No one values due process more than I do. After all, my dad's cousin spent 14 years in a Cuban prison without a trial. I understand the arguments that people have certain rights. There is no bigger right than being represented by an attorney or objecting to indefinite detention.
However, this young man in Boston is no political prisoner or US citizen who robbed a bank. He was not picked up by a secret police for saying that Obama did not close Guantanamo.
"The important security issue isn't convicting Dzhokhar but finding out what he knows that might prevent a future attack or break up a terror network. This is where naming him an enemy combatant would be useful. Such a designation allows for extensive, long-term interrogation without a lawyer. 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."
We need to name him an enemy combatant so that we can gather some intelligence, or information about his potential allies and their plans.
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