January 03, 2012, 1:03 AM EST
By Christopher Palmeri and Michael B. Marois
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Los Angeles Police identified the suspect in more than 50 arson fires as Harry Burkhart, a 24- year-old area resident who may have been motivated by immigration problems.
Burkhart was being held on a single charge of arson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said yesterday at a press conference, adding additional charges are pending. Damages from the four days of fires amounted to about $3 million, he said.
A Joint Arson Task Force, created as the crisis unfolded, is investigating the fires, which have occurred since Dec. 30 and mostly involved vehicles. The agencies included the Los Angeles Fire and Police departments, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire departments and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Part 1 : I'm sure there are a few threads on this topic, at least they figured out who this arsonist is...
But here's what I found most odd about this story :
So, already a few days into this and we are already converting from calling it criminal activity to "domestic terrorists" label.‘Test Run’
Officials had at first attributed as many as 55 fires to the alleged arsonist. Through the day they reduced the total, saying others were unrelated. The fires were reported in the Los Angeles area, West Hollywood and Burbank, according to Erik Scott, another Fire Department spokesman.
“We had a test run of what happens when we have a domestic terrorist among us,”
So, since this arsonist is a "domestic terrorist" should we strip him of his rights and detain him indefinitely, or should we maintain his rights and risk that after a prison sentence that he may or may not be rehabilitated??