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'Enemy combatant' tag could pay dividends for this country

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 23, 2013
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Boston returned to somewhat-normal on Monday, one week after the Boston Marathon bombings triggered a series of events that kept the area on edge until the second, surviving bomber was captured Friday night. The question facing authorities now is, how best to proceed legally?

After 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended, some in the media questioned law enforcement about the fact Tsarnaev hadn't been read his Miranda rights. A public-safety exemption to Miranda allows for questioning for a brief amount of time, but regardless, there is a wealth of other evidence available to prosecutors, including video of the Tsarnaev brothers at the scene of the bombings.

The bigger question was whether the administration would name Tsarnaev an enemy combatant, which would have allowed for extensive questioning without a lawyer. As The Wall Street Journal pointed out in an editorial Monday, the goal should be preventing a future attack, and questioning allowed under the enemy combatant umbrella could help to that. “Especially because President Obama has barred enhanced-interrogation techniques, such long-term psychological pressure can be crucial to learning if the brothers worked with anyone else, if they received terrorist training, and more,” the Journal wrote.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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