by F. Grey Parker
Yesterday, America's news viewers were greeted by a stunning debate framed innocuously in between either Vote Vets ads or promos for Goldline, depending on their predispositions. As everyone by then knew, a failed attempt had been made by a man named Faisal Shahzad to blow up Times Square. What's more, it was already clear that this was no super villain. Rather, he was another inept loser who was going through foreclosure and had seemingly romanticized martyrdom. We also had learned that he was, in fact, an American citizen.
Faisal Shahzad photo copyright NYTimes 2010The fact of his citizenship was where the story had suddenly gotten interesting. A sizable portion of the country's political class was arguing that he, like so-called "enemy combatants," should not be Mirandized. Marc Thiessen, torture apologist, was taking his disdain for the Constitution to the next step. Thiessen is easy to dismiss at this point as he has been shown so clearly to be a liar.
But there were others who echoed Thiessen's sentiments. Sen. John McCain (R-AR) said giving this unpleasant American citizen his Constitutional rights