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. Alex

    So now the Republicans even want US citizens to be deprived of this basic and standard legal requirement! Regardless of the alleged crime, aren't all citizens considered innocent until proven guilty and thus have access to the same legal procedures? What's next, mandatory goose-stepping, brown shirts and toothbrush moustaches ,,, "May I see your papers, please."

    May 4, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Stacie

    Let me try to understand the conservative thought process here. You want the government to leave you alone...unless you appear to be of Mexican decent, then you should have to show every person who asks your "papers" proving you are a citizen. You want the government to leave you alone...unless you are a woman. Decisions about your own body should be subject to government regulation. You want goverment to leave you alone...unless you need them to come to your rescue when a large corporation screws up royally and creates a huge oil spill headed for your beach.

    You want the government to respect your rights...unless you are a US citizen or Pakistani origin who is accused of terrorism, then you don't deserve basic rights.

    Listen, the guy already admitted he's guilty. This terrorist did that AFTER he was read his rights. We can follow our laws and protect our homeland!

    If you support the Arizona law, then you should support a law requiring EVERYONE in the US to show a birth certificate or passport every time you are near a police officer. There are illegal immigrants from Europe (white) you know!

    Unless you want the government to control when and how you men can get a woman pregnant, leave the difficult decisions regarding reproductive health alone!

    Finally, any anger about the oil spill should be directed solely at BP, Transocean and Halliburton!!! You all wanted free markets with less got it!

    May 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Gary

    Except for the fact that the Miranda Rights have been a law since 1968. By not reading him these rights you open up the first door for his appeal. Why is it that hundreds of terrorists were read their Miranda Rights under Dubya Bush and the right wing had no problem with it. If President Obama does the same the Republicans claim he is "jeopardizing" the safety of America. Get over yourselves Republicans. You can't play both sides of the fence. Take a stand and stick with it. You called John Kerry a "flip-flopper"........PUHLEASE!!!!

    May 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. jaykow

    Am I the only one that thinks there is something wrong with the statement;

    "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."

    I thought the first miranda right is the right to be silent???

    May 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Mary

    So according to Mr. Rubio, even though the guy is cooperating with the investigation and admitting to be part of the plot, it's not enough unless we can torture him, too. Shahzad is a US citizen. He is entitled to his rights under the constitution. Republicans seem to forget that we have home grown terrorists, too, and they will be tried in court under the same judicial process as any other citizen.

    May 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. M I Dasneves

    Did your hear someting? Oh, nevermind, it's just Thomas Jefferson & the other Founding Fathers "turning over in their graves."

    May 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Greg Smith

    Yeah, that's right. In order to defend our democracy we must suspend the rights and guarantees it affords its citizens. I sure hope the rest of you see the inherent problem with this. Our democracy either stands for something or it doesn't. I didn't stand up and defend this country to have nit-wits like this casually dismiss the tenents of our system of justice.

    May 4, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Dan Stewart

    Its absolutely amazing listening to Republicans talk. Do they not understand the hypocrisy that flows from their mouths? We all hear the squeals of Government over-reach and the never ending flow of insults directed at the President because of his Government expansion and "socialism" coming from these fools mouths. Yet despite this, here we have the same folks saying US CITIZENS should be rounded up and not given their CONSTITUTIONAL Miranda rights. You want to talk about over reach look at that statement and think what it means for a second.

    May 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Mike

    Exactly, these terrorists are not citizens of this country and do not deserve any fruits of previous generations labor.

    May 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. R. Williams

    Nice to know Republicans, especially John McCain who swore to uphold the Constitution as an officer in the military, no longer believe in rights in America. And these are the same people who constantly tell everyone about the Rule of Law in Arizona, but want to throw away those laws elsewhere.

    May 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Barbara Indepdent in NY

    Apparently the tea party backed Rubio dosen't believe in our Legal System.

    May 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. FM

    Who is this guy Rubio? As he taken over the place of the Queen of Alaska? I do not understand on what capacity is he talking from!!!

    May 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. James klimaski

    Just love those Republicans. Defending America's liberties and Constitutional rights, except when they are actually used. Maybe that's why Senator DeMint doesn't include the Bill of Rights as part of the Constitution in his Book – he doesn't believe in it, except for the Second Amendment.

    Just who are the real Americans? Definitely not those right-wing hypocrites.

    May 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    Today's Republican Party just can't possibly govern. It is simply impossible with their current neoconservative ideology that is totally anti-government as it is like asking an atheist to lead us in prayer. It is clearly seen in who speaks for the Republican Party: Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Rielly, Michael Steele,, the crazies, the extreme, the bazaar, the BSrs. Then we also have the pretending 'puppets': like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and so on, all eager, anxious and committed to serve the few who 'pull their strings'.

    Together, with the overt and covert support of Special Interests and the powerful, influential and extremely wealthy few who they serve, they stubbornly and arrogantly focus only on benefit for those few (less than five percent) and on giving the many (more than ninety percent) just apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to manipulate public opinion and to rationalize everything. They coerce and intimidate their own to force unity and squelch individual consciences. They offer nothing, nothing constructive, no answers and no cooperation, only criticisms and obstructions as they seek to sell their con and maintain advantage. Their mentality offers no conscience and without hesitation they will say anything, do whatever and then with an in-your-face arrogance rationalize all of it while moving on to their next self-serving effort. They are formidable but unconscionable and without responsible constraint.

    Their current history and the drastic costs incurred tell the story, yet they strive to return to 'more of the same', as if having had Bush-Cheney literally use their offices and America's resources in their self-serving and irresponsible pursuit of a private agenda to serve the few wasn't enough. If we sincerely don't like what happened, what we lost, being manipulated without their having any hesitation or guilt and we really want to see them change, then we have to firmly reject what they have become – 'puppets' for the very few and totally incapable of responsibly governing.

    May 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Justin

    rubio = idiot

    What is it with republicans these days? All American citizens have rights guaranteed by the Constitution; not just when republicans say they can have rights.

    And these idiots think they should be running the country? What a bunch of hypocritical morons.

    May 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. NC

    Rubio, McCain and others have no Law Enforcement training. They should leave the decision to the professionals. Home grown white terrorists are read their rights, stop grandstanding Rubio and McCain.

    May 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here comes another Republican who does not believe in the Miranda rights (unless he is being questioned in relationship to a criminal investigation). Hey Marco, what about those charges on your State Republican Party issued credit card? You gonna plead the 5th on them?

    May 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Jason C

    The last time I checked any U.S. citizen whether naturalized or not is entitled to the protections of the U.S. Constitution.

    I don't recall someone claiming Tim McVeigh was not entitled to his Miranda rights.

    May 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Jaison Biagini

    also miranda does no prevent you from accessing information!!! you can still question then if they want to talk to you or even if the want a lawyer you can still question them with a lawyer there. unless we somehow made new laws i don't know about he can refuse to answer without miranda. and if lets say we torture answer out of a US citizen and he gives up other US citizens, how do we actually put them on trial? tainted information, tainted evidence.

    it's funny that a man who is a teabagger, people who want to follow the constitution wants to trow out a few articles that are in the bill of right!!! you can't have it both ways. either we are a country who's laws and freedoms extend to all our citizen or we should change our system of government and right a new constitution.

    May 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. jbakaregit

    It's just one more reason why Rubio and other GOPers should not be in the Senate. They have absolutely no regard for the rule of law.

    Remember folk, under Bush torture was authorized, which is illegal.

    May 4, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Has Rubio ever read the Consttitution – or perhaps had it read to him?
    The very things we are trying to protect, he is dismissing.

    May 4, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    Why is the Republicans so interested in denying rights lately. Last Year they kept holding the constitution up
    This year they want to shred it

    May 4, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Dustin

    The Republican answer to everything is spit on the Constitution at all costs.

    May 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Independant Thinker

    First: He makes these kinds of judgements based on what? I really don't think he's "in the loop" when it comes to what may or may not have happened here. He's after votes....nothing else.

    Second: If he had watched the press conference this morning he would know that the supect was not Mirandized until AFTER he admitted his part and also provided more info both before and after.
    This was stated by the Attourney General AND the spokesperson for the FBI.

    People like Rubio, McCain and others (Monday Morning Quarterbacks) need to be quiet until they know all the facts and people like Rubio are in no position to even GET the facts.

    May 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Bman

    Who is this Rubio idiot? Why does anyone care what he says? He looks like a terrorist to me. Take him to Gitmo and waterboard him.

    May 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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