Why wasn’t the suspect given Miranda Rights?

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.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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