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U.S. citizens, when arrested or detained, have the right to remain silent. They have the right to an attorney. Law enforcement cannot, legally, force an American citizen to tell them anything. That's the law.....has been for quite awhile.
Why, then, do Great Warriors, like Senator John McCain.....call that American right, that American law..."a serious mistake?"
As McCain busies himself always putting "Country First".....it probably would behoove him to learn, or be honest about, you know, the "Country."
But I'm not holding my breath.
Here's what the maverick, who was one before he wasn't, had to say about giving the alleged Times Square would-be bomber, Faisal Shahzad, an American naturalized citizen,.....his American rights.....
"Obviously that would be a serious mistake until all the information is gathered," McCain said during an appearance on "Imus in the Morning" when asked whether the suspect, 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan [should be read his rights].
McCain is in a tough primary race down in Arizona with lunatic ex-radio-talker, J.D. Hayworth. Times is tough down in the desert. But, a mavericky, Warrior, like Johnny Mac, would never simply pander for votes,...now would he Sarah Palin? Not a Warrior who always puts "Country First."
So, McCain must REALLY believe that American citizens, in at least some cases, should be denied their rights.
How is that putting "Country First?"
Does John McCain, the guy who approved the choice of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential candidate in 2008, the guy who always puts "Country First"......does he not believe in the American system of law? Is McCain like George W. Bush? Does McCain also think that the Constitution is only a "goddamn piece of paper?"
Or is it that Great Warriors, like McCain, and pretend warriors, like W., are the only ones wise enough to know when American laws should be set aside and when they should be followed? Why that method of doing things would not be a government ruled by men instead of laws.....has yet to be explained.
Which leads me to the authoritarian problem in the GOP. Conservative rhetoric about Gitmo, torture, Miranda rights, enemy combatants, military commissions, eavesdropping on Americans, the Patriot Act, Islamic extremists in SuperMax prisons on...gasp...U.S. soil......is all cut from the same authoritarian political cloth.
The dynamic is meant to impress upon Americans the idea that when times are uncertain, when threats to the nation are existential, these conservative Republican warriors are more than willing to circumvent and disobey our laws to keep us safe. They are our daddy figures. Really tough guys.
As little children come to trust their daddies, so too, Republican leaders want their "children" to trust them.....even trust them to the point of willfully and premeditatively violating American laws and the Constitution.
This dynamic.....the one seen again in McCain's silly denial of the Times Square bomber's Miranda rights......doesn't keep anyone safe. It does just the opposite.....it endangers us further.
It's way past time for Repulican authoritarians, like McCain, Peter King (R-NY), and others, to shut the hell up over which American citizens have rights and which don't.