Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay; he wants to meet them without preconditions. Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights. '' – Gov. Sarah Palin, September 3, 2008
The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the Obama Administration is concerned about Guantanamo detainees not being advised of their Miranda rights. The administration has launched a review of the individual detainee cases, aimed at determining who can be prosecuted in federal courts.
"Miranda is an issue — it is a potential issue in prosecution," said a senior Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the review is ongoing. "The purpose of the review is to see how much of an issue and to see in what cases it is possible to proceed."
So, now are troops are supposed to carry Miranda Cards in order to advise the enemy they have a right to an attorney? YGTBSM! Here is what one Milblogger over at BlackFive had to say about this:
It would be a galactically stupid idea…
As I mentioned, the fact that the Obama Administration would even consider something like this did not surprise me (as I am certain that there is a paltry few of them that even know what this form or warning is for), but for those from his administration who might peruse this site, let me drop some knowledge on you.
None of the items in my standard load plan either on my person or in my vehicle while cruising around my AO in Eastern Afghanistan included a Miranda card or any DA Form 3881s. Why you ask? Well, my concern was not that they get a fair trial at some far away detention facility or whether or not what they screamed at my interpreter while I was interrogating them would be admissible as evidence. My main concern was that any DA Form 3881's that I might carry would be taking up valuable space I could be putting to much better use; such as for more ammunition, more medical supplies or food and water. Those are items I would consider to be much higher on my priority list.
Not the least of the problems with even giving this warning would be getting my interpreter to both understand and be able to convey this particularly American Idea to the dirt bag bomb thrower, IED Merchant, Machine gun toting target that would be forming the text book sight picture in front of my M-4. I had problems getting them to convey simple military commands and directions sometimes.