On Tuesday, to help observe the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings, I was a guest on Fox News Channel to talk about the trial proceedings for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and how it might compare to the case involving Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood Shootings.
As a co-conspirator with his brother, Tsarnaev will be held responsible for the murders and attempted murders in the bombing and in the manhunt following the bombing. My concerns with the pending trial are twofold — the first is that his defense lawyers will do everything possible to postpone the trial and delay justice, and the second is that Tsarnaev will use the public platform the trial affords him to expound on his radical Islamic extremist views. New revelations about a message that Tsarnaev scrawled on the boat he was hiding in when captured indicates that this was an act of jihad, and that he wasn’t just pressured into the plot by his brother, as some have surmised.
I believe that Tsarnaev will be brought to justice, as there is overwhelming evidence against him, and I believe that the judge will try to move the case along as fast as possible. The case will serve as a reminder that jihad is still a very real danger to American safety and security, and it only takes the motivation of one or two individuals to carry out an act of terror.