56 Percent of Americans Are Too Soft to Fight Terrorism
Greg Sargent finds a plum for liberals inside a new CNN poll.
As you know, the police and FBI agents always inform suspects of their constitutional right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present during any questioning. Do you think law enforcement officials should or should not follow this practice for people who are suspected of attempting to commit an act of terrorism?
Should not 43%
What’s more, 65 percent of respondents say the FBI was right to Mirandize Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be bomber of Northwest Airlines flight 253.
As Greg points out, the poll is hardly pure sunshine for the Obama administration, since 59 percent want Abdulmutallab tried in a military court. (The poll doesn’t mention the exponentially greater success rate for civilian prosecutions of terrorists.) But, he concludes, “The above numbers about Mirandizing suggest that it’s possible for Dems to win an argument about national security. The White House has mounted an extremely agressive pushback on its decision to Mirandize terror suspects, and the above numbers suggest the White House may be winning this particular dispute.”