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Liz Cheney criticizes administration for its ‘first instinct’ to Mirandize Time Square suspect.

By Matt Duss on May 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

"Liz Cheney criticizes administration for its ‘first instinct’ to Mirandize Time Square suspect."

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This morning, Liz Cheney criticized the Obama administration’s handling of attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad as “insufficient.” Speaking on the Fox News Sunday’s panel, Cheney insisted that the administration’s “first instinct is to inform him [Shahzad] that he’s got the right to remain silent”:

CHENEY: When the administration captures a terrorist and their first instinct is to inform him that he’s got the right to remain silent, that is exactly the wrong way to win this war. When we capture a terrorist, our first instinct has got to be: How do we understand the networks to which this terrorist is connected? How do we understand where he was trained? How do we understand who the leadership is? The administration is approaching this, and again this morning you had John Brennan saying, “Well, this was one-off because he drove the truck alone.” That doesn’t even make sense, it’s inexplicable. But if you aren’t willing to acknowledge that you’re facing a committed network of terrorists as your enemies, and that it’s radical jihadist Islam, then your response to that is gonna be, by definition, insufficient time and time again.

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In reality, Faisal Shahzad was questioned before being Mirandized. When Faisal Shahzad was apprehended 53 hours after having parked his vehicle in Times Square, the arresting agents invoked the “security exception” in order to immediately question Shahzad about imminent threats before informing him of his right to remain silent — a right he is legally entitled to as an American citizen.

Asked on Friday whether Mirandizing Shahzad had impeded the ongoing investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “No, it did not. Reading suspects their Miranda warnings has not deterred them from speaking to investigators, and Mr. Shahzad is, in fact, continuing to cooperate with us.” But, in Liz Cheney’s world, this represents a failure.

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