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Civil liberties shocker!

Obama “open” to changes in the Miranda rights

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A top White House advisor said that President Obama is “open” to Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for a new law allowing interrogators to question terrorism suspects for lengthy periods without informing them of their rights. In an interview on CNN, David Axelrod said the president was willing to look at changing the Miranda rule, which generally bans prosecutors from using as evidence statements made by suspects in custody before they have been told that they have a right to remain silent and to consult a lawyer. The idea, which has drawn fire from civil libertarian groups, and even Obama himself, comes at a time when the Administration has been under fire for treating some terrorism suspects—including United States citizens arrested on United States soil—as criminal defendants rather than as military detainees under wartime rules.

New York Times

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