Miranda rights and alleged Times Square bomber: questions linger
Faisal Shahzad was read his Miranda rights on Tuesday, say US officials, who declined to say exactly when. The alleged Times Square bomber has continued talking to investigators after advised of his right to remain silent and to have an attorney present, they say.
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Republicans criticized the move as potentially endangering US lives by failing to press for actionable intelligence that might help thwart ongoing Al Qaeda plots. Many Republicans favor the Bush administration’s approach of turning terror suspects over to the US military for open-ended detention and interrogation.Skip to next paragraph
Attorney General Holder has emphasized in testimony before Congress that Miranda warnings do not necessarily result in a suspect ending all cooperation. He has said that the suspected Christmas Day bomber has since resumed cooperating and providing information to US officials.
Holder was asked whether Saturday’s attempted bombing in Midtown Manhattan might make him reluctant to conduct the criminal trial of suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. Holder has proposed a New York trial for Mr. Mohammed, but city officials are opposed to it.
“Unfortunately, New York and Washington, D.C., remain targets of people who would do this nation harm. And regardless of where a particular trial is, where a particular event is going to occur, I think that is going to remain true,” Holder said.
The attorney general said New York was still under consideration as a potential trial venue. “We are considering a number of options with regard to where that trial might be held. And I’ll leave it at that,” he said.
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