If alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev doesn’t hear his Miranda rights, does it matter?

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America is America because of the freedoms we afford our citizens. We have democratically elected officials, we are allowed to disagree with our government and we speak freely and openly on social, political, and religious topics. When we are accused of crimes we have the right to an attorney, we have the right to remain silent even under interrogation and we are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law before a Judge and a jury of our peers. We are not all direct descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims (who were the original immigrants to the indigenous peoples’ land) and many of us, our parents, our grandparents, came to America as immigrants from other countries seeking those very freedoms and adding to the diversity and unique nature of our country. For our government to take those rights away, to tear away the constitutional protections which should be afforded even to a nineteen year old citizen accused of a grisly act of domestic terrorism, shakes the bedrock of constitutional principles which makes our country truly great. We must care about the rights of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. If not for his sake; for ours.

For more on this topic seeĀ http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-racial-justice/constitution-applies-all-americans-no-matter-what-they-are