Breaking: Bombing suspect won't be charged as 'enemy combatant'
April 22nd, 2013
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Breaking: Bombing suspect won't be charged as 'enemy combatant'

(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.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Makes sense; the Supreme Court has already ruled it would be illegal if they tried."

    No it hasn't. Not even remotely. What a ridiculous statement. Nice try at throwing out something you hope other radicalized fright wingers will internalize and repeat tho. I'm sure we'll be hearing some strained arguments with just that kind of silliness in them soon enough.

    April 22, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "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 is a limited exception that allows questioning without Mirandizing someone if authories believe that the suspect possesses information regarding or that may help prevent an imminent attack.

    April 22, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "He should be labelled as an enemy combatant ONLY for the purposes of not being mirandized."

    That's not how it works. Obama invoked the exception to the Miranda, which does not require labelling him an enemy combatant. Were he to do the latter, it would be a grave failure and play right into the hands of people who do these things. "Enemy combatant" is a retreat from our beliefs, no matter how you slice it.

    April 22, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. PaulCat

    It's okay to break the U.S. law this time.
    Why?
    Because Lindsey Graham say so.
    Just because he's in congress doesn't mean he has to make and enforce the law.
    It's his 2nd amendment right........

    April 22, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    The moment he was granted US citizenship, he was given the same rights as any other US citizen. If the government takes away his rights as a citizen, then the door is opened for the government to take away your rights as a citizen. Timothy McVeigh was a citizen, and received justice with his rights intact. The fact that, in this case, he was questioned with out being mirandized could be a huge issue. Hopefully, he has not answered questions that incriminate him and can still be mirandized. I don't know the legalities of this, but it seems logical that the investigators would have taken it all into account before they started the questioning.

    April 22, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    I'm glad Obama didn't cave to the crazies on the right on this one.

    April 22, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Jjohne

    Will he be charged with work place violence ? His sick brainwashed wife should be charged as well. The child should be taken away before the baby is brainwashed.

    April 22, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. rebel_uprising78

    He did a terrorist act people! That is a act of war they had guns and ammo and bombs sounds like a small army to me. Obama and his administration are terrorist sympathizers and I vote for impeachment.

    April 22, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "BTW, where in the US is this guy supposed to find a fair trial complete with unbiased jury of his peers?"

    In a case like this, there wil be an extensive "voire dire" to determine which potential jurors can truly deliberate in an impartial manner. They wil answer questions from each side and from the judge and if they prove they are not up to the task because they are biased or too emotional or have been watching too much freakshow speculation from the MSM and therefore already have funny ideas about it all, then they will be tossed. Jurors will be found. I have faith that there are Americans out there who can still behave rationally.

    April 22, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. bombastus

    Yes...he should be tried under the normal civilian system. He's a US citizen and probably not representing any foreign power. But he should also be taken to the hospitals where his victims have had limbs removed to see with his own eyes what he did.

    April 22, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Dave

    I wonder if The People of Mass, and even more specifically Boston feel (if found guilty) that he deserves the death penalty. What say you?

    April 22, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. John from Brooklyn

    Daniel...THis person was 9 years old when he was immigrated. Come off the high horse of greater scrutiny with immigrants. This guy has nothing to do with your xenophobia.

    April 22, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. scott

    Another in the long line of screw ups by the Obama administration. We wonder why our country is divided down the middle on every issue? Once Obama is no longer in office, hopefully things will get back to normal.

    April 22, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "We will be entertained for years to come with in-depth interviews about: his childhood, a brothers influence, why he felt lonely in a new land, or something more amazing like his first love and where she is now"

    In all reality, he is likely headed exactly where Moussoui went: a tiny cell in culb fed that he lives in by himself 23 hours per day with 1 hour of alone time in the yard under heavily armed guard. He will never be interviewed or seen or heard from again for the most part and he will spend a grueling 50+ years alone while his mind erodes from the solitude.

    April 22, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Michael

    Once he has been found guilty of this crime he may face a revocation of his citizenship. But, until that happens, he is and ought to be treated as a US citizen with all that allows. Please do not misunderstand, I am not on his side. I believe that there is sufficient evidence to prove his guilt to me. I do think, though, that the government still needs to follow the rules even when others do not. Doing so shows that we are about justice. Not doing so shows we are about revenge. No one would condemn a person for feeling that he deserves the same treatment he gave others. But, the government needs to be above that. IMHO

    April 22, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    Correct decision. Howl at the moon all you want. We are a country of laws, not convenient exercises of power. You either believe in them, in our justice system and the rights we afford those who are born or become our citizens or you've abandoned all of it.
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    So then do you or don't you agree with the practice of using drone strikes to kill "suspected" enemies (Alawaki (sp?), for example)?

    April 22, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. rebel_uprising78

    His brother wasn't a citizen he had a green card so in fact the boy was aiding a terrorist to commit a act of war against the United States so isn't that treason? I think some laws need changed

    April 22, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Ty

    In response to Obie's post: Jay-Z is NOT the cause of the bombings. If you want to really follow liberal logic, it was caused by pressure cookers. Their next move is to make regulations on the purchase of pressure cookers!

    April 22, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. John

    Why would they call this kid an "enemy combatant"? They didn't declare McVeigh or the Unibomber "enemy combatants" for the bombs they set off. The kid is a citizen. Charge him with treason then. He has his rights under the Constitution, or at least what is left of them, and pray that the bullet through his throat didn't sever his vocal cords or damage his voice box. If it did, then you'll never know why he did what he did, which is the only reason those senators want him handed over to the military/CIA.

    April 22, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    @Dave

    Our judicial system is appropriate. However, Mass laws do not allow the potential for a death penalty ruling. I think the death penalty should be used only of absolute guilt of the most severe crimes. However, ANYONE knowingly, and willingly place bombs in public places and looking directly at children in the area while placing the bombs deserve such punishment, if found guilty. There are crimes that are so horrendous that the guilty truly deserve the death penalty. This is one of those crimes.

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    Don't worry, Dave. The US is just going through all the red tape right now so that other countries (and nuts within our own) cannot state we are raging war against private citizens. He will be given his day in court and sentenced, then he'll die under mysterious circumstances – mark my word. There are many ways to receive the death penalty in this country.

    April 22, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. basedonfact

    Fair is Fair: Please take note that most of the opposition to the drone program is from the left. I do not support it and most of the people I know do not either.

    April 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Anthrogrl

    What?!? So now he's going to probably get off Scott free because he wasn't mirandized! Sorry I blew up the marathon and killed a bunch of people but now I get live my life with no repercussions. Nice job America now all the criminals will think they have a free pass!

    April 22, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Dave

    Our judicial system is appropriate. However, Mass laws do not allow the potential for a death penalty ruling. I think the death penalty should be used only of absolute guilt of the most severe crimes. However, ANYONE knowingly, and willingly place bombs in public places and looking directly at children in the area while placing the bombs deserve such punishment, if found guilty. There are crimes that are so horrendous that the guilty truly deserve the death penalty. This is one of those crimes.
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    First of all, he's being charged with federal crimes that carry the death penalty, so no worries, your bloodlust just might be satisfied. Second, while I agree there are crimes so horrendous that someone would think the death penalty is deserved, just remember that in an imperfect justice system will leave the possibility of an innocent human being killed. Sorry, it's just not worth it.

    April 22, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Peace

    Republicans answer me please: where will you charge a civilian using assault weapons? as these are weapons designed to be used in a military.

    April 22, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    "He should be labelled as an enemy combatant ONLY for the purposes of not being mirandized."

    That's not how it works. Obama invoked the exception to the Miranda, which does not require labelling him an enemy combatant. Were he to do the latter, it would be a grave failure and play right into the hands of people who do these things.
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    Thanks for clarifying that for me Sniffit. I, in no way want to usurp our laws for expediance sake. That's what the terrorists want us to do. I meant to add at the end of my original post that I'm no legal expert. lol

    April 22, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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