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Miranda is Obama’s latest victim – Glenn Greenwald

The number of instances in which Obama has violently breached his own alleged principles when it comes to the War on Terror and the rule of law are too numerous to chronicle in one place. Suffice to say, it is no longer provocative or controversial when someone like Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin writes, as he did the other day, that Obama “has more or less systematically adopted policies consistent with the second term of the George W. Bush Administration.” No rational person can argue that or even tries to any longer. It’s just a banal expression of indisputable fact.

Today, the Obama DOJ unveiled the latest — and one of the most significant — examples of its eagerness to assault the very legal values Obama vowed to protect. The Wall Street Journal reports that “new rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.” The only previous exception to the 45-year-old Miranda requirement that someone in custody be apprised of their rights occurred in 1984, when the Rehnquist-led right-wing faction of the Supreme Court allowed delay “only in cases of an imminent safety threat,” but these new rules promulgated by the Obama DOJ “give interrogators more latitude and flexibility to define what counts as an appropriate circumstance to waive Miranda rights.”

via Miranda is Obama’s latest victim – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

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  1. T’was the republican party lead by Bush whom
    brought the nation to its knees / T’was Bush as
    henchmen whom abandoned international law
    leading to the illegal invasion of nations / death
    as suffering / destruction brought unto millions.

    T’was Bush as his henchmen whom removed
    banking regulation / which preventing banking
    fraud. // Banking regulations removed opened
    an banking system to appalling levels of fraud
    in bringing the USA to its knees in bankruptcy
    millions made unemployed many having lost
    a lifes savings. / Many being made homeless.

    WHY DID THEY DO SUCH ?? YOU MAY ASK.
    Answer/ in knowing they were to be removed
    from from government /// they used a burn &
    destroy policy agin their own nation / people.

    Thus in coming to government / democrats
    left with a appalling mess in every govt dept
    the situation so bad t’woud take 10 to 15yrs
    before they could /even start putting matters
    right / restoring international law / in coming
    to terms in a healing process with the many nations republicans gave death destruction.

    The point being BARACK the democrats left
    in a appalling situation / in dealing with that
    which not of their doing. / Thus it should not
    be that BARACK as democrats be to blame
    for the present situation /media as people’s
    should be more understanding/ toward this
    matter // The treatment of BARACK is unfair
    where he being portrayed asThe Evil Villain.

    Of course BARACK /democrats should be
    judged / yet an judgement thats balanced
    such attitude / far more the true american
    where the judgement /also from the heart.

    BARACK & Democrats deserve another
    term in office / as deserve a fair playing
    field / where judgement having a clarity
    as based on reality / not political fiction.

    • thanks for the poetry.

      Unfortunately, the current president is just as culpable as the last. as for the mess we are in financially blame Clinton and the repeal of Glass-Stegal. They all had a hand in it. Neither Obama or the other neoliberal running for president deserve election in 2012.

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