In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent capture of one of the perpetrators, some troubling issues have arisen. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other Republicans (of course) are calling for Dzhokar Tsarnaev to be held as an “enemy combatant”. Can you claim the bombing was “terrorism”? Of course. However, this isn’t a foreign national in custody…it’s an American citizen.
The kid is scum…he deserves to punished under the full weight of the law. I can’t imagine why ANY human being would do the acts he’s accused of. Given the evidence, there currently appears to be little chance of him escaping at least a lifetime in prison. The issue about how he’s being treated under the law isn’t about Dzhokar Tsarnaev himself, it’s about American ideology.
The Tsarnaev brothers certainly turned Boston upside down and instilled a lot of fear in folks. I just hope that fear doesn’t cloud people’s judgement about what America stands for. This ISN’T Russia. The Tsarnaev’s left Chechnya to escape an oppressive regime, one where brutality and lack of due process under the law were threats to all who opposed government control. I don’t know why they turned to such a despicable act, but it would be ironic if their presence and crime in America moved OUR justice system towards a system more like Russia’s.
Watching the news coverage of the events, I can’t also help but be concerned about the media’s (and public’s) fixation on their religious status. The younger brother in custody is an American citizen. I would bet the farm that he WOULD have been read his Miranda rights, that he WOULD have been treated as a normal “criminal”…if he hadn’t come from Chechnya, and ESPECIALLY if he hadn’t had indications of ties with the Muslim faith.
I understand the concern about further danger, and of course authorities want to know whether there are any other collaborators or any other explosive devices that may be out there. However, to me, it’s (yet another) act of mass murder committed by an American citizen. While his background should indeed be relevant to the investigation, it should NOT drive how he is treated under the law.
Read the scum his Miranda rights, charge him in the criminal courts, and let him spend the rest of his miserable life in high-security prison. Treating an American citizen as an “enemy combatant”, even a scum like Dzhokar Tsarnaev, just means that the Tsarnaev’s have won.