In a interesting column today in The Wall Street Journal, Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey confidently asserts that the Boston Marathon Bombings were an act of Jihad against the United States. Mukasey raises concerns about a civilian court's ability to handle a terrorism case. In particular Mukasey, a former Chief Judge of the Southern District of NY himself, states the following:
"If the intelligence yielded by the FBI's investigation is of value, will that value be compromised when this trial is held, as it almost certainly will be, in a civilian court? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers, as they have every right to do, will seek to discover that intelligence and use it to fashion a case in mitigation if nothing else, to show that his late brother was the dominant conspirator who had access to resources and people."
In addition, Mukasey emphasizes his concern with President Obama's response to the attack:
"There is also cause for concern in the president's reluctance, soon after the Boston bombing, even to use the "t" word—terrorism—and in his vague musing on Friday about some unspecified agenda of the perpetrators, when by then there was no mystery: the agenda was jihad.
For five years we have heard, principally from those who wield executive power, of a claimed need to make fundamental changes in this country, to change the world's—particularly the Muslim world's—perception of us, to press "reset" buttons. We have heard not a word from those sources suggesting any need to understand and confront a totalitarian ideology that has existed since at least the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1920s."
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