NBC reports that suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has started answering questions posed to him by authorities. The article says that a "a special high value detainee interrogation team will question" Mr. Tsarnaev without advising him of his Miranda rights. It is unclear whether this team is already at the hospital or Mr. Tsarnaev is answering questions posed by different authorities. It may be unintentional but the report makes one wonder what is the difference between answering questions and being interrogated.
In any event, Mr. Tsarnaev will not be told of his Miranda rights because there is a public safety exemption which allows individuals to be questioned by the police after they are in police custodywithout being informed of their right to an attorney. Emily Bazelon at Slate is concerned about how the exemption has been expanded under President Obama's administration.
What do you think Mr. Torvik? It's been a week since Mr. Tsarnaev allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon. As far as I know, no other bombs have exploded since and authorities believe that the Tsarnaev brothers acted alone. Is the public still in danger? Or should Mr. Tsarnaev be told he has the right to remain silent?