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Udall: We Need Answers on Radicalization of Tsarnaevs, Counterterrorism Cooperation with Russia


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Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed news today that federal prosecutors will try Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in civilian courts. Udall, however, said he wants to explore Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's radicalization and the nature of U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with Moscow, among other emerging issues.

"As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, there are many questions I want answered, such as how and when the suspects became radicalized, details of the FBI's initial investigation into Tamerlan Tsarnaev's activities, the nature of the terrorist threat in southern Russia, and more information on our counterterrorism cooperation with Moscow," Udall said. "But one thing I do believe is very clear at this point is that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be brought to justice in our civilian courts. I am troubled by suggestions that the Obama administration should declare Tsarnaev an enemy combatant and hold him under the law of war. That would be a disservice to the hard-working people of our criminal justice system, who have convicted over 300 terrorists in federal courts. That system is working, and we should continue to allow it to work."

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