Dzhokar Tsarnaev and his Miranda rights

I am not well versed in legal matters, much less US ones.  So, I found it baffling that it is permissible for US authorities to interrogate Dzhokar Tsarnaev without having first ‘Mirandized’ him.

A nephew of mine who was up last weekend from the US for the funeral of our aunt tried to explain to me both the legality and the logistics behind it.  Because of the family obligations the past weekend, I could not really track this down right away, but my nephew did point me in the right direction.  (Thanks, PJ!)

It seems that it boils down to this:  a person can be arrested and interrogated without having been ‘Mirandized’ and it is perfectly legal – it’s just that what the person says cannot be used against him/her in the court of law.  Here is an excellent legal analysis of this very topic.   (Via Popehat)

‘… But recall that under (1), the government is still free to question Tsarnaev outside Miranda as long as the government accepts the uncertainty of whether those statements would be admissible in a criminal case against him. Assuming that the evidence against Tsarnaev’s many different crimes over the last week is likely to be overwhelming, agents may not need any statements from him for a criminal case…’

 

 

Understanding the Islamic Bombing of the Boston Marathon

 

How our kids can become radicalized to the point of murdering innocents…

Before the identity of the Boston Bombers was revealed, Salon.com carried an article titled “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”

Well, what do you know – they got their wish!

One of the brothers is indeed an American citizen and both are about as Caucasian as you can get, in fact…  They are both devout Muslims, too!

Which just goes to unmask the ‘soft racism’ inherent in the ‘leftists’ own claim that to criticize the actions of some Muslims is a form of racism…  The colour of one’s skin does not determine a person’s belief system.

Aside:  I wrote earlier that a Saudi national, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was under police detention in a Boston hospital, first as a suspect and then as a ‘person of interest’.  Then, after Obama held an unscheduled meeting with the Sudi Foreign Minister, we found out that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi was only a few days away from being deported to Saudi Arabia because of national security concerns…due to his ties to terrorism.

While in our society, each one of us is free to determine their own path in life, in tribal cultures like Saudi Arabia, the clan one is born into have a huge influence (and place limitations) on their life choices.  And the Al-Harbi clan has close ties to Al-Qaida – and many of his clansmen are currently being held in Gitmo… He may indeed be quickly and quietly disappeared into Saudi Arabia, or, following protests over letting a suspected terrorist slip from US jurisdiction, he may remain.  We shall see…

Which still leaves us with two young men, who both appeared to be well focused on their future and with infinite potential, choosing to bomb a public event

This has left many people in the US and worldwide wondering what is happening to the young people, living in comfortable middle-class families, to radicalize them?

And it is not just in the US that this is happening.  Here, in Canada, we have just found out that 4 young men have been radicalized (some of them converting to Islam from other religious faiths) and taking up arms as jihadis.

Perhaps our life is too comfortable!

Young people – especially intelligent and ambitious young men – strive to achieve, to overcome real challenges.  And, if they don’t think the society permits them to do just that, some of them just may search out a challenge outside the bounds they perceive as being set out by society.  Perhaps…

Being an immigrant to Canada myself, my family was helped by older immigrants from our ‘neck of the woods’ (the other side of the iron curtain – the nationality seemed less important than the shared experience of having been oppressed by socialist totalitarianism).  Many of these people had kids who were born in Canada – my age, plus a bit or minus a bit.  As I watched these 2nd generation immigrants grow through their teens and early twenties, I was struck by just how many of them followed a somewhat predictable pattern:  those who were very self-conscious, perhaps somewhat insecure, and did not quite know how to integrate their parents’ ‘differentness’ with their new country’s identity – the very people who, in the larger society would be most likely to ‘rebel against their parents’ in a self-destructive manner, in order to define their own identity – these kids were the most likely to embrace the most extreme Marxist views.

Looking at immigrants who tried to escape the oppression of Sharia, their kids who would be following the same pattern I had observed would be the ones most likely to be radicalized into Islamist jihad…

Of course, my observation is anecdotal, and I am not offering it as anything more than just one hypothesis.

Other hypothesies – and probably more likely ones – are being proposed by the moderate Muslims living in North America, like Salim Mansur and Tarek Fatah, who warn us of certain mosques whose members (perhaps even imams) seek out the vulnerable youths and radicalize them.  And, yes – these mosques are funded largely from Saudi Arabia or Iran and supplied with radicalized imams/ayatollahs from abroad.  If it were not for the vigilance of our moderate Muslims sounding the alarm bells, we would not know how to look for such subversive activity.

But, this subversive activity does occur!

Here is an example from Massachusetts itself:

In Canada, this also occurs…one does not have to look further than the virulent anti-Semitism in a Calgary Mosque, as documented by BlazingCatFur:

‘TORONTO, April 17, 2013 – B’nai Brith Canada is questioning why the investigation of its complaint to the Calgary Police about a Muslim website www.muslimsofcalgary.ca has been shut down. The Jewish human rights organization brought the complaint earlier this week after anti-Jewish postings were brought to its attention. One posting, for example, relied on the notorious antisemitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” to allege a global conspiracy by the Jews to dominate the world. Another article posted stated that “Jews have deviated from the path of their religion as seen in their manners, debauchery and immorality.” Further postings have been brought to light that are equally offensive.


Highlights Of Muslims Of Calgary Hate Screeds Collection

Muslims Of Calgary: Quote Protocols Of Elders Of Zion To Prove Freemasonry A Jewish Plot

Muslims Of Calgary: Jewish Pornographers Destroy Nations By Seducing & Degrading Women

Muslims Of Calgary: Call to Jihad – The Jews Have Been The Enemies Of The Ummah Since Allah Began His Call

Muslims Of Calgary: Jews Corrupt Muslims To Steal Their Land

Calgary police are exercising ‘asymmetric’ application of justice in rejecting hate-speech claims against these rants, while non-Muslim critics of Islamic supremacism are dragged in front of the Human Rights Commissions/Tribunals.  And, it is not any better in Edmonton…  So much for Canada’s free-ist province.  The pattern is being repeater over and over again.

And, as soon as it becomes undeniable that the perpetrators of terror violence had indeed been Muslims, the Ummah unifies in cries of ‘backlash’…demonstrating just how skilled some of their numbers have become in turning aggression of some of its members into the appearance of victimhood  of all of them…

It is time we, the non-Muslims of the Western world, started to listen to Muslims like Salim Mansur and stopped giving audience to Islamists and their puppet organizations!  Perhaps then we could shut down the Mosques which DO preach hate and violence and radicalize our youth and replace them with Mosques which do not owe an allegiance to a foreign islamist regime.  This would go a long way to making not just our society safer, but to improving the rights of ALL Muslims to be as moderate as they wish in their practice of their faith!

Remember:  standing with the moderate Muslims against the Islamists is not racism, it is a positive application of freedom of religion!!!

Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi: the ‘person of interest’ under police guard in the Boston Marathon bombing

UPDATE: 

Saudi national, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was under police detention in a Boston hospital, first as a suspect and then as a ‘person of interest’.  Then, after Obama held an unscheduled meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister, we found out that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi was only a few days away from being deported to Saudi Arabia because of national security concerns…because of his ties to terrorism.

While in our society, each one of us is free to determine their own path in life, in tribal cultures like Saudi Arabia, the clan one is born into had a huge influence on their life choices.  And the Al-Harbi clan has close ties to Al-Qaida – and many of his clansmen are currently being held in Gitmo…He may indeed be quickly and quietly disappeared into Saudi Arabia, or, following protests over letting a suspected terrorist slip from US jrisdiction, he may remain.  We shall see…

*   *   *

Ask yourself:  why do you have to read about this in a blog?

The mainstream media is, again, abdicating their responsibility to inform of the facts…

From a since deleted Fox report, saved by Debbie Schlussel:

‘A source close to the investigation confirms to FoxNews.com the man whose apartment was searched is considered a person of interest in the case, and is the same person of interest Fox News confirmed earlier authorities are guarding at a local hospital. The source confirmed to FoxNews.com that the person of interest is Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a 20-year-old Saudi. His Facebook page identifies him as a current or former student at the New England School of English. He is believed to have entered the country on a student visa.’

3 Dead in Boston Marathon Bombing

UPDATE 8:  24 hours after the fact, the death toll stands at 3, 17 in critical condition and some 170 injured (with many amputations).  There were 2 bombs, made with pressure-cookers and black powder and packed with shrapnel of nails and ball bearings.  he investigation continues.

UPDATE 7even more photos – some are repeats, some are not…you can actually see several of the ball bearings with which the bombs were packed imbedded in the hand of the elderly woman in the wheelchair.

UPDATE 6:  Reuters is reporting the dead include an 8-year-old boy and that many runners who had just finished had lost their legs…

UPDATE 5:  Even more pictures.  Warning: extreme suffering, NSFW, NSFL!!!  Poor people…

UPDATE 4:  Some pictures of the aftermath of the bombing.  NSFL!

UPDATE 3:  If you are still looking for loved ones in the area, here is Google’s person finder for the Boston Marathon Bombing.

UPDATE:   12 dead, at least 50 injured with at least 10 amputations – as reported by The New York Post, which also says federal authorities have a 20-year-old Saudi national suspect under guard at an undisclosed Boston Hospital.  First explosion is reported to have happed in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel. (H/T:  Atlas Shrugs)

UPDATE 2:  LIVE VIDEO of the 1st explosion

CNN is reporting 2 people have died and 28 have been injured in today’s (15. April 2013) bombing at the finish-line of the Boston Marathon:

Authorities in Boston have found other explosive devices that they were working to dismantle, a federal law enforcement source told CNN. The devices were “low flashpoint,” and did not appear to have shrapnel inside them, the source said.

Blasts near Boston Marathon finish line
Eyewitness: People ‘very badly hurt’

It was unclear who may have planted the bombs. There were no credible threats before the race, a state government official said.

The Telegraph reports there was a third blast near JFK library, with no injuries (and not just ‘so far’, I hope).

CBC also carries the story.

When  heard the first breaking news about this on CFRA radio, they reported that people on the scene were warning each other ‘to stay away from garbage cans’, so, presumably, that is where the explosive devices were concealed…

Sad, so sad.