Reading Miranda Rights to Captured Terrorists 'Most Outrageous Notion I Have Ever Heard,' Says Republican Senator

June 25, 2009 - 8:30 PM
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(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration’s policy of having the FBI read the Miranda rights to terrorists captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan is “outrageous,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told CNSNews.com.
 
“To me, this is the most outrageous notion I have ever heard,” said Inhofe.  “These people are terrorists, they don’t have rights, they don’t belong to a country that is identifiable.”
 

 
“The longer you do that, the more difficult you make it for us to pick up detainees that we need to interrogate because they’re afraid to do it if they have to read them their rights,” said Inhofe. “What are they gonna’ say? ‘Oh yeah, I want an attorney, you can’t talk to me.’ It’s just outrageous.”
 
The Department of Justice recently confirmed that the FBI is reading Miranda rights to certain terror suspects captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan. 
 
Miranda warnings were mandated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said domestic law enforcement agencies must inform criminal suspects arrested in the United States of their rights under the 5th Amendment.

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law," says the typical Miranda warning. "You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?"