A bill that would give law enforcement more leeway during interrogations of people deemed a public security risk would “gut” the rights afforded to people who have been arrested, critics say.
The bill, put forward at the end of last week by US House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), appears to have the unofficial backing of the Obama administration, at least in principle.
The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010 would extend to four days the period of time that law enforcement has to question a terrorist suspect before bringing the suspect before a judge.
Currently, as Schiff explains in a press statement, officials have six hours to present a suspect before a judge. Statements taken after that time would be inadmissible. Schiff’s bill would give interrogators four days, provided the US attorney general or Director of National Intelligence sign off on it.
The bill also includes a clause expressing Congress’ belief that authorities can delay reading a national security suspect’s Miranda rights “for as long as is necessary.”
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