forward Saturday in their search for answers in the Boston Marathon bombing, and
the person who likely knows more than anyone else is the surviving suspect,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, known to friends as “Jahar.” He remained hospitalized
with gunshot wounds and was “not able to communicate yet,” said Massachusetts
Gov. Deval L. Patrick.
Tsarnaev is at heavily guarded Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center, the same hospital where his older brother, Tamerlan,
26, was pronounced dead Friday after a shootout with
police in the Boston suburb of
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The brothers suspected of being the Boston
Marathon bombers lived in Kyrgyzstan (and possibly elsewhere) before emigrating
to the United States in the early to mid-2000s.
For 102 hours last week, nothing seemed certain
in the manhunt that paralyzed Boston and its residents.
Red flags for the Russians in Tamerlan
Tsarnaev’s YouTube collection.
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of the unfolding events in the Boston area.
Despite efforts over past decade, experts see
few practical ways to shield against small-scale plots.
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shootout between police and the Boston suspects.
“One of the reasons why I and so many others are
hoping the suspect survives is we have a million questions we want to ask him,”
the governor said in an interview. “He’s in serious but stable condition. He’s
in bad shape. He was bleeding for nearly a day. He was pretty weak and not in
If and when he recovers, Tsarnaev is expected to
be questioned by a special federal team of interrogators from the CIA, FBI and
the military, tasked with grilling high-value terrorism suspects. The marathon
bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 170, has not been
linked so far to any overseas terrorist network or any larger terrorist cell
within the United States.
The brothers are also believed by authorities to
be responsible for the shooting death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology
police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, on the school’s campus late Thursday
Federal prosecutors are planning to bring
charges against the surviving suspect, but the complaint had not been filed as
of late Saturday afternoon.
Authorities have not read him his Miranda
rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.
Federal law enforcement officials said they plan to use a public safety
exception, outlined in a 1984 Supreme Court decision, “in order to question the
suspect extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and
to gain critical intelligence.”
A delay in issuing Miranda warnings is justified
when suspected terrorists are captured in the United States, according to a 2010
memorandum from the Justice Department. But on Saturday, the American Civil
Liberties Union warned against too broad of an interpretation of that public
“Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read
Miranda rights. The public safety exception should be read narrowly. It applies
only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended
exception to the Miranda rule,” said Anthony D. Romero, the ACLU executive
The Miranda warning would come into play only if
prosecutors planned to use any incriminating statements Tsarnaev might make
against him. Federal authorities may feel they already have amassed much
evidence against the teenager.
Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for
Massachusetts, told the Associated Press her office expects to represent
Tsarnaev after he is charged. Conrad says she thinks he should have a lawyer
appointed as soon as possible because there are “serious issues regarding