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There to the new arrests in the Boston terror attack now what can investigators learned from the friends of Joseph cars are an idea.
-- John Ashcroft would you -- -- general -- job president George W.
Bush and now CEO of the Ashcroft group and sir welcome back here.
To America's Newsroom this good to have a -- We're delighted to be back pop up based on what we're learning day by day sometimes hour by hour to those who believe these were knock off -- bodies.
-- lone wolf what would you say to them now the moment.
Well it's always too soon to conclude that in the big risk is that if they were acting in concert with others who we're getting assistance from others.
Or connected others that's where.
We have additional jeopardy of something else happening somewhere else.
In the transcending.
Responsibility we have is to prevent toward default additional acts.
So what's going on now on what should be going on and I'm sure is that -- communication's the connections that he.
But the various things that would relate to these individuals are being examined mapped.
And explored there -- a process sometimes called link analysis.
We -- finding out who they were talking to who they were related to what kinds of things they've been doing.
-- to learn whether they're part of something bigger whether there were other participants that -- the city.
A little wide variety of things that.
Might well be learned.
Whether bomb making materials -- bomb making instructions.
Were somehow shared and whether if they were shared whether they were transmitted to the terrorists who committed the acts -- Boston or whether they were.
Somehow related in in developing the technical capacity to assemble the bombs and detonate.
The -- on that front I don't know if the circle has widened yet but at least after the bombings this circle certainly has wide.
But now we know there was are paying went -- camera -- went to Russia.
But no pain when he came back the country one of those arrested yesterday was living here without -- -- he came and went when he wanted to know -- at all.
And you know the debates we've had over the past twelve years since September 11.
Now with regard to the widow the wife now she has not been taken into custody she's not the number and -- would you expect that.
Or do you allow her to.
Continue with her life in order not to squeeze here hoping you get some information out of her theories what is your view.
There are a whole variety of questions like this they're all important to ask and it may take awhile to answer them.
But yes the more individuals that are involved in the investigation.
Sooner one or two of them decides.
It's really in my best interest vehicle operators here because I'm very serious trouble want to minimize the extent to which my whole life is committed to it.
To being incarcerated detained and so maybe I had better begin to speak and one begins to speak the lawyers for the others are likely to say.
That individuals trying to minimize his responsibility.
-- at your expense or you're in big trouble -- half.
You should be talking.
Sometimes lawyers can help defendants in these situations understand just how deep the trouble is.
In which they -- standing in sometimes after a person has legal help.
He learns that he should be cooperating far more profoundly than he was initially.
I've -- everything that's -- that's an excellent point because at least one of them what was question two or three times.
And did not start speaking in providing information to the third or fourth interview I think it.
That's an excellent point you -- there some attorneys argue that you want to get them of lesser charges now so they don't clam up.
Do you agree with that is that true or not.
I don't think this is this examination or investigation is over.
These charges are serious charges but they're less than ten year maximum -- I think -- The obstruction charges about a five year maximum and the other charges.
Well the year they're not -- very serious.
But assisting and aiding in the commission of terror.
And it is is kind of charge that weather very serious and significant extended penalties.
And so I think it could well be that other charges will follow.
And obviously these individuals may be involved -- having.
-- violated state laws as well.
There doesn't appear to have been a characterization.
By this administration that this was.
Related to the war on terror if it were and if there were certain -- is drawn.
You could have the potential for even war crimes charges but the world long ways away from -- And I don't think the evidence at this point appears to be pointed in that direction John Ashcroft thank you.
For your time today good to have you back -- program.
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