Law enforcement officials have said that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confessed to his involvement in the deadly plot before he was read Miranda rights. He admitted he and his brother acted alone in the grisly crime that killed three and wounded more than 260, according to the Boston Globe.
Tsarnaev also claimed that his brother opposed U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, which led him to become radicalized in an extreme form of Islam. Authorities are saying they are not concerned that his admission will be thrown out, because of the statements made by the victim of the carjacking that took place the night the brothers were found.
The man who was abducted has told police that the brothers pointed guns at him, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev told him, “We just killed a cop. We blew up the marathon. And now we’re going to New York. Don’t [expletive] with us,” police sources told the Globe.
Some people, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have been outspoken in saying that Tsarnaev should have been declared an enemy combatant and not be read his rights.
“This idea that the only way we can question him about national security matters is to go through his lawyer, turns [it] over to the terrorist and their lawyer controlling information to protect us all,” Graham said Monday on Fox News. “That’s crazy. That is absolutely crazy. This man should be held and questioned under the law of war.”
Other groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, have questioned the use of the “public safety exception” as the reason to send in the Justice Department’s High-Value Interrogation Group to question Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen, before being read his rights.
“Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read Miranda rights. The public safety exception should be read narrowly. It applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended exception to the Miranda rule,” said a statement released from the ACLU. “Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions.”
Tsarnaev faces the death penalty after federal charges filed against him included “use of a weapon of mass destruction” and “malicious destruction of property resulting in death.”
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