in his condition and now was able to understand those rights.