May 4th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Rubio: Miranda rights could hamper terror investigations

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio spoke out Tuesday against the Mirandization of Faisal Shahzad."]Washington (CNN) - Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio questioned Tuesday whether Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in Saturday's botched Times Square car bombing, should have been read his Miranda rights by officials following his arrest.

"If this individual has information that could help us prevent future attacks and loss of life, nothing should stand in the way of that, including Miranda," Rubio told reporters in Washington, where he was visiting for a series of finance-related events.

His remarks mirrored criticism by fellow Republicans like Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Rep. Pete King, R-New York, both of whom said Tuesday that law enforcement officials should have interrogated the suspect before reading him the rights.

Shahzad is an American citizen. FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the suspect was questioned before and after having his Miranda rights read to him.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled an attempted terrorist attack.

Rubio argued that the priority for federal officials in terrorism cases should be intelligence gathering in order to prevent future attacks.

Asked if Shahzad should have been read his Miranda rights, Rubio answered: "It all depends on how they are going to try him."

"After 9/11, the primary goal of our war on terror has been to prevent future attacks, not just to punish terrorists, but to prevent future attacks," he said. "And part of the problem with Miranda is that it prevents you from accessing information."

Filed under: 2010 • Marco Rubio • Terrorism
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Good to see Mr. Rubio is willing to violate the constitution and has not even been elected yet.

    May 4, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. rdepontb

    Even the legal reporters on Fox News said they got the guy quickly, got a ton of information which even led to overseas arrests already...Rubio and McCain and Co need to learn when to say "Let's wait for the facts to come out...this isn't the time to debate this issue here". There's nothing wrong with saying, "I don't have all the facts, let's wait and see"-in fact, it shows a bit of maturity.

    May 4, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    And that folks is the difference between Neo Conservatives and Libertarians. Neo Conservatives want a police state where the government has the power to trample your right to individual Liberty.
    And do you think the Liberals are thinking better about this? I haven't seen them repeal the patriot act yet when they have held the power to do so for the last three years.
    Both the Democrats and the Republicans want Big Government that has the power and control over the people.
    Libertarians they want the Government under the control of the People!

    May 4, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Cera Abreu

    Miranda rights is a tricky issue when referring to an American Citizen.

    Now that it is confirmed the terrorist is a registered DEMOCRAT in Connecticut, can CNN report how much he donated to Obama or other democrats?

    May 4, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Another Republican jabbering about freedom while wanting to gut the constitution.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is conservative.

    What a strange creepy bunch of losers that want to throw away our great rights for a moment's illusion of security.

    May 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. JohnInAustin

    Yep, another up and coming Republican to trample on the Bill of Rights!!! Remind you of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Nixon – the list goes on. The purported idiot bomber was a naturalized citizen!! Therefore, he has the same constitutional rights as those of us born in this country. I don't like it as much as you do, or anyone else, but the law is the law!!

    May 4, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why in hell are these people giving their opinions on what was and what wasn't done during the arrest of this magot. These politicians should keep their hand off this situation and let our justice department handle this case. In other words shut the blank up.

    May 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Michael

    What it comes down to is whether you believe that good is a greater force than evil.
    If good triumphs in the end, then it behooves us to act like civilized people no matter if that makes it more difficult or not – because that is our way. We will emerge victorious and unstained by the savagery of our enemies. This is the America I believe in.
    The alternative is to buy into the idea that you can only defeat evil by becoming evil yourself – and in that case we have already lost.
    There are Americans who would have us act like the Taliban, although they believe those people are evil. These Americans are psychological victims of terror. They have lost. They must get help and stop poisoning the air that feeds the flame of freedom.

    May 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Libertarian

    Ironic that the GOP says Obama is subverting the Constitution. First, Bush passed the Patriot Act and now they are pushing to repeal the Miranda act. Isn't the right to privacy and "due process" the two BIGGEST articles of the Constitution???

    So who gets to pick the people that will and will not get Miranda? And how will we know they use this power properly?? If a US Citizen is pulled over and the police "believe" he has information, we may never hear from that person again.

    These GOP sounds more like the Nazi party than ANYTHING coming out of the Dems right now. Remember, Hitler came to power by creating an uprising against Immigrants and instilling fear in the public.

    May 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Steph

    The guy is a US citizen. As a US citizen myself, I expect that every single one of us would be read our Miranda rights when arrested. Plain and simple.

    The guy is already talking so what's wrong with following the law?

    May 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Peggy - TX

    Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio is just reiterrerating what ever sound byte generated from the twisted logic of anti-Obama pundants.

    Before opening your mouth Rubio, maybe you should first consult with experts who actually know something about the subject.

    You sound like an idoit – want-a-beee poilitician that knows nothing, stands for nothing, just riding the wave of the anti-Obama sentiment.

    I predict that a year from now, we will not even remember who pretty boy Rubio is, let alone what he stands for.

    May 4, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Kevin B.

    So now the GOP doesn't beleive we shouldn't even read miranda rights to american citizens ??? Thee folks will do anything to politicize any event.

    The one fact that can not be denied is that the largest terrorist attack to ever occur on our soil, happened under the GOP's watch.

    Try and spin that.............

    May 4, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. aaron in minneapolis

    Wait, what's this, another republican who wants to take away our rights and our freedoms? Color me completely unshocked. In this country Mr. Rubio we are innocent until proven guilty. And that means we have our Miranda rights read to us. If you capture this dirtball in Dubai you can do whatever you want. Here in the United States we have laws.

    May 4, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Beverly- NYC

    Are we advocating waterboarding US citizens now, or just the ones who look foreign? Where was McCain's & Rubio's outrage on the Michigan militia members, they are terrorists too as far as I'm concerned. I guess if you're named Jim Bob, not Abdullah, wear a baseball cap instead of a turban you get a pass.

    May 4, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Bob

    If he was a foreign national I would completely agree. However, he happens to be a US citizen!

    May 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Not Republican

    Perfect. The GOP is in agreement. Suspend Miranda rights for anybody 'suspected' of being a terrorist.

    In my view, this makes Republicans a threat to a primary component of our constitution, and a threat to every US citizen. Rubio and the others may one day find themselves with the short end of the stick (i.e. victims of an unjust system they're trying to procure). Why, I swear, Rubio looks just like a terrorist I saw on t.v. We should ship him to Guantanamo before he has a chance to offer a defense.

    This is Dick Cheney's world. Cold, cruel, and wrong most of the time.

    May 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Chipster

    It's so true, Rubio, that silly little U. S. Constitution and all of those annoying Articles and Amendments that protect people from government abuse are really inconvenient, aren't they? If we could just burn that thing and allow the government to detain anyone it wants, torture them until they say what it wants to hear, invade their privacy and personal communications without all that judicial review – you know, that stuff that requires actual due process – it would just be so much quicker and easier to lock up anyone we don't like – I mean, anyone we suspect to be guilty.

    You'd really love it and do you know why? Because you assume that no one would come for you!

    Thanks, Mr. Rubio, but no thanks! I'll keep the U.S. Constitution and suggest you pack your toys and go away.

    May 4, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Jaison Biagini

    if he is an american citiizen he should be read his rights. timothy mcvee was read his rights. so you only have rights if you're a white terrorist?? these republicans are stupid! they work in government but don't know the law??

    May 4, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Bob in PA

    In this case, the man held US Citizenship, yes he should have been given Miranda rights.

    May 4, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    What happened to the constitution? What is wrong with these "Tea Party" candidates? They are just neocon nut jobs.

    May 4, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Felonious Monk

    Let me see if I understand this correctly:
    Rubio, a Senate candidate, wants to take away an American Citizens Miranda Rights!
    Is there anyone out there who feels it necessary to give up their rights in order to fight terrorism? If so, try to explain why.

    If they are going to try him, wouldn't not reading him his rights allow the case to be thrown out on a technicallity? Correct me if I am wrong, but haven't cases been thrown out previously when Miranda rights have been ignored?

    Also, just how does the Miranda Rights prevent accessing information?
    Scare tactics and confusion as Normal, kind of a conservative snafu.

    May 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It angers me that politicians seize what could have resulted in a loss of lives, not theirs, and use this as a political tool. There is no room in terrorist threats for building a political platform, we've seen this in the past in Giuliani and now Rubio, enough is enough, let those in Washington do their job without this kind of should have, could have none sense.

    May 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. stephen pagnozzi

    here's another dude who's got his head in the eighteenth century. I believe in coming down hard on suspected terrorists, but guess what, Miranda rights or no Miranda rights, it's not going to make one iota of difference in an individuals way of handling questioning. Most of these nuts would rather face Allah than give up information. The US, I don't believe, has gotten more out of these suspects either during Bush's era, or Obama's. So basically it's all academic!

    May 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Chris

    Terrorist or not, the man is an American citizen. We have inalienable rights. Read the man his rights. There is no justification not to.

    May 4, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. tffl

    Aren't we in Florida lucky – the front-runner candidate to be our next Senator considers the Constitution and the Supreme Court unnecessary irritants on his way to torture citizens who he thinks have information he wants...

    May 4, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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