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Florida Tea Party Rep on Boston Bombing: FBI ‘Did a Great Job’

Agrees with Obama administration decision to not designate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant.

Nicholas Ballasy


April 26, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel said he agrees with the federal government’s decision not to treat surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant.

“He’s an American citizen, correct? Then he should be treated like any American citizen and that means due process, and yes civilian [court]. As much as it may be painstaking for the American people, it’s what’s right for all Americans,” Radel told PJ Media on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Republicans on the Hill, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), have advocated for enemy combatant status that would not see Tsarnaev tried outside federal court but would have given officials more time to mine him for intelligence.

The Obama administration opted against enemy combatant status this week and read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, after which he reportedly stopped talking to authorities.

Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police, was put on two government watch lists in 2011.

Tsarnaev was also interviewed by the FBI but they did not connect him with terrorism. Despite this, Rep. Radel remains “proud” of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

“I am absolutely not going to sit here and criticize the FBI or any law enforcement that was involved in this. They did a great job. I’m confident that if the FBI find missed gaps in what happened in the past, that they’ll correct it in the future,” said Radel, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“As we understand it now, it’s a shame but I’m proud of what law enforcement did from the federal side to the local side, as local as Watertown, what they did not only to help that area but to help our country in general.”

Radel is a radio host who was supported by the Tea Party in his bid for Congress.

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at

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Sad, this Tea Party Rep must be in on America's grand "shake-down", too!
Eventually the truth will out!!! Can America and Americans handle the truth?
This administration's Circling-the-wagons on full display! Entertainment central! Marie Antoinette "let them eat cake!" on full display for all of the world to see!!! A feckless, rudderless, corrupt administration four hundred times worse than any New York Tamanny Hall could have ever enacted. Mayor Daly at "warp speed" steroids!!! Laughing all the way to the bank!
This one is easy as A-B-C! One has to understand Benghazi. Also, Fast & Furious and The fact ICE agents (some 5,000 strong for 50 states plus Puerto Rico, mind you LA has some 10,000 strong police force) have been told to "stand down!" Don't ask for any papers!!!(Janet Napolitano's memo). And Border Patrol agents have been told to allow border crossers free access into all border towns across the USA. AND, not to in any way-shape-or form question Aliens in the USA with extended stay tourist, educational medical or other visas. DON'T QUESTION ANY ALIENS!!!!! Especially the Boston Bomber!
COVER UP! COVER UP! COVER UP! IS the name of the game! If the Bombing jihaddi, Islamic terrorist had spilled the beans to FBI interrogators: 1)Obama/Napolitano's plan would have made the light of day;2)exposed Obama's administrations Kabuki theatre and 3)made a mockery of Boston's Bombing;4)further unraveling OBAMA's Arab Spring offensive. Just watch out for the coming pretzle twisting liars in this administration's fabrications. Kerry overseas- making nice(no real line in the sand), Obama in the White House- making nice(cracking jokes) and Hillary running around- making nice("I didn't know nuttin'!), Billy-Boy cracking jokes-making nice...its a massive entertainment distraction people.Jimmy Carter on steriods!!!Replay any of Jimmy boys videos!!!You'll see!!!We The People MUST hold these We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC's feet to the fire.
Watch the "Right hand" forget the "Left hand!" Its flim-flammery of the highest order. Pray. Amen. The immigration Bill is a joke, more PORK than TARPI &II combined. Gun Control another joke with crooked Biden at the Helm(what kind of "smoke-filled-room" deals has he made!); Sibelius with her crazy Standards; Cass Sustein with Bill Ayers and Van Jones creating their Leninized "soviet!" Jarrett connivving for profit with Penny Pritzker and Holder manuevering for personal gains. Wake-up America, for our Creators sake! She's being washed down the drain for pure "crony-capitalism!!!"Obama's selling and stealing America blind!!! Damn it, wake-the-blank-up!!!Tea Party unite! Oust this supposed Tea Party RepTrey Radel and others like him!Please!
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He's from my area. He isn't a bad guy. Dumber than a bag of hammers here, but he's stuck. Before he got into politics he has simple answers, not always good one, but simple.

Now that he is in the mess, he finds it harder. Just as Rubio did, Scott, and the rest.

Politics and government are beasts which live for their own survival. Good and right, and common sense mean nothing to it.
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so why were we giving citizenship to a person that needed welfare, and if we can give that citizenship, why can't we take it away when the person attacks countrary to the the oath of citizenship that he took.

This isn't a natural born citizen with birth rights, and speaking of that anyone see the story where people pled guilty to voter fraud, in the case of faking signatures that allowed obozo to be put on the ballot????

And who was it telling us that voter fraud is minor, and the indicted people seemed to only have added about 100 people on the fraud list, but enough to allow obozo to be on the ballot.

If he was vetted, he never would have even been eligible because he wouldn't have had sufficient signatures to be placed on the ballot.
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Aw come on Trey Radel (whoever you are), couldn't we have at least have interrogated the surviving terrorist for a few days? He shut up instantly after receiving his Miranda rights. This just isn't right. The man has been a citizen for what, a year now? So we literally watch him murder and dismember fellow unsuspecting Americans, by the score, and all we can do is ... accept it as some sort of Constitutional protection? Something is very wrong here, and you, sir, are *NO* representative of the Tea Party, so far as I understand the term.
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Where has this guy been for the last five years? It should be obvious to everybody by now that the Department of Homeland Security is dangerously incompetent under the Obama Administration. For the last five years they have wasted time, money and manpower on monitoring imaginary "domestic terrorists" like returning veterans and conservative political activists. Meanwhile our real enemies have been allowed to plot and carry out devastating attacks on the American people with virtually no scrutiny. How many radicalized mosques are in this country with illegal arsenals in their basements, training young immigrant men to become jihadists? We will never know, and DHS probably no longer has the resources to find out. Because they squandered their resources on purchasing billions of bullets in a futile attempt to dry up the supply and disarm the American public. That kind of short-sighted incompetence deserves a criminal investigation.
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