Congressman Peter King Joins Lawmakers Calling For Boston Bombing Suspect To be Labeled As Enemy Combatant
April 22, 2013
Demands that Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, be treated as foreign terrorist.
(Long Island, NY) Following the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon last week that caused the killed three people and injured over 180, New York Congressman Peter King, R-Seaford, is demanding to have the remaining surviving suspect of the two sought by police in connection with the crime labeled as an “enemy combatant,” effectively depriving him of the right of Due Process in his prosecution.
King released a statement this week from his Massapequa headquarters to the Obama Administration in conjunction with U.S. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte, insisting that Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who is accused of planning and carrying out the Boston bombing with his older brother, Tamarlan, 26, be considered a foreign terrorist after detonating two home-made bombs at the marathon, spraying bystanders near the finish line with deadly shrapnel.
“It is clear the events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city,” King said. “The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans. The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent.”
Tamerlan was killed by police after a fierce firefight, and Dzhokhar was apprehended later after a massive manhunt, and currently is being held in serious condition in a Boston hospital. He has not yet been read his Miranda Rights, as police are invoking a “public safety exception,” which is typically used when authorities feel a reasonable need to “protect the police or the public from immediate danger.” Civil rights advocate, however, are protesting this move
The brothers were born in Kyrgyzstan, and are ethnic Chechens. Both brothers are Muslims. They and their family immigrated to the United States in 2002; Dzhokhar became a naturalized U.S. citizen on September 11, 2012, whereas Tamerlan was not considered a citizen, but only a permanent resident of the United States at the time of his death.
Boston’s police commissioner said he believed the brothers were likely planning additional attacks, based on a cache of weapons uncovered that included an arsenal of homemade explosives.
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