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  •  I don't have a transcript of the interrogation (5+ / 0-)

    so I can't comment on the quality of the questions or answers, that was essentially my question.

    I don't do interrogations, but  I assume they were less interested in a confession of guilt as "was it just you and your brother" (note the assumption of guilt, I wouldn't have had doubt and I don't think the officers did, that he was there and helped plant the bombs, that he shot at people, etc.  Further it is not their jobs to judge the doubts, but to find evidence, it helps to keep an open mind, but an open mind still isn't a large sieve.)?  " Anyone else help you make the bombs, that still have materials or bombs, guns, etc.?" "Are they planning to use them, where, when?"  "Where did you and your brother leave bombs or guns/ bomb making materials?"

    Your questions presume the officers doing the questioning are guilty with less cause than they had to presume the young man they were questioning was guilty.  You also presume they were wasting time asking questions they already knew the answers to that had nothing to do with the fact that there really truly could have been more bombs, friends who were helping them that could plant those bombs, etc., out there.

    And of course, and following directly from the questions I posed, there had to be times after his arrest and before he appeared before the judge where he was unconscious, in surgery, under heavy sedation, pain killers, etc., that would have made anything he said totally unreliable.Those questions will be sorted out if any evidence related to his statements from early on are brought up.  That is what the process of trials does, it  llows these issues to be explored.

    There are bad actors in the justice system, but as we see here in the legal decisions posted from time to time, there are good actors as well.   The rule of law requires the patience to let the system work.  I don't mind people doing some speculating while we wait, I like to indulge in it, too, but I think we all need to keep in mind that we have limited information as the public, and lots of things may have been playing out that we might not know for a long time.

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