Democrats still misrepresenting the Arizona law
Citing the possibility of racial profiling, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is among those calling for the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled to be played in Phoenix.
Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, has similarly asked the players to boycott and Players Association executive director Michael Weiner has come out against the law. . . .
Of course, Eric Holder talks about the possibility.
TAPPER: Do you think it's racist?
HOLDER: I don't think it's racist in its motivation. But I think the concern I have is how it will be perceived and how it perhaps could be enacted, how it could be carried out. I think we could potentially get on a slippery slope where people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done, and that is I think something that we have to try to avoid at all costs. . . .
But this guy then talks about suspending Miranda rights. Weren't these guys going nuts about Bush doing this before?
TAPPER: Critics say that he should not have been -- some critics say he should not have been his Miranda rights, the right to remain silent, et cetera. Now, I know that the public safety exception was invoked, so before he was read his rights, he was interrogated. But does the current Miranda system, which was created before I was born and was updated, this public safety exception, in 1984 -- so none of the crafters were really aware of this plot, this threat that we face today.
Does it give you the flexibility you need?
HOLDER: Well, that's one of the things that we're looking at. I think we have to first say that the system that we have in place has proven to be effective. We have used our law enforcement authorities that we have as they now exist very effectively. People have been given Miranda warnings. People have continued to talk, as was the case here, as was the case with Abdulmutallab in Detroit.
But I think we also want to look at make determinations as to whether or not we have the necessary flexibility, whether we have a system that can deal with the situation that agents now confront. The public safety exception comes from a case called Quarles that dealt with a -- the robbery of a -- of a supermarket.