The March 8 front-page article “Terror suspect brought to U.S.” began, “A former spokesman for al-Qaeda and son-in-law of its founder, Osama bin Laden, was captured overseas and secretly brought to New York this month to face a criminal trial for allegedly conspiring to kill Americans, U.S. officials said Thursday.” This continues what seems to be a growing style preference to use “capture” in place of “arrest” when it comes to someone we want to dehumanize.

In this case, the arrest was done by federal authorities, and the suspect was arraigned in U.S. District Court in New York. Would The Post use the word “capture” if the suspect were facing charges in a white-collar embezzlement or even a bank robbery case?

Bob Stauffer, Honolulu