Given that John McCain seems to arbitrarily pick which side of an issue he'll take, I guess it's not surprising that from time to time he ends up on what I consider to be the right side. This is one of those times. McCain is among a group of lawmakers asking that the Boston terror suspect taken alive be treated as an enemy combatant rather than ejoy the protections of our criminal justice system. That the group is right about this seems obvious to me.
The public safety exception under which the suspect was not Marandized upon his arrest Friday night is a very brief one. He should not be interrogated, with harsh tactics, to learn the inception of this attack and the extent to which any others may have been involved. The Obama administration has been downright bipolar on terror. It'll blast to hell suspected terrrorists on foreign soil, but if one is taken into custody, they're treated like a common burglar; they are given the full protection of judicial process.
Americans should take heart that by the end of the week the suspects in the Boston bombings were either dead or in custody. Law enforcement did a spectacular job in the investigative process of this attack (note I said attack and not crime). It's time now to treat the surviving suspect as the enemy of the State that he is. McCain, of course, wouldn't want to see him waterboarded. But at least the Arizona Senator also doesn't want to seem him with a public defender. And on that note, can you imagine the number of defense attorneys literally salivating at the hope that this guy will stand trial in civilian court?