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Bryan Preston


November 11, 2013 - 10:12 am

The ACLU is working with the Boston bomb suspect’s counsel to define torture down.

In documents filed last week, the ACLU stated it planned to fight for the accused 20-year-old terrorist’s right to access to his attorneys and information his lawyers claim is critical to defending him against a potential death sentence, calling it “no trifling matter” that in the ACLU’s view Tsarnaev’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial was being threatened by the conditions of his solitary confinement at the federal lockup at Fort Devens.

The former UMass Dartmouth student’s taxpayer-funded counsel will go before O’Toole tomorrow to argue for vacating what they deem “extraordinary and severe” restrictions they liken to “torture,” including that Tsarnaev is denied TV and radio, family photos, prayer with other inmates and visitation from anyone other than his lawyers and immediate family.

What they’re calling “torture” used to just be called “prison.”

The judge in this case, George W. O’Toole, isn’t buying the “torture” accusation. He tossed the ACLU’s memo out of the case record.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Have you coddled a terrorist today?
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It's hard to be sympathetic about Tsarnaev's plight. But let's break a few things down.
Tsarnaev has been accused of a dreadful crime but he has been convicted of nothing.
He has to be kept secure from fleeing and safe from other inmates. Fair enough.
Persons in pre-trial confinement routinely only have contact with their immediate families and their attorneys, so I have no gripe there.
Persons in confinement, pre-trial or otherwise, are usually permitted access to TV, magazines, reading material, family mementos and religious services. Each restriction of these -- which are really rights during pre-trial confinement -- must be justified specifically by the circumstances of the defendant. That's true for Tsarnaev as it was for George Zimmerman. Perhaps more so since Tsarnaev is never going to make bail.
Whatever we think of Tsarnaev, we have to protect his rights for two reasons. First, his rights and Zimmerman's (or yours or mine) are the same until we are convicted or acquitted. Second, we threaten to become what we behold if we trample Tsarnaev's rights.
And no, it's a far, far cry from torture. It's possible Tsarnaev got some training, maybe even saw some video, of the real thing.
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