The arrest of Faisal Shahzad in the attempted Times Square car bombing revived the debate over terrorism policy, as President Obama's supporters and critics squared off over how the nation should handle those plotting against it, the New York Times reports. Shahzad was interrogated without initially being read his Miranda rights, and provided what the FBI called “valuable intelligence and evidence.” After investigators determined there was no imminent threat, Shahzad was read his rights to remain silent, but he waived them and continued talking, the FBI said.
The case touched off the same sort of argument that followed the attempted Christmas Day boming of a passenger jet bound for Detroit. Some Republicans urged the Obama administration to interrogate Shahzad without affording him Miranda rights and to classify him as an enemy combatant, which would allow authorities to detain him indefinitely. Yesterday, Sen. Christoper Bond of Missouri, senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “We've got to be far less interested in protecting the privacy rights of these terrorists than in collecting information that may lead us to details of broader schemes to carry out attacks in the United States.”