Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doesn’t think that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the protection of the Bill of Rights that are afforded to all criminal suspects; he wants him to be held as an “enemy combatant” and treated as such.
For all the horrific crimes that Mr. Tsarnaev is accused of, he is still an American citizen, he committed his crimes in America, and as far as anyone can tell so far, he and his brother acted of their own free will and were not in the service of another country. In those respects he is no different than Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, or Eric Rudolph, who bombed the Atlanta Olympics. The legal system dealt with them just fine and without invoking the holy mantra of 9/11 and the fetid PATRIOT Act.
Mr. Graham is a lawyer and also served in the JAG Corps, so he should know the law. But he’s also a craven sycophant to the right-wing cowards who think that anyone with a name that sets off Spell Check should be denied their basic civil rights because… just because. That makes him just as much of an anti-American terrorist as the Taliban.
PS: Scott Lemieux at LGM explains why Tsarnaev should be Mirandized.