April 22nd, 2013
06:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Ashcroft: I would try Boston suspect as enemy combatant

(CNN) - When asked if he would recommend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant, former attorney general under George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, replied, "Yes, the answer to that question is yes."

The White House said Monday that Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Ashcroft is a clown and has no credibility.

    April 22, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Pete

    Mr.Ashcroft why didn't you indict Bush ,Cheney with human rights violations as 150 other countries have or are you as blind as republicans in both houses,posters here seem to be.5000 military innocent men,women ,thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians murdered by lies and the war unfunded as well climbing to well over 2 trillion dollars!!Are we held at a higher standard never to answer to any other countries summons to justice when we ourselves seems to be our own worse enemy especially when sticking our nose where obviously we need not belong...We complain of injustices in other governments in far away lands when its us that have the most tainted in public offices nationwide,know it but do nothing about it..We the supposid leader of the lost have nothing to say because as most would say with us its the blind leading the blind as one could say and hypocritical of it as well ta boot!!

    April 22, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Cephus

    Does it really matter where they are tried? In fact what matters most is where those corporate terrorists who also happens to be your donors and friends should be tried and what people like you have contributed towards terrorism.

    April 22, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Don't do it Mr. President. If THEY want you to do it, it must be the wrong move. Don't fall for the Okie doke. Not that you would..... You haven't so far and lord knows THEY have tried.

    April 22, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    The reality is this: most of us have been 19 and the last thing on our minds, was inflicting this kind of harm to other people (especially those in our own country), but as horrible as this was/is, he's only 19 and this will play a big part in his crimes and sentencing. Like it or not, he'll be sent to prison for the rest of his life which in some cases, (from what I've heard and read) is worse than death.

    Having said that, Sniffit IMO got this 100% right in his previous posts. You should not change the rules even if the crimes are this horriffic.

    April 22, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Name willard

    People see what happened about canada also police caught him at train so he is citizen from plot

    April 22, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Thomas

    The good new's is John Ashcroft is no longer attorney general . And even better , GW Bush is not and never again will be President .

    So this news is irrelevant !

    April 22, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. The Elephant in the Room

    The proper and decent response from disgraced Attorney General Ashcroft would have been , "I no longer hold the position or responsibilities of the head of the Justice Department. It would be PRESUMPTUOUS of me to comment on what is appropriate in this instance. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to know what to say that would be INFORMED or AUTHORITATIVE."

    I have a lot of issues with Baby Bush #43 however one thing I must say is that he went quietly into the night and we`ve not heard a peep from him. Not sure if he just doesn`t want any spotlight pu on his record or maybe he`s a "class act". Either way, his former leuitinents [sp] should follow his example.

    April 22, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein

    I don't understand why he wouldn't try him in federal court. The guy is a US citizen and committed a crime in the US. Why would this be in any doubt? The problem is that we can read the mind of anyone. Only if we could do that would we really would have mistakes like this? Most likely not.

    April 22, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. truth hurts but reality bites

    The White House said Monday that Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant.

    Of course he won't. Nobody ever asked him to be. People just wanted him to be initially be declared an enemy combatant in order to interrogate him for a while. He'll easily be convicted in a court of law with all the other evidence so the government does need him for that. He should be exploited for any intelligence they can get out of him before he lawyers up. But of course, the Obama administration doesn't believe we are really in a war against AQ. They consider all of this a law enforcement matter. He even sent the FBI to Libya. What a joke.

    April 22, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Jesse

    Ashcroft you blew it when you let the FBI keep the lead on terrorism cases.

    April 22, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Larry L

    When Ashcroft was visiting Fort Sam Houston years ago (when he was AG) we were required to send Soldiers to the area he would be speaking to check for calico cats – animals he believed to be associated with the "Devil". We were never told what do do if we saw a calico cat – I'm not certain the Soldiers even knew what one looked like.

    This same man want a cover placed over the statue of Lady Liberty's bare bosom. Imagine a person like that being the top lawyer in the U.S...

    April 22, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    I can't believe the way some are buying this bombers BS. People actually think this 19 year old adult murderer deserves sympathy, yet a 17 year old child, walking down the street, minding his own business, that smoked a little pot, deserved to be murdered. His reputation completely destroyed by the right wing media. Unbelievable.

    I actually read a few comments about how cute he is, that he looks like one of the Jonas Bros., but all I could think about was so was Ted Bundy......

    April 23, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  14. A Brit

    An attorney general in a bush administration should not have a say in anything.

    What about the War Criminal Bush, Cheney and the rest of their little gang?

    April 23, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. Dennis Freeman

    I bet he would...

    April 23, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    All the more reason NOT to do it. Obama is handling it correctly....If Ashcroft and Duh Duh DUh-bya were still around, we'd have troops rounding people up for waterboarding.....and since when does anyone care what that criminal Ashcroft has to say anyway?

    April 23, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. ronvan

    ENEMY COMBANTANT!! NEVER considered by the president! This is Ashcrofts moment in the picture thats all. WHY would anyone want this terrorist tried under miliary law, when OUR legal system has an almost perfect record in convictions in these cases? Can understand the Feds. trying to get information out of him, BUT, it appears right now that he is saying/writing it was just the two of them? Hopefully the Feds. have alot more leads and evidence to answer those questions. Soooo if found to be just the two of them then the death penalty should apply! NO plea bargains, back room deals, etc.!

    April 23, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Jules

    I don't think anyone thinks this bomber suspect deserves sympathy, but I do believe we can follow the Constitution in this case and come out with justice being served. This is a citizen of this country we are talking about. Remember all the GOP hoopla over the drones being used on radicalized US citizens? Where are they now? Calling for setting the Constitution aside. This is always the way it is with the GOP lately. Let's follow the Constitution when it's convenient and set it aside whenever we want to.

    April 23, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. A Kickin` Donkey

    CNN, raise your game please. The caliber and credibility of the people you stick a mic in front of reflects on you as a business and a news organization. Commentary by Ashcroft has no basis in fact and this less than stellar FORMER AG should have enough respect for the difficulties of the role to say "no comment" to somethings.

    I can`t imagine Cronkite doing many of the unsavory & tabloid-like things that some media properties engage in. Raise your game.

    April 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Chipster

    Criminal Combatant suggests that these 2 common ordinary murderers are something more than what they really are. They're just criminals. Don't elevate them to anything more. Former Attorney General would toss the U.S. Constitution in the trash and simply do what he wants and what might be politically popular! That's pretty appalling and a clear lack of leadership. Like it or not, Tsarnaev is a U.S. citizen. If we fail to protect his constitutional rights, who will protect ours? Anyone who would refuse to follow his legal responsibilities was clearly NOT qualified to serve as Attorney General. It appears that Ashcroft is embarrassed by justice itself, not just the breasts on her statue!

    April 23, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    The problem with treating him as an "enemy combatant" is he would be sent to Gitmo, and we would never hear from/about him again. At least trying him in a civilian court of law we know what's happening. IMO, his citizenship should be revoked upon conviction.

    April 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |