It’s on: Beck vs. O’Reilly over Miranda rights
posted at 9:50 pm on May 14, 2010 by Allahpundit
Via the Right Scoop. I’ve been googling around trying to find a plain answer to this question and came up short, so lawyers, please enlighten me. Isn’t it true that Miranda rights have nothing to do with citizenship? They stem from the Fifth Amendment privilege of self-incrimination, which reads, “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…” It applies to any person, not any citizen, who’s under suspicion by the law enforcement machinery of the United States; the fact that Shahzad is a U.S. citizen theoretically has nothing to do with the Miranda issues in the case. (It would, however, have plenty to do with whether he can be tried by a military tribunal.) In any case, Beck’s problem with denying Miranda rights to Shahzad seems to have less to do with concerns about obtaining actionable intelligence from terrorists than how the White House might exploit a Miranda loophole to grill people like, I guess, Glenn Beck. Advantage: O’Reilly.