In the Boston Bombing Case, 'Weapon of Mass Destruction' Is In the Eye of the (Government) Beholder

J.D. Tuccille
Apr. 23, 2013

Even for those of us who think there's no hole too deep into which to drop somebody who bombs innocent people, the "weapon of mass destruction" charge brought against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seems a bit of a stretch. Isn't "weapons of mass destruction" an awkward term meant to encompass killing devices designed to take out cities and armies? As it turns out, though, the term is a bit loose. It's not so loose as to apply to anything, but it comes pretty damned close.

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