John Kriesel says Boston bombing suspect "shouldn't have constitutional rights"
Kriesel: "There needs to be special laws for punishment of sonofabitches like these two guys."
Former state representative and decorated war hero John Kriesel is known for being an outspoken gay rights advocate, but he's no liberal when it comes to national security.
On Friday night, Kriesel got into a heated debate with some of his Twitter followers after he said captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "shouldn't have constitutional rights" and doesn't "deserve due process."
Over the weekend, some Republican members of Congress called for Tsarnaev to be questioned prior to being read his Miranda rights. As the Washington Post writes, "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." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, actually wants the Obama administration to classify Tsarnaev as an "enemy combatant." That designation would allow officials to question Tsarnaev indefinitely before any charges are pressed.
Of course, others, including Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, argue "the general concept that long-standing rights should be eroded in the name of Terrorism is indeed odious, and the specific attempt to abridge core constitutional liberties on US soil under that banner is self-evidently dangerous," to use Greenwald's words.
In any event, here's a sampling of tweets where Kriesel laid out his controversial view:
IF YOU ARE A TERRORIST, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. END OF STORY. DON'T KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE AND YOU'LL BE FINE. #gotobed-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) April 20, 2013
Final thought, when you kill/injure innocent Americans in an act of terror and get caught on video you don't deserve due process. #goodnight-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) April 20, 2013
Tsarnaev, 19, is a naturalized American citizen, though in practice citizenship isn't sufficient to guarantee constitutional rights. For instance, in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son were killed in Yemen by extrajudicial American drone stikes despite being American citizens.
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