Boston Bombing & Patriot Act
In the early afternoon of April 15th during the 117th Annual Boston Marathon, two bombs were detonated and exploded, killing 3 people and injuring 183 others. The bombs had been placed near the finish line, along Boylston Street. The bombs, which were pressure cooker devices detonated at 2:49 p.m, 13 seconds apart. No warnings had been given, and no one has been arrested or claimed responsibility for the bombing.(Bacon)
The FBI have found two suspects that are responsible for the explosion. Brothers Dzhokar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were caught on camera placing backpacks that contained what believed to be the bombs. After the images were released to the press, the two were found in Watertown, Massachusetts, where Tamerlan was killed after a gun battle with police, leaving Dzhokar wounded and then later captured. Dzhokar Tsarnaev is at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Kelly Lawman said.
Meanwhile, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham congratulated law enforcement on the arrest of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and noted that the incident should be prosecuted as a terror case. The "perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorist trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans," the senators said. "Under the Law of War we can hold this suspect as a potential enemy combatant not entitled to Miranda warnings or the appointment of counsel."(Edelman)
Suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is in serious condition in the hospital, Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said. But how did law enforcement find suspect Tsarnaev? A Watertown resident saw blood on a boat in his neighbor's backyard, Davis said. "He opened the tarp and saw a man covered in blood," he said. The man retreated and alerted law enforcement. Despite being bloody, the suspect exchanged gunfire with authorities from his hiding place, Davis said. Tsarnaev did not...
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