McConnell: No Need for Miranda Rights for Terror Suspects

By Jonathan Blakely

May 10, 2010 2:02pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: A day after Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress to reexamine the requirements under which terror suspects must be read their Miranda rights, the Senate’s top Republican today said the Obama administration should now be going further with interrogations, without reading suspects their rights. Asked whether he’s convinced that all relevant information was gleaned from suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad before he was Mirandized, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on ABC News/Washington Post’s “Top Line”: “I hope so. But one thing I've learned — we've all learned a lot more about Miranda in the last few month — is it’s not critical to Mirandize a suspect, whether he's a citizen or a non-citizen. I mean if you have all the evidence you need to convict, there's no need to read them the Miranda rights. “What we need to do is put the emphasis on interrogation and not prosecution, whether it’s a citizen or a non-citizen. In one of these situations the single most important thing we can do is to interrogate and try and learn more about who put the individual up to it, and let prosecution take care of itself down the road. Interrogation is more important than prosecution in these situations, whether it’s a citizen or non-citizen.” Holder said on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday that Congress consider updating the existing legal framework, which he said requires law enforcement officials to inform suspects of their rights after asking about impending threats. “I think we have to give serious consideration to at least modifying that public safety exception” of Miranda warnings, Holder said.

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