Saturday, December 17, 2005

Miranda for al-Qaeda

Andrew McCarthy at NRO argues that the McCain-al Qaeda Treaty is potentially an absolute debacle. Why?

It can be interpreted to provide Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to enemy combatants as well as disallow the use of any statements if the detainees were not apprised of their Miranda rights when captured.

Surely not true? Read the whole piece. McCarthy is a former Assistant US Attorney who knows what he's talking about.

This idiot amendment will not improve our image either. If I were a detainee (who's been trained to do so) I would allege torture even more just to show how hypocritical the U.S. government can be. There's no benefit really and sets the stage for a PR disaster down the road.

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