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Is Miranda Coming to the Battlefield?

Posted By Conn Carroll On July 28, 2008 @ 4:17 pm In Security | Comments Disabled

During Salim Hamdan’s U.S. military commission trial last week, defense lawyers pressed FBI agent’s on whether or not Hamdan (who has been accused of being Osama bin Laden’s driver) was ever read a Miranda warning (the Miranda v. Arizona U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1966, which held that potential criminal suspects in custody must be informed of rights to an attorney and against self-incrimination). Hamdan’s lawyer told Reuters [1] he intended to raise “significant new evidence” regarding Hamdan’s treatment in interrogations that could reopen the issue of whether evidence can be used against him.

Also last week, Rasmussen Reports [2] concluded a poll showing 71 percent of Americans believe terrorism suspects should not be given the same rights U.S. citizens have in court. Only 18 percent think they should.


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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN2230096620080724?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

[2] Rasmussen Reports: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/general_current_events/54_back_military_tribunals_for_terrorists_over_u_s_courts

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