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Monday, April 29, 2013

Liberty Was Also Attacked In Boston

Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-todoor armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.

These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law. The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.

What has been sadly forgotten in all the celebration of the capture of one suspect and the killing of his older brother is that the police state tactics in Boston did absolutely nothing to catch them. While the media crowed that the apprehension of the suspects was a triumph of the new surveillance state – and, predictably, many talking heads and Members of Congress called for even more government cameras pointed at the rest of us – the fact is none of this caught the suspect. Actually, it very nearly gave the suspect a chance to make a getaway.

The "shelter in place" command imposed by the governor of Massachusetts was lifted before the suspect was caught. Only after this police state move was ended did the owner of the boat go outside to check on his property, and in so doing discover the suspect.


lmclain said...

In spite of the fact that 9,000 cops MISSED their target, but did manage to intimidate and illegally assault innocent citizens, the police can't stop high-fiving each other and congratulating themselves on a job well done. By a "job well done", I mean the complete and total trashing of the 4th amendment witnessed by the entire world. The Chinese are laughing their aces off and the our ability to lecture the Syrian government about "democracy" just lost its credibilty.

Anonymous said...

but the sheeple love to be controlled or why else would they allow this or be ok with being locked down?

Again, you can't fix STUPID

Anonymous said...

And now a woman is involved.Does it ever fail? They say that behind every really bad man there is a woman who is even worse.

Anonymous said...

"a job well done"-LOL. If it had not been for the guy going outside to have a smoke God only knows how long the cat and mouse game would have gone on.
Bottom line it should never have gone that far had the Fumbling Bureau of Incompetence used their heads.