Jack Remillard wrote:Can anybody explain to me why not reading him the Miranda warning is a good idea? That seems like it could be counterproductive.
After 9/11, federal (not state) law enforcement agencies were given the ability to waive suspects' Miranda rights in situations of suspected terrorism or threats to national security. Doing so allows law enforcement officials to question suspects and use any information gathered during interrogations to build a case before the suspect "lawyers up" on invokes the right to remain silent. It doesn't allow the cops to sent a suspect to Guantanamo or indefinitely hold up their trial; even with this kid the FBI had 72 hours to charge him and they waited until almost the last minute.
It's a very controversial policy that has the potential for abuse and thus isn't used that often. You have to have a pretty good evidence that the suspect presented such danger, and in this situation the evidence is extremely solid so far.
Only the feds and cops know if the kid "wrote" a confession or provide any information during his pre-Miranda period.