Friday, May 7, 2010

The Middle Ground Sucks

The Obama administration seems to be doing its signature triangulation on civil liberties, making full use of the exception that allows law enforcement to delay mirandizing suspects and interrogate first:

"It looks like to me they're trying to find this middle ground between saying the Constitution applies with full force and the Constitution doesn't apply," says Sam Kamin, a professor of criminal law and procedure at Sturm College of Law in Denver who has written about terrorism interrogations. "It seems to be a deliberate strategy."

I suppose it's better than not mirandizing at all, but this seems like an area where finding the middle ground isn't really a great thing (if it ever is).

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