Thoughtful political debate is what Peach Pundit is all about and as hard as it may be to comprehend, Front Page Posters here disagree from time to time. Given the events of last week and the ongoing debate about how to deal with terror suspects captured here in the United States, we thought it would be beneficial to have such a debate here on the front page. The political combatants today are Yours Truly and George Chidi. Below is my offering. To see the opposing viewpoint click here. – Buzz
Even before the brothers Tsarnaev were apprehended Friday (one deceased, one in custody) the debate over what to do with them should they be captured alive was in full force. It’s not as easy question to answer, especially for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother captured late Friday, who is an American citizen.
I’ve come to the conclusion after listening to debate and reading numerous articles that invoking the public exception to the Miranda warning, as has been done, may not give us enough time to find out who else may be involved in the Boston Marathon Bombing plot. As Senator Chambliss points out, the public exception to Miranda is meant to be for a very short duration.
“Given what we know, and more importantly don’t know, about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, this terrorist should be fully interrogated as an enemy combatant before any consideration is given to providing Miranda warnings. I am disappointed that it appears this administration is once again relying on Miranda’s public safety exception to gather intelligence which only allows at best a 48-hour waiting period that may expire since the suspect has been critically wounded.”
It’s clear the Tsarnaev’s had other bombs and I doubt those were for their own amusement. How and where did these two obtain the bomb making materials and the weapons in their possession? One appears to have been unemployed and the other is a college student. Where did they get the money for all this stuff, and what about that Saudi National injured at the scene? We need more than 48 hours to get these and other questions answered.
Treating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant while we get as many of these questions answered seems to be the proper course to take. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are at war with terrorist who use a radical strain of Islam to motivate their violent actions. Pretending this can be solved by law enforcement and our Courts exclusively is naive. Allowing this particular suspect to be questioned for a brief period of time and then turned over the U.S. Attorney and the Boston D.A. For criminal prosecution won’t violate his rights and may save many other lives.