Christmas Day Terrorist Given Miranda Warning After Talking With FBI

Christmas day terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab spoke with the FBI for over an hour before he was sedated, and then read his Miranda rights after the FBI decided he would no longer talk. After his explosive device misfired, Abdulmutallab was taken to a local hospital and treated. He was questioned by FBI counterterrorism agents during this period. Abdulmutallab had to be sedated for treatment, and upon waking up he did communicate with the FBI.

During his initial questioning, however, Abdulmutallab made statements like "others were following me" that indicated possible additional attacks were planned. The FBI continued to question him, relying on an exemption to Miranda that allows questioning to seek crucial information on a pending crime.

Many lawmakers on Capital Hill are upset that Abdulmutallab was read his Miranda rights after waking up, saying that he still possessed vital information and questioning should have continued. 

Officials OKd Miranda warning for accused airline plotter | Los Angeles Times


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