President Barack Obama is under fire over claims that the Christmas Day underwear bomber was \”singing like a canary\” until he was treated as an ordinary criminal and advised of his right to silence.
The complaint is that when the government appointed lawyer advised him of his right to silence then he went silent.
Is he a suspected criminal? Yes.
Do suspected criminals have the right to silence? Yes.
So as a suspected criminal he has the right to silence then.
And don\’t forget the reason this exists: no, not to protect the guilty. It\’s to protect the rest of us from being accused by the malevolent and then wibbling something stupid that allows a false conviction to be pinned on us.
And yes, he gets those same protections you or I do. Because that\’s what the rule of law says, that we all have exactly the same status in the eyes of the law.
Sure, you can make exceptions to this but you\’d better understand that when you do you\’re giving up one of the things that makes our modern society unique: that equality before the law that permits the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges. And the poor as well as the rich to have a fair trial.
As you might expect, the complaint seems to be coming from the worst part of the old Bush Administration, the one that says we can do anything in the name of \”security\”.
Folks, there\’s no point in fighting those who would destroy our way of life by destroying our way of life.