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  •  The practical matter is (5+ / 0-)

    that people being interrogated are shit-scared out of their minds and cannot think, and they are intimidated into silence.  To presume their consent to interrogation by that same silence is simply to say that we LIKE 'em scared--we like it that they blow their rights along with crying and messing their drawers. Of course we like it. All police states like it.

    •  I doubt that. From 5yrs experience as a muni cop (5+ / 0-)

      in a metro area.

      People talk and talk and talk because they think they can talk their way out of what they have done.

      It's arrogance, not fear, that leads people to waive Miranda.

      No public option. Well, at least we are no longer in Iraq or Afghanistan...

      by Pierro Sraffa on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 08:28:35 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know.. Cops have warped perceptions. (2+ / 0-)
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        samddobermann, Matt Z

        Being a cop, like being a customer service rep or working in retail, warps your perception of humanity.

        Most of the people police (and CSRs and retail people) deal with are Total Assholes.  If you're a cop, they're Total Assholes Who Might Shoot You.

        Like right here.  

        People talk and talk and talk because they think they can talk their way out of what they have done

        There's a presumption that anybody you've arrested has done something, and anytime they open their mouth they're just trying to get out of it.   And of course, most of the time this really is true.  Cops don't arrest ENTIRELY the wrong person THAT often.  When 85% - 90% of the people you deal with are in fact lying scumbags, (it might be more like 99% ) it's pretty easy to assign the qualities of a lying scumbag to those few you encounter who actually aren't.

      •  but what if they haven't done it, haven't done (1+ / 0-)
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        Flaming Liberal for Jesus

        anything wrong, people who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  They babble too, out of fear.

        What about when someone, asked a question babbles away, not knowing that he would be suspected of something, not considering he would be arrested?

        "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - Rabbi Tarfon

        by samddobermann on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 02:16:31 AM PDT

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