There's no one more outspoken than I against terrorist rights supporters, those who claim that alien terror suspects are entitled to U.S. constitutional rights. Extending the rights of Americans to foreign enemies is not only idiotic, it degrades and weakens the protections of individual liberty that we enjoy in this country, and cheapens the entire concept of U.S. citizenship. But when an American -- naturalized citizen or not -- is charged with a crime, even an act of terrorism in support of foreign enemies of the U.S., that person is still entitled to the rights specified under the constitution.
Senator John McCain asserted today that we shouldn't give the NYC car bomber his Miranda rights "until we find out what it's all about." McCain is wrong. Faisal Shahzad is an American citizen and should be treated as such. If the government can take away the constitutional rights of a U.S. citizen because they aren't convenient in investigating an act of terrorism, then our rights are essentially worthless, subject to being suspended whenever the government decides that an act we are accused of is heinous enough to warrant ignoring the normal constitutional process. American citizenship should mean something. I know it doesn't mean much to terrorist rights supporters, but I'm disappointed to see that John McCain is willing to set it aside as an inconvenient obstacle to investigation.