Sen. Inhofe: Obama's 'Misguided Rush to Criminalize Terrorist Investigations' Threatens Security

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 25, 2013 | 12:44 PM EDT

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reacted today to reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, is no longer cooperating with investigators:

"Recent media headlines that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has stopped cooperating with investigators after being mirandized should come as no surprise," Inhofe said in a statement."

"This development only reinforces that the Obama Administration's misguided rush to criminalize terrorist investigations comes at the expense of our national security," Sen. Inhofe added.

Inhofe noted that Dzhokhar cooperated with the authorities up until he was mirandized - and warned the move puts America at greater risk of future attacks:

"Prior to being mirandized, Dzhokhar had been cooperating and providing information to authorities.  This troubling development will impede our efforts to know the facts surrounding the attacks in Boston and whether the attackers had ties to extremists abroad.

"This Administration needs to understand that the threat of terrorism to the Homeland remains real. Their decision to mirandize Dzhokhar less than one day after beginning to interrogate him sets a terrible precedent and could impede our efforts to stop similar attacks in the future."

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