Saturday, April 20, 2013

Decisions, Decisions UPDATE: Decision Made - Miranda Read to Terrorist 32 Hours Before Required

Now that Boston terrorist bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been caught, the big question is whether or not to hold him as an enemy combatant or to read him his Miranda Rights and allow him to be lawyered-up.

The entire time they were chasing this guy down, as much as I would have liked to see them blow him away, I hoped that they would get him alive so that we could find out if there are other people involved.  Once he's dead, there's a good chance much of this information would probably die with him.

According to this article, "...the public safety exception that allows suspects to be questioned without being read those rights expires 48 hours after the arrest...".  Some serious decisions need to be made really soon.

Via:  Fox News

Republican lawmakers urge Obama to use 'combatant status' for bombing suspect
Top Republican senators urged President Obama on Saturday to hold the suspect captured in the Boston Marathon bombing as a potential enemy combatant -- denying him a government-appointed attorney and other legal rights under the “Law of War” so investigators can learn about other possible attacks.
After his capture Friday, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights, which essentially state those arrested have a constitutional right to be told information they give to officials can be used against them.
However, the public safety exception that allows suspects to be questioned without being read those rights expires 48 hours after the arrest.
“The events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city,” Sens. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; John McCain, Arizona; and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire, said. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent.”
They were joined in the statement by New York Republican Rep. Peter King.
Read more... 

The article includes a Fox video interview between Martha McCallum and Sen. Lindsey Graham (which I can't seem to post to the blog), but you can access it at the article link. He makes a good case for charging the terrorist as an enemy combatant.  

Not surprisingly, "...The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about Tsarnaev being questioned without being read his Miranda rights."  Why am I thinking Mr. Obama would side with the ACLU?  Can you say "Major Hasan"?

He will be interrogated by the Obama administration's High Value Interrogation Group.
Justice Department officials tell Fox News they hope to file charges against Tsarnaev by the end of the day Saturday.
Federal public defenders said Saturday they have agreed to represent Tsarnaev.
Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Tsarnaev after he is charged.
Conrad said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."
Graham's group says:
"We remain under threat from radical Islam and we hope the Obama administration will seriously consider the enemy combatant option,” the Republican lawmakers said. “We are encouraged our high value detainee interrogation team is now involved … .A decision to not read Miranda rights to the suspect was sound and in our national security interests.”
President Obama in the immediate aftermath of the bombings declared them an “act of terrorism.” And he vowed after Tsarnaev’s capture Friday to get answers but has yet to say whether the administration will use the combatant status.
Here is another interesting article I found:
Boston bombs: Obama lulled America into false confidence over terror threat

UPDATE 4/25:
Boston jihad bomber clams up after being read Miranda rights 32 hours before it was required
BOSTON (AP) - The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings acknowledged to the FBI his role in the attacks but did so before he was advised of his constitutional right to keep quiet and seek a lawyer, U.S. officials said Wednesday.Once Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his rights on Monday, he immediately stopped talking, according to four officials of both political parties who were briefed on the interrogation but insisted on anonymity because the briefing was private.  Read more...


  1. You bring the board, I'll bring the water.

  2. I think it will be just one more cover-up.

  3. Let him see a tray of bullets sitting on a strip of bacon near his cell.

    1. There you go again, Odie...whatever happened to PC?

  4. We need to make sure that he is not part of a much bigger Chechen offensive of the United States. We now lack Russian intelligence analysts here in the US, and this means that we can't fully assess radical Chechen Muslim threats. We depend on the Russians to do this for us, and they had already warned us of Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago. We need to make sure there are not more Chechen cells and ascertain whether these were simply two disgruntled young men who were mentally destroyed by radical Islam, the bitter Chechen war of their childhoods, and by their dysfunctional nuclear family. Please see posts on the Russian Language crisis in American intelligence at rationalpreparedness dot blogspot dot com.

    1. Thanks for the link. I would imagine we'll be learning a lot about these two in the days ahead. What I find disturbing is that they had been warned about the oldest brother. Wonder if it crossed their minds that he could be involved.

    2. I think the Obama Regime believes their own propaganda, which is that "everyone loves us now". I believe the terrorist threat is as real as it ever was, just with newer players whose names we may not yet have.

    3. I'm sure they do believe it. They also have let the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate our government. The Muslim Brotherhood has a lot to do with why our government handles the terrorist threat and Islamic radicalism with kid gloves. Heck, they won't even use the words to describe what it is...Islamic radicals, Islamic it's man-made disasters.

  5. We had over 7,000 heavily armed cops, with the FBI and with a few other local and Federal agencies with heavily armed trucks and other heavily armed vehicles and Bomb sniffing Dogs hunting a single 19 year old kid in Boston, while 4 million cowering Bostonians stayed in their homes, under the kitchen table for almost a day.
    That alone should totally embarrass you.
    In my opinion, the two terrorist brothers and their mentors, whoever thy are won in their heinous plot in Boston. And the Boston Police as well as the FBI and all the other agencies who took part miserably failed in their task of defeating these pipsqueak terrorists. If you look at what really happened the Terrorists won. . They won because Terrorist like to inflict a physical and a economical blow as severely as they can. They won on this point without any doubt. The Boston police force and other security agencies failed miserably to weed out the known terrorist (elder brother was known to the police-FBI) from this crowd, failed to catch him for 3 long days, and these pipsqueaks killed a Policeman while the Boston Police and the FBI and allowed the terrorists to run away so easily from their hands and the worst among all imposed their own blockade while 4 million people to stayed in their homes for almost a day.
    This three ring circus. sure didn’t do anything to make anyone feel any safer.
    In the days to come, we will hear many stories of bravery and professionalism in the media, but the bottom line is it was a very poor show of our security agencies, and need to be investigated by a high level commission. For this mess and for the FBI’s failure to stop them before they even started, as they were warned not only once but twice. Amd maybe next time the TERRORISTS would NOT WIN.

  6. Is this maddening, or what?

    Apparently, our DOJ doesn't give two hoots about the national security of America.

    I can barely stand to read the news these days.

  7. too horrific for words CL..I am back I think!!! xoxoxoxox

    1. Hello Angel. Happy to hear you "think" you're back. I hope so. Missed you.

  8. hey CL! HAPPY MOM'S DAY TO THE LOVELY LADIES!!!...XOXOXO Have a great weekend to all the gentlemen..heh* :)

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  10. There were four pressure pots at the finish line.
    The two brother only had one a peace.
    Two were set off by the police.
    And the Media stopped reporting about the other two after two days.
    I thought I read a passport once appoint-a-time.
    Does it not say that if a citizen of the USA takes up arms against the USA the citizen will have their citizenship revoked?
    How did the Boston pressure pot placer at the finish line, who ran over his brother - not lose his citizenship?
    Oh, that dadburn Holder strikes again!

    1. A traitor losing citizenship for murdering fellow citizens in a terrorist attack doesn't seem like enough justice. How about the death penalty?

  11. Losing the Citizenship would put the case in the hands of a Military court not civil or criminal court.
    And such would be the choice not to read Miranda. That's all I'm saying.
    Why the thought of reading Miranda-he should be charge as a non-citizen.
    Like I said, Oh, that dadburn Holder strikes again!


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