A young man is lying in a hospital in Boston, now formally accused of planting the bombs that killed three and injured more than 180 others at the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon. Federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the bombing, and investigators are reportedly now communicating with the 19-year-old in search of information as to his motivation and connections, if any, to terrorist groups, foreign or domestic.
That news, on top of all we learned over the past several days about the bombing, the investigation, the chase, the death of Tsarnaev's older brother in a confrontation with police and the younger man's arrest, suggest that the American system of justice local police, state officials, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney are fully up to the challenge of the investigation and prosecution of this case.
The fact that the events of the last week are particularly dramatic and heinous in no way alters the fact that the civil authority of the United States and its constituent parts has not broken down. The normal criminal justice system is fully competent to handle this case as far as the individual who stands accused of the acts. Any ties to any foreign terrorist organization, if they exist, can and should be traced by our law enforcement and intelligence services.