There’s been a lot of hoopla over the last year or so over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both on the left, right and everywhere else, people have been screaming that this would allow the government to indefinitely detain American citizens as enemy combatants.
And now we have Boston. Two brothers who pledged themselves to a deluded and insane version of Islam. One dead and the other one is in custody. Both are/were US citizens who committed terrorist acts against the people of the United States. They killed two US citizens, a foreign national, an MIT police officer and put Boston in a state of lockdown. If they had been agents of a foreign government or entity, then perhaps under the conspiracy theory interpretation of the NDAA, they could have tried by a military tribunal and sent to Guantanamo Bay.
I’m not going to use their names, I don’t want to give them any more press than they have already received for their acts of terrorism. I don’t want to give them any recognition of any kind, that’s what people like that want.
I will say this. If the NDAA was the law that conspiracy theorists said it was, the surviving bomber would have been the prime candidate for it. Yet, he has not been swept up into the custody of the military. He’s been read his Miranda rights, given the best medical attention possible and given a public defender. He will face a civilian trial if he lives through the aftermath of having multiple rounds from Boston’s finest riddling his body.
So, for those people who want to run around with the hypothesis that the President has some evil and unconstitutional scheme to start indefinitely detaining American citizens without a trial… the first test of that has come and gone. And you were wrong.
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