For many, last week seemed unending. Bad news, followed by bad news, which finally ended in the arrest of the youngest of the Boston Marathon bombers, 19-year-old Dhorkhar Tsarnaev. Friday evening, after a long day of breaking news and live broadcasts, while at the movies with his family, Glenn got the message that the terrorist was in custody…followed by another note that he wasn't Mirandized. And while it may seem like he should have access to these rights remember, Dhorkhar Tsarnaev is a United States citizen.
It didn't take long after the manhunt for the two bombers started for progressives on both the left and the right to start making the case for more cameras and drones. People were jumping right off the Rand Paul bandwagon in the name of national security.
"Let's say an American citizen is out there," Glenn started, "do you have to have a warrant? Do you have to have anything? Apparently not. We have a citizen of the United States, and we're not going to Mirandize him. Well you'll make into a nightmare in court. It's going to be a nightmare in court. That's something we need to look at making sure we find -- you we don't tell people you don't have any rights because you're a super bad guy."
"There is a 'public safety' exemption for this," Stu noted.
The 'public safety' exemption is the one the authorities claimed to be using on Friday evening. The problem is, the Mayor of Boston along with other authorities were making public statements claiming that the threat was over. If there isn't a clear threat, should the government have this power to begin with?
"We all love to hate this guy — I do too. He's a despicable human being. He's a Muslim extremist. I have no love for this guy, but do not go down the path of saying, 'well, that guy is different,' because you could be that guy at some point in an out-of-control government," Glenn pointed out.
The other issue is that when an individual isn't Mirandized, anything they say is admissible in court. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence against the boy, it is possible that this could cause problems in civilian court.
Oddly, that is the point some in the MSM were making on Friday evening. That the courts may not need any further evidence to convict the terrorist, therefor this isn't a huge issue. This morning on radio, Glenn made the opposite case.
"What are you afraid of?" Glenn asked. This guy — we know. We all know — everybody but his aunt knows what this guy did. It's pretty darn clear. We had a massive manhunt. We have the pictures and everything else. What are we afraid of?"
Glenn went on to point out that letting the government be inconsistent on their application of our rights is extremely dangerous. The mainstream media, and even a few government figures, were quick to point to the right in their assumptions of who may have committed this act. "Right wing extremists" were at the top of the list before the real bombers were exposed.
"If you're a citizen, you have rights," Glenn said firmly."Look, there's a difference between a 'good citizen' and a dirt bag. But rights only matter when they're hard to uphold."
"Those rights still exist whether they read them to him or not, correct?" Stu asked.
"They do," Glenn answered back.
However, Pat pointed out that by making the exemption that they did, they're treating him as a non-citizen or enemy combatant. (Something that as of this afternoon as changed. The suspect will be tried in civilian court.)
But he is an American citizen. And because he was granted that citizenship, he is entitled to certain rights.
"I'm sorry, I think this guy is a despicable dirt bug but I'm sorry I will stand with anyone who will say what the government is doing is wrong," Glenn said.
"You have to be consistent. You have to be consistent and our rights have never mattered more."
**UPDATE: This afternoon the White House announced their plans to deal with the surviving terror suspect through the civilian court system. In a statement, Jay Carney told reporters, "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilians system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions." Get the full story at TheBlaze.