Following the failed terror attack Times Square, right-wing pundits were divided over whether Faisal Shahzad, the naturalized American citizen allegedly responsible for the attempted bombing, should have been Mirandized by authorities upon his arrest. Liberals were baffled to find themselves in agreement with Glenn Beck, patriotic poster-boy of the conservative media. "He's a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens," said Beck on an episode of Fox & Friends.
Bill O'Reilly, Beck's colleague at Fox News, didn't sit back in shock. Instead he grilled Beck--his partner on the "Bold and Fresh Tour"--about his stance on Mirandizing Shahzad. "All right, Beck, you are in big trouble now," began O'Reilly, before engaging Beck in a heated discussion:
O'REILLY: The — this is where, you believe that these terrorists should be read their Miranda rights right away. I think you're wrong, but I understand where you're coming from.
BECK: No, no, no. Citizens, Bill. Citizens.
O'REILLY: Terrorists, some terrorists are citizens.
BECK: Yes, and here is what you have. Remember, we're running this like a police operation. So, if the police bust you, when does that citizen become guilty? I thought we had to prove that.
O'REILLY: No, but here's the deal. They want to pass a law that says if there's an imminent threat of a terror act...
BECK: Look, I am all for Jack Bauer.
O'REILLY: ...that's suspended.
BECK: Nipple clamps go on if we're 24 hours away and we think a bomb is going to go off.
O'REILLY: Let's pass a law that says if the authorities feel there's a terror act underway...
BECK: No way. No.
O'REILLY: ...Miranda rights can be suspended.
BECK: No more power.
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