I suspect that the Boston Marathon bombings may complicate the two big issues facing Congress right now. On gun control, I daresay that when the citizens of Boston and its environs were told to stay inside and not to open their doors to anyone other than a uniformed police officer because a terrorist is roaming around somewhere, those who owned firearms were glad they did and many of those who did not wished they did. On immigration, the bombings reminded us that the issue is not just about letting Mexican workers in and letting them stay. It also needs to be about immigrants such as the bombers and keeping them out. Do you agree that this may shift public opinion on those two issues? What other repercussions do you see?
Here is a fascinating account of the police work that led to the identification and apprehension of the Boston Marathon bombers: Police, citizens and technology factor into Boston bombing probe – The Washington Post.
The legal issue now is whether “Jahar,” the surviving terrorist, should be considered an “enemy combatant” or whether he should be given all of the legal rights to which he is entitled as an American citizen, including the right to remain silent. What do you think?
From Fox News:
BREAKING: A day-long dragnet for the second of two brothers believed to be behind Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing ended Friday night, with police capturing the suspect covered in blood and hiding in a boat in the backyard of a man who called 911 after become suspicious of activity on his property. [Read more…]
Lots of things have been happening in the news, including some new developments in topics we have discussed earlier. I’ll just pull together some links:
Have you seen these men? The FBI has released photos from surveillance videos that depict two suspects in the Boston Marathan bombing. UPDATE: They have been identified and a wild chase is going on, as Boston is in lockdown. They are apparently Chechen terrorists. One has been killed. (HT to Tom Hering. As things develop, please let us know in the “comments.” I probably won’t be able to monitor things closely, so I’ll depend on you for further updates.)
A fertilizer factory exploded in West, Texas, 20 miles from Waco, killing between 5 and 15 people and injuring 160.
Letters laced with the deadly poison ricin were sent to President Obama and a Republican senator. The letters were intercepted and an arrest has been made (one Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, someone who doesn’t sound Muslim). Authorities don’t think these terrorist attacks are related to the one in Boston. [Read more…]
It looks like a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, killing two and injuring 100. A Saudi national has been arrested. [I posted an update this morning, but it didn’t go through, for some reason! Yes, the last I saw, the casualty count is now 3 dead and 170 injured. I also said that the Saudi national referred to in earlier accounts is not being mentioned much. He is in custody, but not arrested, though police have searched his home. It is true that we don’t know who did this right now and shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions.]
Two huge explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line at Copley Square just before 3 p.m. today, killing two and causing scores of casualties, including several traumatic amputations on streets crowded with runners, spectators and post-race partiers.
The number injured has soared to 100 — including three children suffering from lower leg injuries, hospital officials tell the Herald. [Read more…]