Sunday, April 21, 2013
According to a rule the Justice Department wrote for the FBI—without the oversight of any court—called the “public safety exception.” the surviving suspect of the recent Boston Bombing can be held and questioned with out having been read his Miranda rights. This is a rule that troubles me, not because of the scary Big Brother idea of how this rule can be applied. That is pretty evident with out going too much into it. what scares me is that it is we are bending one of the core ideals of what it means to be a citizen in this country. Everyone should be treated equally under the law. This also includes how laws are applied. We can not say that in this case a person doesn't get this right, or that since they did this they this rights do not apply to them. These are RIGHTS not privileges that can be given and taken away based on the nature of how one behaves. We have a duty, to treat every person suspected of a crime under the same laws of everyone else. We are not coddling suspects, in this case we are insuring that they are treated according to the laws and values that we hold dear. This is not something that diminishes us, it does not make us appear weak. It shows that we as a nation can rise above fear and anger, and appeal to the better angels of our nature. and ensure that will always keep and abide by the values of our country. A value that caves under pressure was never a value, it was at best a whim, or an idea we had, I "wouldn't it be nice if." and we if we are to continue to grow and flourish as a nation we need to have more then whims to guide us.