|Standard issue raid jackets, 5.11s and haircuts|
[ If you ever wonder what it looks like inside a "Command Post," or in the local Police Department, or the FBI during an event like this...just turn on your TV, because they are watching the same thing! The
difference - some of the people on the TV screen are in contact with the "Command Post," so the information comes in a little less filtered. And some are asking, "Do I look fat in my raid jacket?"]
Even with 24/7 coverage, I have questions:
- Did the brothers rob that convenient store or not?
- If the older suspect is married - where is she? Why are high school friends on every channel, but not her?
- How did the younger brother escape the fire fight where his brother was killed? (As it turns out, he was bloody and injured, likely sweating - how did a K9 not track him from the vehicle?)
- Did the suspect open fire from the boat where he was hiding? Shots were fired, but it was also reported that FBI negotiators received no response from inside the boat?
|I would like to see the Federal Death Penalty be used - if ever there was a place for it, this is it - if ever there MAY be deterrence, this is it.|
I have these questions because there are conflicting reports in the Media - and because I wouldn't bother anybody closely related to the investigation...say, some of the people in the photos. I don't know why I am even listening to the media, but my curiosity is piqued.
...some of the big news now is in reference to Miranda Warnings - and whether or not the investigators should have read them. This is absurd that this is even being talked about. The suspect has severe injuries, and he is in the hospital. It would be idiotic to tell him he has the right to remain silent. There is no issue or conflict here - but I heard NUMEROUS "experts" including Alan Dershowitz, comment that he needs Miranda Warnings, and that investigators are making a mistake. The mistake is the media and the 'experts' making assumptions, and of law enforcement making ANY COMMENT AT ALL ON THE MATTER.
Worse yet, wayward tardy-gaited canker-blossoms John McCain and Lindsay Graham saying that Miranda Warnings are not necessary, that he could be treated as an Enemy Combatant. And these are the men we choose to make our laws? He is a United States citizen committing a crime inside the United States - I think this has happened before. There is some precedent.
Miranda Warnings must be given when a suspect is *in custody and *being questioned. Does anybody think they are questioning the suspect now? If the suspect waves his right to remain silent, *he must do so knowingly (ie he must understand what he is doing - which would never fly after he was SHOT IN THE HEAD AND UNDER MEDICATION). There is a "public safety" exception - which would only apply here if there was something he could say about further bombs or suspects - and there is no indication (from the media) that applies.
...but wait, lets say they questioned him without giving Miranda Warnings. What happens? Does he go free? Do the agents go to jail? Does John McCain retire? No. Those statements are not allowed into court. Whoa! Are they allowed in intelligence reports? Yes. Are they allowed in the tell-all books that will be written? Definitely - with artistic license.
I'm just sayin'....