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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wounded In Serious Condition, Will Get "Public Safety" Exception To Miranda

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The nightly developments continue as we learn next that Tsarnaev is in serious (or critical according to Bloomberg) condition in the hospital, with a gunshot wound to the neck and leg, and that perhaps just as importantly, he will not get his Miranda warning, instead the FBI is overruling due process and using the "public safety" exception instead.

The wound speak for themselves. Those wishing to learn in what circumstances the Miranda Rights can be overruled, read on.

From the FBI:

The "Public Safety" Exception to Miranda

After 44 years, the Miranda decision stands as a monolith in police procedure.1 Its requirements are so well known that the Supreme Court remarked, "Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture."2 And, although the Supreme Court has clarified and refined Miranda over the years, its central requirements are clear.3 Whenever the prosecution seeks in its direct case to introduce a statement made by a suspect while in custody and in response to interrogation, it must prove that the subject was warned of specific rights and voluntarily waived those rights.4 The penalty imposed on the prosecution for failing to prove that the Miranda procedures were properly followed is harsh. While some secondary and limited uses of statements obtained in violation of Miranda are permitted, such statements are presumed to be coerced and cannot be introduced by the prosecution in its direct case.5

The strength of the Miranda decision is its clarity in its nearly unwavering protection of a suspect's Fifth Amendment protection against selfincrimination. The commitment to this rule is so strong that the Supreme Court has recognized only one exception to the Miranda rule—the "public safety" exception—which permits law enforcement to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation and allows the government to introduce the statement as direct evidence.

Recent and well-publicized events, including the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 235 near Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009, and the attempted bombing in New York City's Times Square in May 2010, highlight the importance of this exception.6 Those current events, occurring in a time of heightened vigilance against terrorist acts, place a spotlight on this law enforcement tool, which, although 26 years old, may play a vital role in protecting public safety while also permitting statements obtained under this exception to be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution. In brief, and as discussed in this article, police officers confronting situations that create a danger to themselves or others may ask questions designed to neutralize the threat without first providing a warning of rights. This article discusses the origins of the public safety exception and provides guidance for law enforcement officers confronted with an emergency that may require interrogating a suspect held in custody about an imminent threat to public safety without providing Miranda warnings.


The origin of the public safety exception to Miranda, the case of New York v. Quarles, began in the early morning hours of September 11, 1980. While on routine patrol in Queens, New York, two New York City police officers were approached by a young woman who told them that she had just been raped. She described the assailant as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a leather jacket with "Big Ben" printed in yellow letters on the back. The woman told the officers that the man had just entered a nearby supermarket and that he was carrying a gun.

The officers drove to the supermarket, and one entered the store while the other radioed for assistance. A man matching the description was near a checkout counter, but upon seeing the officer, ran to the back of the store. The officer pursued the subject, but lost sight of him for several seconds as the individual turned a corner at the end of an aisle. Upon finding the subject, the officer ordered him to stop and to put his hands over his head. As backup personnel arrived, the officer frisked the man and discovered he was wearing an empty shoulder holster. After handcuffing him, the officer asked where the gun was. The man gestured toward empty milk cartons and said, "The gun is over there." The officer found and removed a loaded handgun from a carton, formally placed the man under arrest, and then read the Miranda rights to him. The man waived his rights and answered questions about the ownership of the gun and where it was purchased.7

The state of New York charged the man, identified as Benjamin Quarles, for criminal possession of a weapon.8 The trial court excluded the statement "The gun is over there," as well as the handgun, on the grounds that the officer did not give Quarles the warnings required by Miranda v. Arizona. 9 After an appellate court affirmed the decision, the case was appealed to the New York State Court of Appeals.

The New York Court of Appeals upheld the trial court decision by a 4 to 3 vote.10 According to the New York Court of Appeals, because Quarles responded "to the police interrogation while he was in custody, [and] before he had been given the preinterrogation warnings…," the lower courts properly suppressed the statement and the gun.11 The court refused to recognize an emergency exception to Miranda and noted that even if there were such an exception, there was "no evidence in the record before us that there were exigent circumstances posing a risk to the public safety or that the police interrogation was prompted by such concern."12 In dissent, Judge Watchler believed that there was a public safety exception to Miranda and that the facts presented such a situation. Judge Watchler noted that "Miranda was never intended to enable a criminal defendant to thwart official attempts to protect the general public against an imminent, immediate and grave risk of serious physical harm reasonably perceived."13 He also believed there was "a very real threat of possible physical harm which could result from a weapon being at large."14 The state of New York appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled on these facts that a public safety exception to Miranda existed. To understand how the Court reached this conclusion and the implications of this exception on the admissibility of the statement and the handgun, a consideration of a summary of the steps used by the Court is important.

The first step toward this conclusion was a discussion by the Court of the relationship between the Miranda requirements and the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Amendment provides that "[n]o person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."15 The Fifth Amendment "does not prohibit all incriminating admissions," only those that are "officially coerced selfaccusations…." 16 In Miranda, the Supreme Court "for the first time extended the Fifth Amendment privilege against compulsory self-incrimination to individuals subjected to custodial interrogation by the police."17 Thus, Miranda created a presumption that "interrogation in custodial circumstances is inherently coercive" and that statements obtained under those circumstances "are inadmissible unless the subject is specifically informed of his Miranda rights and freely decides to forgo those rights."18 Importantly, the Court noted that Miranda warnings were not required by the Constitution, but were prophylactic measures designed to provide protection for the Fifth Amendment privilege against selfincrimination. 19

After providing this explanation of the relationship between the Fifth Amendment and Miranda, the Court explained that Quarles did not claim that his statements were "actually compelled by police conduct which overcame his will to resist."20 Had police officers obtained an involuntary or coerced statement from Quarles in violation of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, both the statement and the handgun would have been suppressed. 21 And, in this regard, the Court explained that the failure to administer Miranda warnings does not, standing alone, make a confession involuntary in violation of the Constitution. 22

The Supreme Court then proceeded to determine whether the Miranda rule was implicated in this case and agreed with the New York Court of Appeals that it was. The Court agreed with the New York courts that Quarles was in custody. As the Court noted, "Quarles was surrounded by at least four police officers and was handcuffed when the questioning at issue took place."23 Therefore, on the facts of the case, the Court found that the Miranda decision was clearly implicated. The Court then referred to the determination by the New York courts that there was nothing in the record indicating that any of the police officers were concerned with their safety when they questioned Quarles. The Supreme Court noted that the New York Court of Appeals did not address the issue of whether there was an exception to Miranda in cases that involve a danger to the public "because the lower courts in New York made no factual determination that the police had acted with that motive."24

The Supreme Court chose to address whether a public safety exception to Miranda should exist. In this regard, the Court held that: "there is a 'public safety' exception to the requirement that Miranda warnings be given before a suspect's answers may be admitted into evidence, and the exception does not depend upon the motivation of the individual officers involved."25 Thus, according to the Court, without regard to the actual motivation of the individual officers, Miranda need not be strictly followed in situations "in which police officers ask questions reasonably prompted by a concern for the public safety."26

The Court then applied the facts to the situation confronting them when Quarles was arrested. In the course of arresting Quarles, it became apparent that Quarles had removed the handgun and discarded it within the store. While the location of the handgun remained undetermined, it posed a danger to public safety.27 In this case, the officer needed an answer to the question about the location of the gun to ensure that its concealment in a public location would not endanger the public. The immediate questioning of Quarles was directed specifically at resolving this emergency. Since the questioning of Quarles was prompted by concern for public safety, the officers were not required to provide Miranda warnings to Quarles first. Therefore, the statement made by Quarles about the location of the handgun was admissible.28 In addition, because the Court found there was no violation of Miranda, the handgun also was admissible. The Court declined to address whether the handgun would have been suppressed if the statements were found to be inadmissible.29


The Quarles case provides a framework that police officers can use to assess a particular situation, determine whether the exception is available, and ensure that their questioning remains within the scope of the rule. This framework includes the presence of a public safety concern, limited questioning, and voluntariness.

Limited Questioning

The Quarles Court made clear that only those questions necessary for the police "to secure their own safety or the safety of the public" were permitted under the public safety exception.35 In U.S. v. Khalil, New York City police officers raided an apartment in Brooklyn after they received information that Khalil and Abu Mezer had bombs in their apartment and were planning to detonate them.36 During the raid, both men were shot and wounded as one of them grabbed the gun of a police officer and the other crawled toward a black bag believed to contain a bomb. When the officers looked inside the black bag, they saw pipe bombs and observed that a switch on one bomb was flipped.

Officers went to the hospital to question Abu Mezer about the bombs. They asked Abu Mezer "how many bombs there were, how many switches were on each bomb, which wires should be cut to disarm the bombs, and whether there were any timers."37 Abu Mezer answered each question and also was asked whether he planned to kill himself in the explosion. He responded by saying, "Poof."38

Abu Mezer sought to suppress each of his statements, but the trial court permitted them, ruling that they fell within the public safety exception. On appeal, Abu Mezer only challenged the admissibility of the last question, whether he intended to kill himself when detonating the bombs. He claimed the question was unrelated to public safety. The circuit court disagreed and noted "Abu Mezer's vision as to whether or not he would survive his attempt to detonate the bomb had the potential for shedding light on the bomb's stability."39

A common theme throughout cases such as this is the importance of limiting the interrogation of a subject to questions directed at eliminating the emergency. Following Quarles, at least two federal circuit courts of appeals have addressed the issue of the effect of an invocation of a right on the exception. In U.S. v. De- Santis, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the public safety exception applies even after the invocation of counsel.40 According to the court: "The same consideration that allows the police to dispense with providing Miranda warnings in a public safety situation also would permit them to dispense with the prophylactic safeguard that forbids initiating further questioning of an accused who requests counsel."41

In U.S. v. Mobley, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that the public safety exception applied even when the subject had invoked his right to counsel.42 The court recognized that a threat to public safety still may exist even after Miranda rights are provided and invoked.


The "public safety" exception to Miranda is a powerful tool with a modern application for law enforcement. When police officers are confronted by a concern for public safety, Miranda warnings need not be provided prior to asking questions directed at neutralizing an imminent threat, and voluntary statements made in response to such narrowly tailored questions can be admitted at trial. Once the questions turn from those designed to resolve the concern for safety to questions designed solely to elicit incriminating statements, the questioning falls outside the scope of the exception and within the traditional rules of Miranda.


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Fri, 04/19/2013 - 21:59 | 3475516 tsx500
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i hope this c-s'er is in serious seriously unbearable pain 

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:04 | 3475538 Race Car Driver
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> i hope this c-s'er is in serious seriously unbearable pain 

How big of you - asshole.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:13 | 3475608 LetThemEatRand
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A 19 year old killed 3 people and seriously maimed a couple dozen.  Asshole?  Yes.  Fry him if he's guilty after a Constitutional jury trial?  Absolutely.  National security threat so Miranda is out the window?  Jesus FUCKING Christ.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:37 | 3475753 Precious
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There is no Miranda right anymore. The Quarles case destroyed that. Just figure it out yourself. How can there be a "public safety" exception when a suspect is in handcuffs. That doesn't even pass the laugh test. End of story.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:48 | 3475822 freedogger
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The narrative goes that he was out droppping pressure cookers allover the city before being arrested.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:00 | 3475882 Stackers
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"Shut up! You dont get a lawyer. You're enemy combatant"

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:08 | 3475919 LetThemEatRand
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Keeping on ZH topic -- the algos know when you are guilty, like the drones.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:28 | 3476011 strannick
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Miranda? CNBC and the police now decide guilt.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:42 | 3476070 derek_vineyard
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how do the conspiracists reconcile the fact he was taken alive rather than the certain death they predicted?   i think their paranoid minds will rationalize some deeper conspiracy  (perhaps little men in blue suits will visit them while they sleep to explain)

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:36 | 3476225 James_Cole
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how do the conspiracists reconcile the fact he was taken alive rather than the certain death they predicted?   i think their paranoid minds will rationalize some deeper conspiracy 

Don't need conspiracy theories at this point, thousands of paramilitary police and lockdown of Boston to apprehend a 19 year old kid? Miranda rights exception for "Public Safety" reasons?

Yep, we've moved well beyond the need for conspiracy theories.  

And one other thing, with the amount of ammunition fired into the boat I doubt the police were hoping to take him alive...but I guess that is a crazy conspiracy theory. Still need a few I suppose. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:47 | 3476243 AldousHuxley
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probably some family issues. Father left family, mother went psycho, kids do crazy things and blame the world.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 04:51 | 3476447 disabledvet
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Yep. Course gotta take the kids alive not so "they can come up with an alibi" but so they can actually say what their motivation was/still is. I look at these things (remotely of course) as a mystery to be figured out. And no...these kids doing this is not "inexplicable." just as anyone who's served in any of these war zones or any of these victims of these Terri attacks. "they could never do such a thing...they're great kids" blah blah blah. Same thing all the time. Of course you have to listen closely to the denial...there is a striking amount of truth in there that in fact these kids did do it by dint of simply "hearing" what is left out. (no mention of hanging out at radical web sites, talking to/with clerics promoting radical ideology. The fact that they already are on an FBI watch list, etc...etc...) great job ZH. Now we discover that unlike the MSM that simply provide cover stories for terrorists thus furthering and encouraging more terrorism this place actually divulges the ridiculous truth of these clowns...that they talk about this stuff before, during and after...that the authorities are not listening...or worse, and that when the manhunt gets underway the use of social information to literally put a stop to the whole thing immediately/before hand?? seems to be ignored.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 07:28 | 3476526 GetZeeGold
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Living on a green card doesn't make you a citizen.....and only citizens get Miranda rights. exception needed.


Set the MSM spin machines to full turbo. All of a sudden they're worried about constitutional rights.....after all they've done to shred them.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 07:46 | 3476582 samcontrol
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good point, i have no green card, don,t live in the US bu yet i fell somewhatt American, and that includes having almost NO rights.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:29 | 3476601 GetZeeGold
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I wouldn't expect any rights if I blew the crap out of some people in France....which is why I wouldn't think of doing it.


I could care less what they do to rights seems about right to me.


Screw the whole UN citizen of the world crap. You pull that stunt in west Texas, you'd better hope the cops get to you first.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:56 | 3476646 Ace Ventura
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Just FYI, this kid IS an American citizen. The now-dead older brother was the one with the green card. Since the Patriot Act and NDAA, your citizenship status is utterly meaningless. All it takes is for some nameless, faceless constumed-enforcer of the state to 'designate' you an 'enemy combatant'.


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:05 | 3476737 Citxmech
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GZG - regardless of what you expect, foregners on US soil do get basic protections under the Const.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:43 | 3476851 pods
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I love these arguments about "citizen" and "US soil" pertaining to rights.

Cannot remember the boundaries specified or definitions of citizen, non-citizen, or brown man who won't accept FRNs for oil in the DOI?

But we all play the game of looking at rights as privileges and privileges as rights.

Just another day in that happy world of 1984.

We are a fucking empire. Any "rule" can be set aside for the betterment of the empire.

The sooner we all come to accept that little truth these arguments can cease.


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 14:58 | 3477672 James_Cole
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When the flag waving goes into full force, make sure to keep a close watch on your rights. 

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:35 | 3476832 TBT or not TBT
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With young male muzzles living in the west they end up angry because the women are liberated sexually and they are NOT. Muzzie males end up a mess because of the way Islam and islamicate cultures treat girls and women. Contact with women I the western world either sets them free or sets them off.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:53 | 3476260 toys for tits
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That's the men in black.

Everyone on this site seems to be worried about this denial of the right to be mirandized.

We just have to remember that policies regarding the citizens of the US are made on the spot to fit the occasion.

The precedent allowing the government to intern any race for good reason has never been overturned.  The case is Korematsu v. United States. From the Supreme Court's order:


The petitioner, an American citizen of Japanese descent, was convicted in a federal district court for remaining in San Leandro, California, a "Military Area," contrary to Civilian Exclusion Order No. 34 of the Commanding General 216*216 of the Western Command, U.S. Army, which directed that after May 9, 1942, all persons of Japanese ancestry should be excluded from that area. No question was raised as to petitioner's loyalty to the United States. The Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed,[1] and the importance of the constitutional question involved caused us to grant certiorari.


It should be noted, to begin with, that all legal restrictions which curtail the civil rights of a single racial group are immediately suspect. That is not to say that all such restrictions are unconstitutional. It is to say that courts must subject them to the most rigid scrutiny. Pressing public necessity may sometimes justify the existence of such restrictions; racial antagonism never can.


We uphold the exclusion order as of the time it was made and when the petitioner violated it. Cf. Chastleton Corporation v. Sinclair, 264 U.S. 543, 547; Block v. Hirsh, 256 U.S. 135, 154-5. In doing so, we are not unmindful of the hardships imposed by it upon a large group of American citizens. Cf. Ex parte Kawato, 317 U.S. 69, 73. But hardships are part of war, and war is an aggregation of hardships. All citizens alike, both in and out of uniform, feel the impact of war in greater or lesser measure. Citizenship has its responsibilities as well as its privileges, and in time of war the burden is always heavier. Compulsory exclusion of large groups of citizens from their homes, except under circumstances of direct emergency and peril, is inconsistent with our basic governmental institutions. But when under conditions of modern warfare our shores are threatened by hostile forces, the power to protect must be commensurate with the threatened danger.



Some of the members of the Court are of the view that evacuation and detention in an Assembly Center were inseparable. After May 3, 1942, the date of Exclusion Order No. 34, Korematsu was under compulsion to leave the area not as he would choose but via an Assembly Center. The Assembly Center was conceived as a part of the machinery for group evacuation. The power to exclude includes the power to do it by force if necessary. And any forcible measure must necessarily entail some degree of detention or restraint whatever method of removal is selected. But whichever view is taken, it results in holding that the order under which petitioner was convicted was valid.


It is said that we are dealing here with the case of imprisonment of a citizen in a concentration camp solely because of his ancestry, without evidence or inquiry concerning his loyalty and good disposition towards the United States. Our task would be simple, our duty clear, were this a case involving the imprisonment of a loyal citizen in a concentration camp because of racial prejudice. Regardless of the true nature of the assembly and relocation centers — and we deem it unjustifiable to call them concentration camps with all the ugly connotations that term implies — we are dealing specifically with nothing but an exclusion order. To cast this case into outlines of racial prejudice, without reference to the real military dangers which were presented, merely confuses the issue. Korematsu was not excluded from the Military Area because of hostility to him or his race. He was excluded because we are at war with the Japanese Empire, because the properly constituted military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and felt constrained to take proper security measures, because they decided that the military urgency of the situation demanded that all citizens of Japanese ancestry be segregated from the West Coast temporarily, and finally, because Congress, reposing its confidence in this time of war in our military leaders — as inevitably it must — determined that they should have the power to do just this. There was evidence of disloyalty on the part of some, the military authorities considered that the need for action was great, and time was short. We cannot — by availing ourselves of the calm perspective of hindsight — now say that at that time these actions were unjustified.

From dissenter Justice Jackson explaining the effect of this order:

But once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such an order, the Court for all time has validated the principle of racial discrimination in criminal procedure and of transplanting American citizens. The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need. Every repetition imbeds that principle more deeply in our law and thinking and expands it to new purposes. All who observe the work of courts are familiar with what Judge Cardozo described as "the tendency of a principle to expand itself to the limit of its logic."


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:13 | 3476289 Shooting Shark
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His peanut butter was better than we thought.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:23 | 3476304 sun tzu
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He hasn't gone to trial yet, so he can still hang himself in jail or they can drug him up like they did to the Aurora shooter.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 17:59 | 3478305 icanhasbailout
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recovering their asset to find out what he said and to whom

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:22 | 3476197 wee-weed up
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Looks to me like the FBI just screwed up...

and gave the perp's lawyers a nice juicy technicality to have the case thrown out - or at least endlessly appealed, ad nauseum.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:26 | 3476367 francis_sawyer
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That's prolly why they decided to keep him alive... 2 dead perps & the story would fade away by barbecue season... Gotta keep the story fresh in people's minds, the World Series isn't until October...

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:32 | 3476621 smlbizman
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they will just bradley manning him.....purgatory....

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:53 | 3477056 Chuck Walla
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He is a Muslim, unlike any usual "white person", we must understand his rage. (See Maj. Hassan and the boys of Gitmo).  There every good feeling and ritual and belief must be respected and hallowed.


Just last night, Peerless Leader stated: Obama: "When a tragedy like this happens....Don't rush to judgements especially on groups of people."  Pity he doesn't extend this those he dislikes or the 2nd Amendment.



Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:49 | 3475823 LetThemEatRand
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And remember that when "rule of law" is the model proposed as the alternative to Constitutional democracy.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:44 | 3476241 lewy14
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Since the Government is just the People, this punk is just someone we all decided to arrest together.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:15 | 3476295 LetThemEatRand
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Fortunately, we have branches.  Checks and balances.  Blah blah blah.  CNN, Fox and MSNBC all say he's guilty so fuck him.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 07:34 | 3476564 Vince Clortho
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The "Government" is a bunch of puppets manipulated by a small group of uber-wealthy families and powerful corporations.

The "We, the people" of the Constitution is only a memory at this point.

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 00:40 | 3479452 lewy14
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Vince, I was hoping I wouldn't need the <sarc/> tag. Turns out I did.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:48 | 3475827 freedogger
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The narrative goes that he was out droppping pressure cookers allover the city before being arrested.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:53 | 3475844 quikwit
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No, "public safety" exception can make sense sometimes.  For example, if a suspect is in custody, and it is known that a time bomb has been set to go off in the next 10 minutes somewhere in a public place, the suspect may be interrogated in custody without a reading of Miranda rights to save the public from the time bomb.

Of course, there seems to be no factual basis for the exception to apply here.  But when has that ever stopped law enforcement?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:56 | 3475861 LetThemEatRand
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Some assholes here are already saying that he MAY have a bomb somewhere else, therefore no rights.  Pretty easy to see how that exception swallows the Constitution.  Thanks, Hollywood for convincing the sheep that this shit happens.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:20 | 3475984 quikwit
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Yeah, if you replace the requirement for hard evidence with "maybe," "plausibly," or "possibly," its as good as gutted.  If you go over to comments section of any mainstream online publication, the baying for blood on mere suspicion and rumor... it's so disheartening to see how little respect for due process our society actually has.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:57 | 3476712 Pool Shark
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How many of you here decrying the Public Safety Exception to Miranda have actually taken the time to read the Quarles decision? Do you know what it says, and why it was developed?

How many of you have even read Miranda, Massiah, or Escobedo?

Do you know why the Miranda admonishment was established in the first place?

Did you even realize that a Miranda advisal is not a Constitutional right, but rather a prophylactic rule of evidence?

Seems this discussion could use a little less heat and a little more light... 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 15:33 | 3477822 quikwit
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Law student here - read the cases.  If you re-read my previous comment, you'll understand I have no problem with there being a public safety exception.  I do have a problem with the exception being invoked without the right kind of evidence.  Whether the evidence is at hand can be debated, as some other commenters here have done.

And I do have a problem with the standard of evidence required to invoke the exception.  Each event sets a precedent.  If the exception keeps growing by weaking the evidentiary standard required, it will swallow the general rule.  And when you hear important people like Sen. Lindsay Graham advocate for a complete waiver of Constitutional rights for this US citizen, you have to worry about even little things like mere prophylactic rules.

As for your comment -- so what if it is a prophylactic rule?  Its grounds are still rooted in the 5th Amendment -- it's not some arbitrary procedural crap.  It also is Supreme Court-made law, and cannot be ignored.  And it is odd that you put down the <i>Miranda</i> case as merely stating a prophylactic rule, but so forcefully cite the cases defining an exception to it.

Seems you're the one needing some cooling off...

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:19 | 3476116 Popo
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Nobody is saying he should have "no rights".

Everyone here is pretty well versed in civil rights and the dangers (and realities) of our government trampling them. Everyone here witnessed the abuse of GITMO and has to live with the invasive bullshit of DHS.

Lets be clear:

These guys were exchanging *gunfire* with the cops. They were throwing explosive devices at the cops. The deceased suspect was found with an explosive device on his person. There is powerful case evidence of them being connected to a bombing which used a timed-explosive which killed and wounded large numbers of people.

The public safety statute was created with exactly this type of scenario in mind. This is not analogous to illegal DHS checkpoints or holding suspects without trial. This is about Miranda rights.

It's hardly an abuse of the public-safety statute to question him about additional explosives in the interest of public safety.

Nor is it an example of conveniently citing special powers to expand the role of government. This was clearly a legitimate threat.

And if two guys shooting at cops, throwing explosives at cops, found with explosives on their person, fleeing in a stolen car ... and by the way, who were photographed at the exact scene of a major terrorist attack .... if that isn't a legitimate enough threat to public safety.... What the fuck is?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:46 | 3476246 James_Cole
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These guys were exchanging *gunfire* with the cops. They were throwing explosive devices at the cops. The deceased suspect was found with an explosive device on his person. There is powerful case evidence of them being connected to a bombing which used a timed-explosive which killed and wounded large numbers of people.

And if two guys shooting at cops, throwing explosives at cops, found with explosives on their person, fleeing in a stolen car ... and by the way, who were photographed at the exact scene of a major terrorist attack .... if that isn't a legitimate enough threat to public safety.... What the fuck is?

You're conflating multiple events. The police so far haven't given evidence for the public excemption at the point when he was taken into custody. 

Defaulting to assuming the police did the correct thing when constitutional rights are being played around with is always the wrong assumption imo. Have the police prove they were in the right first, always.

So far CNN is too busy fawning over what a great a job the police did to bother asking any questions. I'm sure they're eager to launch a full investigation into how the police handled this whole affair but *spoiler alert* fortunately the police did everything 100% correct. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:16 | 3476768 mess nonster
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Apparently these kids have been followed by the FBI for years. Could it be that, like so many others, they were set up to do the job?

Could it be possible that the FBI, or other security organs of the govt, ytrained these kids to build bombs, gave them guns and training, and encouraged them to bomb the marathon?

Of course, it all went wrong. Maybe CRAFT operatives were supposed to secure the bombs before they went off. maybe the bombs were not supposed to be live, or were designed in such a way as to be neutralized, but something went wrong.

The kids, set up to be patsies, but possessed of sterner stuff, exploded their bombs and got away. When cornered they faught back, using their training against their trainers.

Of course, they're stil patsies, and we'l never know why, or who's beghind it, but of course gun control is full steam ahead, and you and I have no more Constitutional protections- the objectives of the attack have been accomplished.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:47 | 3476249 lewy14
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Don't bother arguing with people possessed of unfalsifiable beliefs.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:11 | 3476285 TheMeatTrapper
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Sure he's a threat to public safety - but so is every other meth head, heroin addict, Federal Reserve banker  and murderer. The question is, is he a threat to the national security of the United States? 


Obviously he's no threat to the security of the nation which is what the Miranda exception was designed to account for. 

If they were afraid that there were ticking time bombs laying around, perhaps they shouldn't have let him bleed for an hour or more before moving in to affect arrest. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:42 | 3476686 azzhatter
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Bernanke is a terrorist. Does he get miranda?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:20 | 3476301 LetThemEatRand
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Then fucking easy jury trial.  Hope the DOJ doesn't lose a bunch of that clear evidence that made it a no-brainer just before the trial, though.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 04:35 | 3476438 Henry Hub
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***It's hardly an abuse of the public-safety statute to question him about additional explosives in the interest of public safety.***

I don't object to this. It's the electrodes on the testicles that I object to.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 07:57 | 3476588 percyklein
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In an effort to bring some sanity to this thread, I have a new question: where are they going to find jurors for this one -- jurors whose minds are not already made up after watching this stuff and reading about it? Hmmm?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:31 | 3476997 Vooter
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"It's hardly an abuse of the public-safety statute to question him about additional explosives in the interest of public safety."

ANSWER THE QUESTION: HOW IS NOT READING HIM HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS GOING TO MAKE HIM TALK? Is this some sort of magic wand thing? "We have chosen not to read you your Miranda you MUST tell us where the bomb is!" LOL...

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:14 | 3476174 Oliver Klozoff
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I think everyone has got this wrong.

The Miranda rights inform an arrestee of their right to "remain silent, the right to an attorney"

Obviously his testimony can now be forced from him.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:28 | 3476989 Vooter
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LOL...what if they choose not to read him his rights and he doesn't tell them where the bomb is before it explodes?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:56 | 3475859 TBT or not TBT
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Miranda was an absolutely embarrassingly stupid decision with an awful legacy. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but ignorance of the bill of rights, the fundamental law of the land, gets you off Scott free. FUBAR lefty court decision from hell without which lots f Americans would have gone unraped and unrobbed and undefrauded.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:05 | 3475908 LetThemEatRand
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Yeah, fuck rights.  

Guess what.  If you're guilty, you are convicted by a jury of your peers.  Last time I checked, my "peers" do not include CNN and every other fucking news outlet that followed it and announced the arrest of a suspect 24 hours before one was arrested.  Evidence, proof, testimony.  So quaint.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:12 | 3475952 TBT or not TBT
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And the point of Miranda in all of that is what exactly? Mirandising just informs someone of what they should bloody fucking well know because what they need to know is in the Bill of Rights. If they want to blab, let them run their mouth.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:16 | 3475966 LetThemEatRand
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So your point is that suspected criminals who are not well educated can go fuck themselves?  

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:35 | 3476050 TBT or not TBT
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Except when a lefty supreme court gets some bad shit in the pipe they are passing around and decides everyone must be informed of clear provisions i the most basic original law of the land, else nothing they say an be used to incriminate them. It is breathtakingly retarded. Just breathtakingly magnificently fucking idiotic, nd noting to do with the spirit or meaning of the constitution, which was clear and fair exactly as it was, in this respect.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:37 | 3476058 LetThemEatRand
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Lefty Supreme Court?  The author of Miranda was a Republican appointee who at one time was a Republican Vice President Candidate.  Look it up.  Nevermind, they don't have that link on Fox.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:05 | 3476154 SkySavage
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Miranda rights is a legal issue and nothing more.  It is required to have "proof" that the perp knows his constitutional rights, and so therefore cannot be released on a technicality.  Does anyone really think that anyone would be somehow more or less willing to talk to interrogators if they had or had not been read their Miranda rights?   This kid got the shit kicked out of him in order to get him to "willingly divulge information" and the only difference between him and any other bad guy is that he cannot get off on a technicality.  Welcome to the slippery slope. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:10 | 3476156 SkySavage
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So many problems with this entire fiasco...don't know where to begin...

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:06 | 3476742 dog breath
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Are you aware that some Republicans are left wing?  I suggest you look it up.  Or do they have that at MSNBC?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:08 | 3476278 sun tzu
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

That saying came about hundreds of years ago when there were about 20 laws on the books. Today, there are ten thousand laws on the books. No lawyer or judge in the world knows all of the laws of the federal, state or even local governments. The IRS code alone is over 25,000 pages. Do you know every law on the books?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:24 | 3476305 LetThemEatRand
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Fuck me.  I agree with you.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:43 | 3476854 TBT or not TBT
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Ignorance of the Constitution on the other hand? The guy passed a citizenship test and probably knows it better than the Jaywalk types.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 18:04 | 3478313 icanhasbailout
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"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."


That may be the established legal principle, but in the context of the US today it's total bullshit. 40,000 new laws were passed last year alone, do you know what they are? They change the laws so often that outside basic and fundamental things like murder, rape, and robbery, no one knows what the law is anymore.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 12:11 | 3477113 Mr. Magniloquent
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The US Federal Government permeates every aspect of life within the USA. There is nothing untouched by federal agencies--police included. The Federal Register, the code stipulating rules and procedure for them, was was 81,405 pages long in 2010. That's small print, tripple column on each page. These words dictate how the law is applied; therefore, what the law actually is.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse? Please. When is the last time you comprehenisvely memorized all 81,405 pages of tiny print, triple columns in the Federal Register?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:25 | 3475689 88888
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Why are they avoiding mentioning that he is a radical islamist? 

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:30 | 3475702 LetThemEatRand
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Because they don't know if he really is.  He's a Muslim.  Does his religious affiliation mean that our Constitution is a joke?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:02 | 3475886 TBT or not TBT
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No, the Miranda decision is a fucking bad joke though.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:03 | 3475897 LetThemEatRand
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Now you know it's a decision and not an Amendment to the document you think is a joke, at least.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:28 | 3476013 TBT or not TBT
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The constitution is great. Miranda is a lefty supreme court brainfart of epoch proportions. It is retarded. Retar. Ded.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:38 | 3476067 LetThemEatRand
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Earl Warren.  Lefty Supreme Court Justice nominated by ..  a Republican.  Propaganda works, doesn't it Mr. Sheep TBT or not to Sheep.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:59 | 3476267 James_Cole
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The fact is the Obama Admin made the call on his Miranda rights being waived and Eric Holder has been trying to dismantle Miranda rights for a while. 

If Miranda rights are so useless why are successive governments so eager to get rid of them when dealing with 'terrorists'?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:25 | 3476308 LetThemEatRand
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Because our government of the people and by the people has been taken over by private interests.   They once called them Kings, Queens, Lords, etc.  

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:55 | 3476390 Rogue Trooper
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Way to late to this debate. Well said LTER... shame the red and blue teams show their conditioning in the end.

However, the MSM are used to distract the sheep chanting USA,USA,USA has this was an embarrassing display by 10,000 police or better put, internal security troops, made famous in the Soviet error took a painfully cautious and conveluted way to find and remove the threat of a 26 old boxer and his 19 year old 'facebook fan' of a brother. Despite more tools, kit and advanced weaponry, just used in Boston, than perhaps 95% of the nations on earth.

Love CNN with how great the Police where. LOL!

If this had been the real deal the sheeple on the crossfire would have been complelety fucked.


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:52 | 3476873 TBT or not TBT
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Because Miranda is a breathtakingly stupid supreme court precedent, in all cases, at least as regards the little spiel cops are required to recite and get a response to. The constitution has the required protections as is. Why. The fuck. Remind probable perps they have the right not to talk. They do have this right. Miranda does not modify that in any fashion, it just requires arresting police to inform them of what's in the fucking constitution already. Can I try that one out when I don't pay some tax or other? "no one told me about the tax laws, the iRS failed to come read them to me, in person, at bedtime each night, tucking me in with a 'do you understand this provision of the tax code?'". Therefore the law doesnt apply to my breaking of it and all my breaking of it is...drum admissible in court! Re tard Ed.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 03:32 | 3476403 Bring the Gold
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TBT or not TBT said:


"The constitution is great. Miranda is a lefty supreme court brainfart of epoch proportions. It is retarded. Retar. Ded."

hit ctrl-F and search for miranda

Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Warren was also the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 1948

Now I absolutely love Eisenhower (the last great president IMO) and I get our country has moved WAYYYYY to the right since then, but it's pretty hard to call a Republican VP candidate and Republican appointee a lefty. Unless you are saying Repubs are lefties in which case...I got nothing.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:59 | 3476893 TBT or not TBT
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Nixon was a statist prick control freak with a Republican brand name. John McCain of McCain Feingold fame and pro universal gun registration is a Republican. George W Bush was a republican, but so was Ron Paul. They are all over the map. The stupidissime Miranda decision , is what it is independently of whether you would like to label Warren a Republican or not. Keep in mind that back then the Republican party was socially liberal, and the Democrat party was in your face socially conservative. Te party of apartheid in amemerica. The party that voted against civil rights even after the country had long before shifted on the matter. The party of jim crow, of keeping blacks away from guns.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:03 | 3476129 McMolotov
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The more I hear about this, the more it smells a bit of the Russian mob who supposedly got screwed in Cyprus. Didn't these guys supposedly visit Russia in the recent past? The radical Islamist angle makes little to no sense at this point, at least based upon what we know.

And the way some people wish to casually disregard the Constitution, which — I must remind them — is there to protect every American citizen, even the ones people loathe, disgusts me.

If the Constitution doesn't "work" in cases like this, it doesn't work period.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:29 | 3476310 LetThemEatRand
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Now what would the Russian Mob and bankers and anti-Constitution folks have in common....?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:02 | 3476898 TBT or not TBT
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They're not big on following the rules but very happy to make their own as they go.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:05 | 3476596 The Abstraction...
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Why bomb a marathon and not a bank. If they had placed it outside a merchant bank during rush hour, the casualties would have been in the dozens, and the message clear. There was no message in this bombing.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:03 | 3476729 overmedicatedun...
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 abstr;"Why bomb a marathon and not a bank?" the FBI ATF never bomb banks or elite gathering places Never, it's in the manual, they serve their and our masters.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:08 | 3476929 TBT or not TBT
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The message is they hate you and want to end your wicked civilisation.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:42 | 3475783 JOYFUL
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Cause it's always better to wait for a chorus of dupes and dissemblers to divert the discussion to the direction that the hoax order to succeed without blowing cover.

But thanks for asking. You may be unaware that "radical islamists"(most particularly in the Chechen context!)are a subset of those CIA trained, State Dept\BlackBudget\NGO funded professional agitators which the ZOG-controlled USA and ZATO used to destabilize Russia and the Slavic states...aka AlCIAda...via bombings and acts of terror against civilian targets.

and then were employed to create falseflag disturbances around the world in furtherance of Sionist strategies of tension and the creation of a phony confrontation between East and West designed to have both destroyed, each by the other, and replaced by a global hegemonist talmudist regime of the kind which already redirects billions of your tax $ to the tiny terrorist statelet which runs the whole scam.

Any more questions?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:07 | 3475924 88888
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Oh trust me im aware. Ironic isn't it. The "opposition" in syria is backed by the USA, oh and they have already been proven to be ALCIAda. 

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:39 | 3475974 The Second Rule
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Take some anti-nausea medication and watch FAUX, if you can stand it. CNN is almost as bad.

Thinking way ahead, I'm wondering whether this might not lead to some joint U.S./Russia strike against Chechnya. U.S. has already deployed military advisors to Georgia. Pincer move? Maybe this was the plan all along. Maybe Russian protests were just so much Hollywood movie set fog disguising their true intentions and backroom plans.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:01 | 3476716 rwe2late
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Don't beat around the bush.

The US government currently supports the Chechnyan "radical Islamists".

Same as the ones from Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Kosovo.

So long as they undermine the Russians, and support the expansion of US domination, they are in turn supported by the US government.

But if they turn, or are no longer useful, they are branded "terrorists", like the Taliban or AlQaeda. Terrorists are just the code name for those who oppose the US government. It is not about the tactics. Any tactics, torture, killing civilians, assassination, etc. is deemed OK (rationalized) so long as done in support of US.

The declared "war" against the tactics is all PR for a never ending "emergency" state of war. Imagine if a never ending war against "suprise attacks" had been declared after Pearl Harbor.


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:30 | 3475701 Race Car Driver
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> A 19 year old killed 3 people and seriously maimed a couple dozen.


Used to be a time in America when a suspect was presumed innocent until proof of guilt was presented and weighed by a jury of his peers. Now, folks mostly just eat whatever the MSM feeds them ... which is mostly shit.

Right now, we really have no idea what this is all about because the MSM has made more chaos out of this event than was inherent to begin with. AFAIK, this kid is just a patsy with the wrong history, wrong religion and wrong skin color. We'll prolly never see whatever evidence will be brought against him. Just watch the outcome of Aurora to see how this one is gonna go. 

Go back to sleep America. The police are dressed like soldiers and are lining your streets.  We got the dirty sand nigger. You are as safe as we want you to be, for now. Go back to sleep - and pray we don't come for you.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:24 | 3475981 Freddie
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Well I agree with you and I don't watch TV or Hollywood unlike a lot of fux posting here including probably you.  He deserves his Miranda rights and the presumption of innocence.

You had to bring his skin tone in and sand ni**er crap. F You.  He is a Caucasian from the real Caucases which is probably meaningless to you.   As far as Chechnians - after what they did to Russian children at Beslan - they will ALWAYS be Chechnian Islamic shit to me.  1400 years of misery from Islam - so F off.

Oh and I know all about our own muslim dronie killing innocent children daily between golf rounds.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:26 | 3476012 LetThemEatRand
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You are mad about a nigger comment but you speak about Chechnians as if they are one person?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:34 | 3476047 Freddie
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Chechnian muslims are shit.  After Beslan they will always be shit.  HEaring about this family, their tweets and other shit is only more evidence.   

Cher even sang a song about them called Gypies, Tramps and Theives.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:41 | 3476072 LetThemEatRand
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So why did you ** nigger?   What race/ethnicity/religion are you?  Do you identify with ALL of them and support ALL of their beliefs?  Why am I wasting my time talking to an idiot?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:51 | 3476107 Freddie
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You are rather emotional aren't you? Let's just say I had ancestors who fought shit like this in Europe hundreds of year ago.  No I don't like them.  Read what they did to children at Beslan.  This klan in Boston more of the same shit.   As far as guilt or innocence - give the kid a trial though I doubt he survives.  The video of them wandering around together during the bombing with backpacks does not look good but the whole thing looks false flag.

The brother had been arrested in 2009 and should have been deported. They are scum.  

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:05 | 3476146 McMolotov
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I thought the mess in Beslan was more a case of hostage-taking gone bad, with the Russians essentially gassing the whole place. Not excusing the behavior of the Chechens, but the whole thing seemed to be a colossal fuck-up.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:24 | 3476203 Freddie
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No there was another one where they took over a movie theater.  Same vermin.  The Russians used gas to put everyone to sleep but some people died.  There were two or three of these tragedies.  The movie theater I think was with Chechian black widow assasins.  I realize the Russians are not very nice either.

People can claim false flag, Miranda, whatever but we do know this Chechnian Muslim shit tied up and locked down a major city whether they are innocent or not.   You let shit like this into this country and you ruin it.  Oh but we cannot judge them or say they are bad people.  The son and his mother had been arrested in the USA for felonies.

We are so far gone now it really does not matter.  

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:32 | 3476312 LetThemEatRand
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I am shit "they" let into this country a couple of generations ago, so I guess you've proved your point Sitting Bull[shit].

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:28 | 3476024 TBT or not TBT
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The right to be informed of what is in the constitution in case you are ignorant or just too stupid to shut your mouth. Jesus.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:22 | 3476667 Rustysilver
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Russian would call him "black". Basically, a disparaging term. Chechnya had stuff going on since 1700's.  For the last 20 years they have been killing each other left and right.

It's very hard now to state who is a "victim".  I hope "they" use Sharia law to prosecute him.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:19 | 3476297 sun tzu
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You're right except for the skin color. Chechens are white, unless you mean white is the wrong skin color. You could be correct though, with 0bummer and Holder in charge.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:48 | 3476384 JOYFUL
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Sort of like "white for the rong reasons">>>???

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:45 | 3475795 TBT or not TBT
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Miranda was an extra retarded supreme court decision. Keep in mind what it is about. The suspect must be informed of their rights. Which are spelled out in a simple document of a few pages. The constitution, for those who need it spelled out. The basic law of the land. On the other hand your ignorance of provisions deep in the federal or state or local laws, or even of unreadable regulations issued by faceless unelected mini tyrants IS NO DEFENSE. On the other hand not knowing to simply STFU must be spelled out as Miranda holds, because you are assumed ignorant of the fundamental simply stated bill of rights. FUBAR. Let the ignorant self incriminate all they like, or else give us all a fucking break for being ignorant of one of tens of thousands of defined crimes no single human could ever be simultaneously aware of.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:20 | 3476302 sun tzu
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Most cops and judges don't know the laws. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:15 | 3476951 TBT or not TBT
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The judges tell the jury they alone will declare what the law holds, no one else. And the jury is not to do their own study of the law but rather depend entirely on the judge's take. They don't like the jury acting as acheck on the judicial, or legislative branches, but they're ok having juries trump executive branch (police). Miranda is a stupid stupid decision inasmuch as it requires the police to read out that little phrase. Retarded.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:38 | 3476320 TheMeatTrapper
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The Constitution sets forth the structure, powers and functioning of the Federal government. The Bill of Rights enumerates some, but not all of our God given rights. 

To claim that Miranda is already covered by the Constitution shows that you do not understand the Constitution. The Constitution does not state that a criminal defendent is entitled to an attorney if he/she cannot afford one. Miranda does. 


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:40 | 3476849 rwe2late
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entitled to due process, particularly in a felony case,

necessitates legal representation.

Miranda, many seem to be missing the point,

was actually meant to restrain police from using coerced confessions as evidence.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:21 | 3476965 TBT or not TBT
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The right to shut up is right there in the constitution. As to the right to an attorney, there is the lawyer-judicial complex at work. They are a special caste in the USA that guarantees itself an elite protected status and lots of work to do, playing god with people 's lives. The right to a free attorney ie paid for by taxpayers was both scope creep and further legitimation of the pro lawyer, lawyer supported notion that only lawyers can argue cases adequately.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:59 | 3475876 Overfed
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That's just it. He is ACCUSED of killing 3 (4) people and injuring another couple of hundred. Accused. Guilt needs to be determined in court.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:03 | 3475899 TBT or not TBT
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Sure, but let him run at the mouth all he wants to. He went through naturalization so he had to learn the bill of rights. Fuck the stupid fuckety fuck Miranda bullshit. It is a nonsense supreme court decision. A national embarrassment.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:28 | 3476021 LetThemEatRand
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You are a local embarrasment.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:35 | 3476052 TBT or not TBT
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But I'm acting globally.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:50 | 3476101 LetThemEatRand
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Acting like an idiot on a global stage.   I'll give you that.  Congratulations on your successful attempt to be an idiot to anyone who will listen.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:08 | 3476353 Urban Redneck
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No you're acting like some richer-than-po dumb-ass pig-cock-sucking white untermensch bitch, i.e. the exact opposite of globally.

Ask someone who lives someplace where there aren't Miranda (or similar) rights- what happens when the police "want to speak" with you... 


Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:57 | 3476331 Harbanger
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"Yes. Fry him if he's guilty after a Constitutional jury trial? Absolutely. National security threat so Miranda is out the window? Jesus FUCKING Christ."

What good would it do to read him his miranda right if he's unconcious?  So they'll read it when he wakes up.  Besides miranda rights are not in the Constitution and I haven't heard anyone saying he wasn't going to get a fair trial.  Miranda came from court systems and the 60's civil rights movement.  What this guy needs is a dream-team of lawyers to get him off the hook.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:59 | 3476345 LetThemEatRand
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He is clearly guilty.  TV said so.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:06 | 3475556 jbvtme
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the fact is cops are strangers and you do not have to talk to them about anything.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:20 | 3475656 LetThemEatRand
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But that would assume we have a Constitution.  Fuck that.  So inconvienent when we want blood from some 19 year old that Channel 4 clearly says is guilty because he was hiding in a FUCKING BOAT IN A BACKYARD AND WAS THREATENING NATIONAL SECURITY THEREBY!

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:37 | 3475750 knukles
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Every 19 year old kid with two serious profusely bleeding gunshot wounds (from scanner) hiding under the tarp of a strangers boat in his back yard is generally not going to be presumed as just along for the fucking cruise.

He may not be the guilty party, and by Gods wounds the press is about as irresponsible as one can be, but this guy does not scream innocent bystander to me.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:51 | 3475833 LetThemEatRand
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Who fucking cares what you think?  We live by a Constitution.  He was not a threat to national security.  As such, he was entitlted to Constitutional protections.  If you think otherwise, go suck Obama's cock and stop complaining about anything here.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:07 | 3475928 TBT or not TBT
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Miranda is not in the constitution. It was in some lefty supreme court justice's hash pipe as they passed it around, and some have jaw droppinglynstupid thing chained around the neck of our justice system forever. It adds nothing. Ignorance of the ever living notherfucking Bill of Rights is no excuse people. Let the stupid lather all they want about their crimes. Jesus H.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:21 | 3475992 LetThemEatRand
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You are an idiot.  I am not being mean, just factual.

The author of the Miranda opinion was Justice Warren, a Republican appointee who was at one point a Republican Vice Presidential Candidate.  

Do you prefer Hannity's hair or Rush's anal area?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:39 | 3476065 TBT or not TBT
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Always been kind of a Levin guy. Also, McCain is a Rebublican. So was Nixon, the guy who exited us from the gold standard.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:51 | 3476105 LetThemEatRand
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So now Red Team/Blue Team doesn't matter?   You win for King of the idiot team.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:25 | 3476365 Harbanger
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For some reason you seem a little extra bitter tonight.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 09:32 | 3476675 Ignatius
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Kinda mastered that passive/aggressive thingy, haven't you?

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:19 | 3475979 Charles Nelson ...
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This fucking bullshit stinks to high heaven! I'm not saying these two are innocent, but this shit is scaring the fuck out of me. Something is most definitely up.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:15 | 3476183 McMolotov
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Everything's a "threat to national security" now, Rand. Everything. If the President can deem any of us enemy combatants and have our asses droned, who's gonna give a fuck about some poor Chechen immigrant?

This country has lost its collective mind when it comes to due process. We're in for one big fucking world of pain if we don't come to grips with the fact that this government has placed itself above us as judge, jury, and executioner without so much as a whiff of adherence to the Constitution. We used to frown on this sort of, dare I say, "Special Police" type behavior. Now we shrug, and excuse it as a consequence of modern life during the Global War on Terror.™ The police looked like the fucking Stasi today, folks.

Give me a fucking break. And yes, I'm drunk again, people, same as I was the other night and for the same goddamn reasons. This shit should be obvious to you if it is to me. This country is going to hell and we're here fighting amongst ourselves.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 03:09 | 3476397 Rogue Trooper
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I feel the same way, it's not just America McMolotov, the same fucked up shit is happening everywhere.

Fighting amongst ourselves is pointless. WHo the fuck else have we got that actually thinks about what is going on.  Sure we do not all agree on the, finer details, solutions or even why, but we do understand there is a fuckin' problem.


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:50 | 3475834 JOYFUL
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this guy does not scream innocent bystander to me...

true...but he may be whispering "I wish I hadn't listened to those FBI guys who put me up to this idiocy!"

This is a template...we've seen a dozen of this dupes with Merikan government handlers in the past decade...from Detriot to LA...let's just kill them and ask questions later...worked with Oswald!

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:55 | 3475846 LetThemEatRand
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There is this strange document that guarantees guys like this to a trial, but fuck it.  If ZH posters don't get it, I give fucking up.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:06 | 3475912 fonzannoon
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your points are getting across. If you give up the zh'ers win.

(I'm drunk)

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:52 | 3476112 LetThemEatRand
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I wasn't drunk earlier, but I'm trying.  If they surround my house later I swear I don't have a white hat.  Wait.  Oh shit.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:20 | 3476188 McMolotov
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I imagine we're all drunk at this point, Fonz. Huzzah.

Goddamn it this was one hell of a shitty ass week.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 18:24 | 3478369 icanhasbailout
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given the date, "drunk" is not perhaps the right description for most

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:09 | 3475938 Ignatius
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I hear ya, man.  I suspect people will soon enough learn the importance of legal restraints to power.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:45 | 3475804 TBT or not TBT
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Miranda is a stupid provision, no matter who the suspect is.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:51 | 3475839 LetThemEatRand
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It's not a "provision," it's a case decided by our Supreme Court which is part of our Constitutional government.  But fuck that.  This guy was a Muslim who Channel 7 said killed a bunch of people.  

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:29 | 3475706 robertocarlos
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Do you have to tell them your name if they ask for it?


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:47 | 3475805 seek
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Depends on the state.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 02:41 | 3476379 Harbanger
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"the fact is cops are strangers and you do not have to talk to them about anything."

The strangers that most people talk to about anything and everything are their facebook friends. 

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 19:41 | 3478528 icanhasbailout
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So I farted the other day and I was like, "uh, that felt wet".

Anyway, here's a picture of my lunch

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:18 | 3475637 The Second Rule
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The rage and thirst for revenge is running high, especially among the victims and their families, but, I don't think you can overstate the value of having captured one of the suspects alive. Hopefully, we don't see a Breaking Bad-style, "mysterious death" in the ICU. That would be an outrage.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:29 | 3475705 bunnyswanson
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Hysterical pitch.  Media is determining how the public should react. 

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:32 | 3475714 Parrotile
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 > The rage and thirst for revenge is running high, especially among the victims and their families

 You have just described (in a very succinct nutshell) why America's pretty indiscriminate "War on Terror" is completely un-winnable.

ONE incident has unleashed a torrent of rage and hatred (just Google "Boston Bombing" and you'll see!)

Now - multiply that by the millions killed Worldwide - "for the benefit of the USA", directly, or indirectly, and it provides quite a chilling inkling of what IS in store for the US, not "might be".

The majority of the Global population does NOT regard the US as a friend, or even as an ally.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:38 | 3475760 The Second Rule
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You're preaching to the choir.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:21 | 3475982 kchrisc
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I'll sing alto. hujel

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 00:28 | 3476214 1C3-N1N3
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All your bass are belong to me.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:29 | 3476016 Freddie
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War on Terror is just a jobs program for the defense industry and retards at TSA and DHS. It's not real.

The world does not love us? I thought our baby allah made us loved worldwide.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:17 | 3475971 Dingleberry
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Blow torches and pliers.....time to get medievil on some buttocks.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 23:53 | 3476109 Ginsengbull
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Methylene chloride helps too.


It's available as gasket remover or paint stripper.


If you get ANY of it on your skin, you immediately seek water to wash it off.


It can be one hell of a truth serum if applied sparingly.

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