What Should Your Legal Rights Be?
Remember this, every time you hear political pundits asking “What are the Boston suspect’s legal rights?” – referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, keep this important fact in mind:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a citizen of the United States of America.
When they ask, “What legal rights should Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have?”, the real question they’re asking is What legal rights should every American citizen have?
If federal government takes legal rights away from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after all, they only way they can do that is to set a precedent for the revocation of the same legal rights from every other American citizen.
Otherwise, we don’t have legal rights at all – only a security state that we hope won’t turn its gaze on us.
Unless you are willing to have yourself subjected to a particular form of interrogation, don’t ask for that interrogation to be applied to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.