We’ve read that Whitey terrorized the City of Boston for decades but have difficulty finding anyone who was terrorized by him. Unlike during the time of the Boston Strangler when women thought twice about leaving their homes, you can’t find one person who had the same feeling because of the existence of Whitey Bulger. Whitey did murder some people, most of them criminals. His buddy Stevie Flemmi murdered at least 13 people before he met Whitey; his other buddy John Martorano murdered at least 8 people before meeting Whitey; and afterward each pumped their total murders to over double the amount the Whitey was found by a jury to have been involved in. Yet no one speaks of Martorano terrorizing the Hub nor of Flemmi doing it. It is only Whitey.
But we do know there is a person who is alleged to have actually terrorized Boston. He is Dzhokar Tsarnaev whose first name is pronounced like the word Joker would be pronounced by us Bostonians. He and his big brother, Tamerlan, who may or may not have been an FBI informant, are alleged to have set off two bombs in the crowd of people watching the Boston Marathon for the express purpose of killing and maiming people and terrorizing the populace. This act succeeded in murdering three people including a young boy; and maiming hundreds others. The cops shut down the City of Boston and neighboring towns in their search for them. The actions that the Joker was alleged to have committed are those of a true terrorist.
Whitey wasn’t a terrorist. He was a local hoodlum who through violence took over the control of other criminals from whom he extorted monthly rent payments; over a period of years he managed to murder his rivals and those who happened to be cooperating with the cops who he perceived as threats to him.
I ask who is worse. You’d think based on the actions of the U.S. Attorneys office and the federal court in Boston that Whitey was the terrorist and Joker was some kid caught up in the wrongdoings of his brother. Speaking of brothers, talking to some people about Whitey’s brother Billy you’d have thought he was like the Joker accompanying Whitey during his murders.
What I’m referring to is this recent news article that says the judge in the Joker’s case urged the prosecutors to compromise with the defense counsel to make Joker’s life a little easier. The prosecutors have agreed to do this. I had to wonder is this the same prosecutor’s office that fought tooth and nail to ensure Whitey received no breaks?
Whitey was confined to a cell 23 hours a day and we learned during the trial that at times he was stripped searched five or more times a day even though he never left the cell between these humiliations. Had that thought merely passed through the mind of one of Joker’s jailers she would have been summarily fired.
The article notes that in giving the defense team greater leeway in discussing the plight of Joker, “All the defense team members would report, and are accountable to, the top four lawyers named in the case.” Whitey had two lawyers; Joker gets four top lawyers and who knows how many others. Of course we pay for all of them.
You know what I think about the Joker, the act he is alleged to have committed is an act of war against the people of Boston who are citizens of the United States. A person doing this type act is no better than those people who we have been summarily killing with our drones in foreign countries who have never harmed an American. People who join with the enemy in the war on terror, whether citizens or not, should be treated like enemy combatants.
Joker was born on July 22, 1993; at the time of the bombing he was 19 years old. Some suggest he was led astray by his brother and that at that young age he was not able to be fully responsible for his actions. That’s pure rubbish. We recognize that persons of that age are fully accountable for their actions and understand what they are doing. This is shown by our loss of 858 troops killed in Iraq who were under the age of 21 and 25,400 of that age killed in Vietnam. If we can send 19-year-old women and men to die in the war on terror, then if we are attacked by a 19-year-old in that same war, an especially cowardly 19-year-old who unlike our combat soldiers and Marines set out to wage a cowardly attack on unarmed civilians, then that person should pay the same price as the many young Americans who fought for our nation’s ideals.
Whitey the non-terrorist was made into a terrorist and treated as such with neither the court or the prosecutor lifting a finger off of the button of harsh treatment; Joker the alleged terrorist is made into a figure of sympathy, both by the court and the prosecutors who seem to be bowing to his every complaint, and easing his imprisonment.
Obama’s attorney general Holder is going to take until the end of January to decide if Joker should get the death penalty. What is there to decide? Many of our brave youth have suffered that penalty in defending us; isn’t it simple to conclude that Joker who attacked us deserves the same fate.
Joker should never have been allowed to be tried in federal court. He should be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo. That is now water over the dam thanks to the pusillanimous Administration. Now we will be treated to the horror of a trial where the victims of the terrorist bombing of 4/15 will have to testify and relive their sufferings.
You can tell a country is adrift when it can’t treat a terrorist like a terrorist but treats one who isn’t like one.