Suspects Planned Times Square Attack
By Harold Hutchison
The surviving suspect in the twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon admitted that he and his brother planned to set off similar bombs in Times Square in New Cork City. This came as controversy continued over the decision to Mirandize Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed the bomber’s statements, which came during interrogation. The Tsarnaev was interrogated on two occasions, the last occurring from Sunday evening to Monday morning, prior to being short-circuited when a federal judge read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey claimed that the decision to read Tsarnaev his rights could only have come from the highest levels of the Justice Department, citing the presence of both a federal prosecutor and federal public defender. Once Tsarnaev was advised of his rights 16 hours into the interrogation, he shut up. Media reports have indicated that the FBI was hoping to get 48 hours to carry out the interrogation under the “public safety exception” that has been in place since 1980. In 2009, Umar Abdulmutallab was Mirandized after only 50 minutes, and also clammed up.
Writing at NationalReview.com’s blog The Corner, former Bush Administration Justice Department official John Yoo said, “The Obama administration may well be leading the nation down the path to the worst of all possible options in its obsession with treating terrorism as a law-enforcement, and not military, problem.”