Police State Interrogations: Obama Rolls Back
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nothing new to this administration or the last to flush the US Constitution
down the toilet. Terrorism, it seems, is reason enough. In the latest
attack on individual freedoms and Constitutional protections we
see further chipping away of the 5th amendment as the Obama administration
adopts a new policy which essentially waives Miranda rights if interrogators
believe the information is related to terrorism and must be acquired
in a timely fashion:
Bureau of Investigation memorandum reviewed by The Wall Street
Journal says the policy applies to exceptional cases
where investigators conclude that continued unwarned interrogation
is necessary to collect valuable and timely intelligence not related
to any immediate threat. Such action would need prior approval
from FBI supervisors and Justice Department lawyers, according
to the memo, which was issued in December but not made public.
Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, said the memo ensures
that law enforcement has the ability to question suspected
terrorists without immediately providing Miranda warnings when
the interrogation is reasonably prompted by immediate concern
for the safety of the public or the agents. He said the
threat posed by terrorist organizations and the nature of their
attacks which can include multiple accomplices and interconnected
plots creates fundamentally different public safety concerns
than traditional criminal cases.
dangers are, of course, that this new policy will be
turned against the American people on a wholesale basis. Its
important to note, however, that this new policy is just that, a
policy it is not legislation and the Miranda protections
have not been eliminated. This new policy is to be used only in
exceptional cases related to terror suspects, and information acquired
in instances where the Miranda warning was not given to suspects
remains inadmissible in court.
is, that over the last 10 years the definition of what is or is
not a terrorist has evolved. In 2002, a terrorist was a foreigner
who attacked US interest at home or abroad. Today, by all accounts,
the meaning of terrorist has
broadened significantly, with various levels of terrorist activities.
If youre a survivalist type, fly a Gadsden flag, or engage
in your First Amendment right of free speech through protest, for
example, you could very well be considered a low-level terror suspect.
It may be hard
to believe but its true. The infamous leaked MIAC report highlights
types of individuals as being potential threats, a.k.a. domestic
This is where
the real issues with the rolling back of Miranda warnings arises.
While inadmissible in court for traditional crimes, under the Patriot
Act evidence doesnt matter. The very fact that ones
Miranda warnings are waived suggests in and of itself that you are
deemed a threat to public safety under terrorism definitions. This
means that it is not only possible, but likely, as has been the
case with terror suspects in the past, that those who have their
Miranda rights waived by investigators can be held indefinitely
without trial or evidence under U.S. anti-terrorism
any activity deemed to be a threat to the public welfare could be
deemed an exceptional case under this new policy, potentially
leading to charges being filed not under criminal law, but terror
law. Its an easy way out for those law enforcement / anti-terror
agencies that would question a suspect without the benefit of advising
them of their Miranda rights. If a mistake is made by law enforcement
and prosecutors, no problem, because they can detain, try, judge
and punish in secret courts, where Constitutional protections dont
in this new Miranda Rights roll back is shocking, especially when
you consider that a week after this policy shift announcement the
Obama administration was generating buzz regarding federal
crack downs on civil rights abuses by big city police forces:
In a marked
shift from the Bush administration, President Obamas Justice
Department is aggressively investigating several big urban police
departments for systematic civil rights abuses such as harassment
of racial minorities, false arrests, and excessive use of force.
activists and attorneys on the ground in several cities where
the DOJ has dispatched civil rights investigators welcomed the
shift. To progressives disappointed by Eric Holders Justice
Department on key issues like the failure to investigate Bush-era
torture and the prosecution of whistle-blowers, recent actions
by the DOJs Civil Rights Division are a bright spot.
the past few months, the Civil Rights Division has announced pattern
and practice investigations in Newark, New Jersey and Seattle.
Its also conducting a preliminary investigation of the Denver
Police Department, and all this is on top of a high-profile push
to reform the notorious New Orleans Police Department as
well as criminal prosecutions of several New Orleans officers.
clear that law enforcement agencies have been progressively overstepping
their bounds on various civil rights issues, it is ironic that the
Obama administration would aggressively pursue civil rights violations
on a local and State level considering that not a week earlier that
very same administration directly attacked one of the most basic
American freedoms: The right to remain silent.
bizarro world, indeed.
from SHTF Plan.
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small business owner and independent investor.
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