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However, given the “unique opportunity for a treasure trove of intelligence,” King offered a slightly different approach to how authorities should handle Tsarnaev moving forward: he should be treated as an enemy combatant for interrogation purposes, but tried in a civilian court. “There are so many questions unanswered, so many potential links to terrorism here,” King said. “Also, the battlefield is now in the United States, so I believe he is an enemy combatant.”

In a civilian court, Tsarnaev’s statements would not be used against him in the trial. “He’s going to be convicted one way or the other in a civilian court,” King added. “Right now it’s to get intelligence.”

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