What is haunting is not just the facility with which Times Square bomb plan was carried out, but the lingering image of a good looking, clean-shaven, smiling young man in sunglasses beaming as he's being hauled off in a police car.
It was gratifying to see several news accounts yesterday revealing that the FBI finally relied on the "public safety exception" to the Miranda rule to interview the so-called Times Square attempted bomber suspect, Faisal Shahzad.
McCain doesn't seem to know that Mirandizing criminal suspects is something that we do here in America. Especially in instances where the goal is to make the suspect "face charges" that potentially result in a "death sentence."
Faisal Shahzad entered a plea of "guilty" today in a federal courthouse in Manhattan. Despite Liz Cheney's warnings about bringing suspected terrorists to a U.S. courthouse, the proceeding was orderly, calm and peaceful.
The current Whistleblower Protection Act is a fraud that, ironically, is the primary reason would-be whistleblowers remain silent observers. Politicians need to stop stalling the restoration of a credible WPA. Delays could be deadly for Americans.
Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.
Even as Holder insisted that Miranda rights have been effective tools for fighting terrorism, he repeated his recent statement that he wants to work with Congress to "clarify" and "modernize" the public safety exception.
Propaganda of modern-day myths depicting angels fighting alongside "holy warriors" is being used to indoctrinate a minority of young disenfranchised Muslims with flights of fantasy and the glories of jihad.