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How to charge the Boston bombing suspect

Posted at 6:33 PM, Apr 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-20 21:32:23-04

He’s identified as suspect number two in the Boston marathon bombings.

The 19-year-old who helped cause terror in Boston is now in the middle of what some are calling the “aftermath controversy,”  as several lawmakers are pushing the Obama administration to treat him as an “enemy combatant,” rather than a common criminal.

Today we talked with Peter King, a Long Island congressman whose position as a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee has brought him close to this case.

“There’s so much intelligence that we don’t have that he could give us,” King said.

But he says in order to obtain any information, authorities need to continue to hold off on giving the surviving suspect his Miranda Right, which state, those arrested have a right to be told information they give police can be used against them.

King reminds us of those questions that only a suspected bomber could answer.

“Is there anybody else involved in this cell? Did he receive money from anyone? How did he and his brother get money to buy weapons and explosives?  Who did he meet with in Chechnya… are there any other cells here in the country?” King said.

King and several other high powered senators believe these acts were not made by common criminals attempting to make a personal profit; they were terrorists trying to injure, maim and kill innocent Americans.

“I do believe the average American would realize that the battlefield has now shifted to the United States. This isn’t just two people who kill people in the United States. They were enemy combatants in that war.”

King says it could be a long shot for the Obama administration to give the suspect  “enemy combatant” status, but failing to do so may be a huge national security mistake that lawmakers think would limit our ability to get critical information about future attacks from this suspect.