What we lost in Boston
As everyone knows by now, the suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been captured and is in serious condition in a Boston Hospital following a massive search for him last week.
But this post is not about him, per se-it’s more about how he was found and captured.
At the height of the ‘Seige of Boston’, there were over 9,000 armed police, military and SWAT teams roaming the streets of Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts.
They had assault weapons, tanks, tear gas, helicopters, and other sundry assorted military weapons to aid them in their search.
All public transportation was suspended. All schools and universities were closed. People were recommended to stay indoors for the duration, and businesses were recommended to close until the crisis was declared over.
There are some reports of house searches without warrants and personal searches without warrants. Anyone walking the streets of the city were subject to questioning about where they were going, and why.
Feel good about this? I sure don’t.
There’s nothing good about having so many people so heavily armed and trigger happy roaming the streets of a major city with impunity, no matter what the reason. One lone person triggered this response. Just one.
How much money did this cost? Not only the police and military forces, but ordinary people who work for a living, and businesses that were affected directly from this.
At what cost to our civil liberties? That a major city can be summarily shut down and the citizens kept indoors ‘for their own safety’ is a very, very dangerous and disturbing act, one nearly without precedent ever in the history of the United States.
That we allowed this to happen without a peep of protest or dissent is disturbing. That we allowed the ‘bunker mentality’ to take over Boston’s streets and suburbs to find one sole criminal is beyond breathtaking-it’s a dangerous precedent and one that should not have ever happened.
How we could have handled it better should be debated more seriously, and at once.
Or else it will become commonplace.
And that’s not a democracy in any form, shape or way.
It’s a police state.