Rep. Grayson on Suspect’s Rights: GOP Trying ‘to Shred the Constitution’

By Jonathan Blakely

May 5, 2010 1:02pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Amid a spirited debate on what rights should be afforded to suspected terrorists, Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson today blasted back at Republicans who are suggesting the Obama administration should not have read Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights. “Look, for eight years the Republicans tried to shred the constitution when they were in charge. You'd think they would give up on it when they were no longer in charge, but I guess they're still beating that old horse,” Grayson, D-Fla., said on ABC’s “Top Line” today. “The Fourth Amendment says what it says; it's not going to change any time soon. I wish the Republicans would show some more respect for it,” he added. Some Republicans have sought to make a political issue out of the administration’s handling of Shahzad. According to the Justice Department, Shahzad — a US citizen — was read his Miranda rights yesterday after an initial interrogation, and chose to waive his right to remain silent.
Hours after Shahzad’s arrest early yesterday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said: “Don't give this guy his Miranda rights until we find out what it's all about.”

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