It is possible that Tsarvaev may someday provide a fuller explanation of the events that led up to the marathon bombing, perhaps as a condition of a plea bargain. But for the foreseeable future, at least, the Obama administration’s decision to go the route of criminal prosecution guarantees Tsarnaev’s silence. Which means that, at least for now, all we have to go on is the administration’s assurance–based, apparently, on a shake of the head–that the brothers acted alone. This assurance, which seems laughably tenuous, has nevertheless been reported by every news outlet in the United States.Transparency? From the Obama administration and its Senate allies? Good luck.
We trust that there will be a transparent investigation into the marathon bombing and that the facts will be fully and openly disclosed, without undue delay. But if the Obama administration wants to obstruct the investigation and prevent all of the facts from being known soon, if ever, it is off to an excellent start.