(CNN) - The surviving suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "will not be treated as an enemy combatant," but rather will be prosecuted "through our civilian system of justice," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday afternoon.
"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions," he said.
Yes, I say let the great citizens of Boston have at him. They will make sure justice is served.
If that's the case then why didn't/aren't they reading him his Miranda rights? Is he a US Citizen or not?
There just needs to be consistancy in these issues is all.
"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions,"
But we can be shot in drone attacks?
Since when did the White House begin worrying about U.S. Law?
step 1 in obama's impeachment
which is code for......he will get life in prison, cost the tax payer millions and get to watch TV everyday. Nice work
Nothing to see here. Its just a police matter.
Well, it will take as long if not longer than the trial of the Fort Hood terrorist.
That is a lie, US citizens can be tried in military commissions. By doing this, they are making it harder to get valuable information from this suspect since he can now lawyer up. This administration is like a bad version of the Three Stooges.
That's total BS ... and his citizenship should be revoked because he swore just months ago (obviously lied) to protect the US from all enemies foreign and domestic .. so he's not a citizen and he has no rights.
Fine! But can we at least get someone like Rudy Gulianni to be the prosecutor in the case? I just want to make sure it isn't a government appointed prosecutor, at least not from the current admin....the DOJ is riddled with ridiculousness. Let's not let them screw this up too.
As much as I'd love to see this piece of human waste sent to Gitmo and be water-boarded, I think a stay in federal custody prior to his death sentence being carried out will suffice.
That's fine.....just put him away for the rest of his life.
II'm just shocked! no, not really.
Just another in a long string of outrages perpetrated upon the American populace by the worst president in history...
I never thought he would. The current administration never embraced the enemy combatant concept. A terrorist act is a criminal act to them. Time to vote you left wing idiots out next year.
When anyone, even an American citizen, uses tactics fondly embraced (and created) by terrorists, they are automatically promoted to the rank of "enemy combatants." Our pathetic and waffling government will NEVER stop the plague of such violence with such pronouncements.
If he's found to be in cahoots with a bunch of foreign terrorist I'd begg to differ with Mr. Obama.
Should hold him as combatant, interrogate and buy time to investigate. 48 hours in a hospital bed won't reveal much. Feds can always charge him later.
"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions," he said. – Unless you are overseas, then a drone can zap your ass dead – no due process, no courts, nada.
Really???? Well then how about adding TREASON to the list of charges?
Of course he's a non-combatant!! It was extremely difficult for the WH or anyone associated with it including the press to spit out the terrible words "TERRORIST"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They choked every time they had to utter those words because if you will remember, one of the first things 'Barry' did 4+ years ago, was to announce that there is NO TERRORISM!!!!!!!!
Makes sense; the Supreme Court has already ruled it would be illegal if they tried.
Wait, they have to follow the law and not charge as enemy combatant, but they can violate US law by not giving Miranda warning?
Citizen? Well, OK. The charge should then be "treason". A charge nobody wants to use or even state anymore.