Boston Marathon bombing: the blame game begins
Just days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the political maneuvering and blaming have begun. Some lawmakers fault the FBI for not following up on intelligence about one of the alleged bombers. Others want to prosecute the surviving suspect as an enemy combatant.
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"Unfortunately, that intelligence service stopped cooperating," said Rep. Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. "What happens is that case gets closed down."Skip to next paragraph
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How to prosecute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is becoming another point of contention as well.
On Saturday, key Republican lawmakers – Rep. King and Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Graham – urged the Obama administration to prosecute the younger Tsarnaev brother as an enemy combatant, which would deny him certain legal rights afforded those charged in civilian courts. Others have suggested that he be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D) of California said that’s not a good idea, noting that the US Justice Department has successfully prosecuted 435 terrorist cases in civilian court.
“I do not believe under the military commission law that he is eligible for [designation as an enemy combatant],” Sen. Feinstein said. “It would be unconstitutional to do that.”
“I think there’s going to be a great deal of evidence put together to be able to convict him, and it should likely be a death penalty case under federal law,” Feinstein said. "I very much regret the fact that there are those that want to precipitate a debate over whether he's an enemy combatant or whether he is a terrorist, a murderer, et cetera."
No matter how the political maneuvering turns out – and it’s beginning to feel like earlier debates over how the Obama administration wants to prosecute terrorists – law enforcement officials investigating the attack have no doubt about who was directly responsible, and that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev intended to wreak more deadly havoc.
Boston Commissioner Ed Davis told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that authorities found an arsenal of homemade explosives after a gun battle between police and the suspects in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday, the AP reports.
"We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene – the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had – that they were going to attack other individuals," Mr. Davis said. "That's my belief at this point."
Federal prosecutors hope to charge Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as early as Sunday, a Department of Justice official told CNN.
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