So, should alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be denied Miranda rights? By now I’m sure you’re aware that last week’s drama in Boston has come to an end. As of last Friday night, alleged suspected terrorist, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been under heavy police guard at a local Boston hospital. His arrest marked an end to what would go down in history as the most epic week of terror and siege in the history of Boston, Massachusetts. I have a lot to say as it relates to last weeks events, but I’ll hold off on that for a minute. Instead, I wanted to pose the question as the title suggests as it relates to this critical phase of justice since his apprehension. So, should alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be denied Miranda rights?
From what I’m hearing, the Feds are planning to question Tsarnaev without reading his Miranda Rights. You know, that common phrase we all have come to know on television and movies? You know, the one that says. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…” yadda, yadda, yadda. Apparently in a case like this, the safety and welfare of the general public supersedes anything the U.S. Constitution says. I don’t exactly know how and when that all came about. But, I’m going to assume that it’s something new that’s part and parcel of president Obama’s socialist playbook, which has nothing to do with freedom, justice, and the American way. Yep, because a true patriot like George W. Bush would do things differently
But at any rate, this is what is going to be done, and I’m sure it will be challenged by the likes of the ACLU and other Constitutional do-gooders. So, with that said, aside from the question of whether Tsarnaev should be labelled an enemy combatant (you know, because somebody has to be waterboarded for disrupting life in Boston as we know it), should the reading of Tsarnaev Miranda rights be denied in the interest of public safety? In other words, should the interest of public safety trump one’s basic fundamental Constitutional right to not be a witness against themselves as is the written intent or protection of the fifth Amendment of the US Constitution? Again, should alleged Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be denied Miranda rights?
This from MSNBC:
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies Sunday were working critical new leads in the Boston bombing in what has become an international investigation stretching to Russia and neighboring republics. The lead suspect in the case, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remained in serious but stable condition in a Boston hospital with wounds sustained before police took him in to custody late Friday. Officials said he was recovering from a throat wound and was unable Sunday to speak with investigators from his hospital room.
Federal authorities were preparing charges against Tsarnaev that would likely include committing a terrorist act with a weapon of mass destruction. Two bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston marathon killed 3 people and injured more than 170 last Monday.
Tzarnaev’s brother and suspected accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a shoot out with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday. Authorities are focusing the investigation on trips that Tamerlan, who was 26, took in 2012 to Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim region of Russia in the Caucus Mountains. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that as early as 2011, Russian authorities had raised concerned about the older brother and requested that the FBI monitor him in connection with suspected terrorist activities.
Success in the fast-moving investigation was likely now to depend heavily on cooperation between Russia and The United States, uneasy allies on a number of issues including counterterrorism. For years, Russian leader Vladimir Putin sought to portray his military’s crackdown on Muslim regions as part of a larger counterterrorism effort. U.S. officials often saw it more as an attempt to suppress human rights and religious freedom.
The Tsarnaev brothers were born to a Chechen family in Kyrgyzstan but had settled in the United States with their parents by 2003. The younger Tsarnaev became a naturalized American citizen in 2012 and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a legal permanent resident. The parents currently reside in Russia. The Boston attacks left 3 dead and more than 170 injured.
In a statement, the FBI said Russia’s initial request “stated that it was based on information that [Tsarnaev] was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.””
In response, the FBI said it interviewed Tsarnaev and his family. Officials said the investigation included examining Tsarnaev’s telephone records and visits to extremist websites, reviewing his travel history and education, and analyzing his associations with other persons of interest. The search did not find any links to terrorism but the bureau followed up by requesting more information from the Russian government. The FBI said it did not hear back from Russia, NBC News’s Pete Williams reported.
The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, confirmed that her son had spoken with the FBI then.
“He was counseled by the FBI for three, five years, they knew what my son was doing” she said. “They knew what actions and what site on the internet he was going.” But her remarks became unclear when she suggested the FBI may have been concerned about him. “They used to come talk to me, they used to tell me that he’s really a serious leader, and they are afraid of him.”
She said she was certain her sons had been set up and that, although her oldest son Tamerlan was involved in religious politics, “he never told me that he would be on the side of jihad.” In an earlier interview, her husband Anzor Tsarnaev insisted that his youngest son was a “true angel.”
“He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here,” he said of Dzhokhar.
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