On Miranda

I don’t understand the objection that some people have to Mirandizing terrorist suspects in the US, particularly when they’re apprehended by civilian police agencies.

That said, I can see why it would not be appropriate for the military to Mirandize people they capture on foreign battlefields, but for domestic police agencies arresting people on US soil? No excuse, period. That the FBI contacted the CIA when arresting the suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad to see if they should Mirandize him left me chilled — he’s a US citizen on US soil, yet it’s not automatically assumed that he should be accorded the rights and protections that any other US citizen being arrested? What have we done? How far will this go? How do we stop this?

I’m a firm supporter in due process, and feel that everyone, even suspected terrorists, deserves to be treated humanely, have access to legal counsel, and a fair and speedy trial. I strongly feel that there are absolutely zero circumstances where torture is justified1 .Indeed, I feel that it’s these very principles that separate civilized people from uncivilized people.

Indeed, I’d like to see such protections extended to those captured by the military overseas. While I understand that different rules apply to the military than to civilian police agencies and courts (and that different rules apply to “prisoners of war” vs. “detainees”), I don’t see how it’s unreasonable to ask that these basic protections be afforded to such detainees. If they’ve truly done bad things, then it shouldn’t be difficult to show that in an open and fair court and then legally sentence them to an appropriate punishment (e.g. imprisonment) if they’re convicted. If they haven’t done bad things, then they should be released. Monitor them, perhaps, if its suspected that they’ll lead investigators to other bad guys, but holding people without trial is simply wrong.

The fact that we’re holding detainees without trial and even considering not Mirandizing terrorist suspects — US citizen or not — arrested by civilian police agencies is a dark stain upon this nation’s honor.

  1. That doesn’t mean we need to cuddle prisoners during interrogation, but torture is wrong. Period. []

Secret Underground Lair

The Brady Campaign likely has a nice office for their operations. The NRA certainly does.

What does my hidden base look like? Not much, actually:

Why so barren? I’m moving out of my apartment this coming week, and just ended up selling my desk today, so things are a bit spartan. The textbook on my desk, such as it is, is an advanced undergraduate textbook on thermodynamics; I’m studying for my last finals before graduating.

The gun-rights-lobby consists of a whole lot of ordinary people like myself — though perhaps the others wear pants more often — who take a few minutes out of their busy days to write to their congressmen, write something on their blog, send a brief note out on Twitter, go to the range, or take a new person shooting. Why? Because we’re passionate about it. We shoot and talk about shooting because that’s what we love to do.

Love of liberty is a powerful thing, and as well-funded and politically connected as those who oppose the rights of law-abiding, honest people to keep and bear arms are, they have nothing that comes close.

That said, it’s time for me to get back to studying.

Useless

As a resident of a state where most people use the splattered, baked-on remains of bugs to provide effective shielding of their car’s finish from the intense rays of the sun, I think I’m entitled to politely invite the inventor of touchless, brushless car washes to go die in a fire.

Gone in a Flash

Evidently my USB flash drive walked away from me the other day. It was a nice one too: 8GB, 35MB/sec reads, rubberized, waterproof, and durable. I think someone at work snuck off with it, but the camera footage from the weekend had timed out by the time I inquired.

Oh well.

IWB Holsters

Today I acquired a shiny BLACKHAWK!1 IWB holster for my Glock 19.

Holy crap, this holster makes the gun disappear. As I’m left-handed, I carry around 8:00pm on the clock-style of angular measure, and it’s essentially invisible. Comfy too. The holster is leather2 and has enough flex to fit comfortably without any uncomfortable edges. Super comfy at the desk, in the car, and walking around.

I’m a bit skeptical of the velcro angle adjustment (though one needs to loosen a screw before adjusting the angle), but we’ll see how it holds up.

On a different note, there’s entirely too much Shiny! at the shop, and not enough money in my wallet. I’d like to see this reversed, at least for a short while.

Oh yeah, the FTC can bite my shiny, slightly radioactive ass3 if they think that companies actually want to give me shiny things and have me pimp them out. I wish I was that awesome.

  1. That’s a rather silly name, honestly. []
  2. Made in Italy, too. Somewhat odd. []
  3. Probably not, but if I get ass cancer for sitting next to all that purportedly low-level radioactive stuff in the lab, I’ll get annoyed. []

Running Interference

One nice thing about the recent Arizona immigration law is that it’s running remarkably good interference for the permitless carry law in Arizona.

Sure, the permitless carry law isn’t really a big deal in Arizona, but what little drama that could be stirred up against it has been replaced with ire for the immigration law and I haven’t heard a peep against the carry law in any media recently.