Did the Military and Police Go Too Far in Locking Down Boston and Conducting Involuntary Door-to-Door Searches?

http://static.infowars.com/2013/04/i/general/bostonmil5.jpgmartial law in boston 2 .http://files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/rb517a12ff.jpgThe above are real pictures of military and police locking down Boston and searching door-to-door for the Boston bomber in Watertown, Massachusetts.

And here’s a video of the involuntary searches and evacuations:

Senator Rand Paul and other congressmen subsequently said they would have approved of armed drones going in as well to help take out the suspect.

We have no idea yet whether or not the suspect is in fact guilty of terrorism in Boston. But it is important to remember – as Glenn Greenwald points out – the FBI has been “positive” about the guilt of numerous people who were totally innocent:

As so many cases have proven – from accused (but exonerated) anthrax attacker Stephen Hatfill to accused (but exonerated) Atlanta Olympic bomber Richard Jewell to dozens if not hundreds of Guantanamo detainees accused of being the “worst of the worst” but who were guilty of nothing – people who appear to be guilty based on government accusations and trials-by-media are often completely innocent. Media-presented evidence is no substitute for due process and an adversarial trial.

The FBI also said it was positive that Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer (after falsely accusing 2 other people of being the culprits). However, the National Academy of Science found that the FBI failed to prove its case.

Of course, it turns out that the bombing suspect didn’t have a single weapon when all of the troops were sent in and police shot hundreds of rounds at him. He also never robbed a 7-11, as was claimed at first.

Indeed, the high-tech manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reminded a lot of people of Running Man … the distopian Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where – after Schwarzenegger is framed – high-tech assassins are sent out to get him.

Again, we are not saying that Tsarnaev is innocent.  We have no idea of his innocence or guilt.

But sending in overwhelming military and police force to get one 19-year old under ever-shifting explanations makes me a little nervous.

Many Americans assume that this was just a one-time emergency.  After all, a terrorist who had allegedly killed and wounded many innocents was on the run … and had supposedly thrown more pressure cooker bombs at police.

Many other Americans are saying that this was a very overt foreshadowing of martial law … of which many top government officials have warned.

But there are many other negative consequences which stem from over-reactions to terror.  For example – after 9/11 – many Americans were so scared that they supported a war in Iraq that will actually backfire and increase terrorism.  Indeed, if the Boston suspect did it, it was likely because we invaded Iraq and have launched wars throughout the Middle East.

And the Iraq war was so expensive (as much as $5 to 6 trillion dollars) that it helped make us broke … which further weakens national security.

As Andrew Napolitano writes in the conservative publication Reason … which was heartily supported by liberal site Reddit:

The American people made a pact with the devil in the weeks and months following 9/11 when they bought the Bush-era argument that by surrendering liberty they could buy safety. But that type of pact has never enhanced either liberty or safety, and its fruits are always bitter.

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The pact with the devil occurred in the fall of 2001, when then President George W. Bush and Congress decided that they would use the machinery of the federal government to secure safety, rather than liberty. So, the Bush-inspired Patriot Act permits federal agents to write their own search warrants, and the Bush-inspired new FISA statutes permit search warrants of some Americans’ phone calls without a showing of probable cause as the Constitution requires, and the Bush-era intimidation of telephone service providers permitted our overseas spies to snoop on our domestic phone calls. None of this has enhanced safety, and all of it has diminished liberty.

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In the Obama administration, the devil has demanded more. In the past five years, we have seen federal spies capturing the keystrokes on our computers, local police using federal dollars to install cameras and microphones on nearly every street corner, and, the latest lamentable phenomenon, the use of false emergencies to undermine freedom.

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Think about this: The governor of Massachusetts, the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, the mayor of Boston, the Boston police commissioner, and the head of the Boston FBI office all proclaimed on Saturday morning that the danger had passed and Boston and its suburbs could return to normal. Yet the attorney general in Washington told his FBI agents in Boston to disregard those officials and instead pretend that the public safety was still jeopardized and then expand a 10-second window to 72 hours.

And see this.

In addition, disproportionate fear can be a corrosive force in our lives. Fear makes us unable to think straight.   As we noted in 2008, in a piece called Get a Grip, America:

Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who “drafted or was involved in many of the government’s most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat”, writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, “Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears” and our leaders.

This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends.

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Because so many Americans got their panties in a wad about the boogeyman, we have allowed our basic rights and liberties to be taken away, allowed the executive branch to seize dictatorial powers and ignore Congress and the courts, allowed an illegal war be launched which has destroyed our economy …  and has actually crippled our real national security (torture and imperial wars create real terrorists and push away our allies).

Of course, Obama – like Bush – claims that tyrannical measures are necessary to fight the war on terror.  But FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”, and even former Secretary of Homeland Security – Tom Ridge – admits that he was pressured to raise terror alerts for political purposes … to help Bush win reelection.

In fact, fear of terror makes people stupid … people are actually much more likely to be killed by much more boring and mundane causes than terrorism.

Ryan Sager points out:

The war is in our minds, between being scared of our shadows and keeping the true threat in perspective.

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Fear is a powerful weapon — and there’s no reason the American president should act as a force multiplier for Al Qaeda.

And as professor Scott Atran notes:

To terrorize and destabilize, terrorists need publicity and our complicity. With publicity, even failed terrorist acts succeed in terrorizing; without publicity, terrorism would fade away … By amplifying and connecting relatively sporadic terrorist acts into a generalized “war,” the somewhat marginal phenomenon of terrorism has become a primary preoccupation of our government and people.

Our founding fathers advised us not to panic:

Those who would trade safety for freedom deserve neither.
– Thomas Jefferson

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

And Christians and Jews should remember that the Bible teaches us to be brave … and not to panic.

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  • mmckinl

    Besides other questions I have this one …

    The Tsarnaev brothers were living large after the bombing … They were in plain sight … The authorities knew where they lived …

    Why did the authorities announce their names on National TV before trying to arrest them?

    Did they relish a manhunt to close down Boston? Was this an operational maneuver to use military force as a drill?

    Were they throwing the brothers under the bus as a coverup to hide the fact that they were both known to the CIA the FBI beforehand? Were they CIA or FBI operatives?

    All of the above?

    • Southernfink

      To arrest someone is a rather simple affair, especially if you know their names and address…to have gone through what the US authorities did appears that they were conducting a training exercise for their in-experienced personnel while teaching civilians obedience at the same time.
      Announcing the names on media before hand makes no sense to me.

    • SickOfTheStupid

      simple explanation, they had already had 2 sets of patsies trashed thanks to social media , they needed to find out how much info was out on these two to make sure this time the official story fitted the photo evidence.

      We now know these two where the bottom of the list and our government was desperate to find their Lee Harvey, the older brother has confirmed and documented CIA ties and it is going to be difficult to maintain a already crumbling official story.

      oops this was actually in reply to SouthernFink’s post

    • HS

      “Why did the authorities announce their names on National TV before trying to arrest them?”

      Goddamn it, sir, you have no sense of showmanship. Sure, since the FBI already had previously interviewed the elder brother, they most certainly had an abundance of photos of him in their database. If they’d simply used their facial recognition software they could have picked those two dullards up quietly, but where is the drama in that? When you’re selling Martial Law, you need a riveting advertising campaign and what’s more exciting than police chases, shootouts, and fireworks?

    • http://twitter.com/MithradatesVI Mithridates Eupator

      Because they are not guilty, it was necessary to plaster the televisions with their pictures in order to preclude their guilt in the minds of the public, for exactly the reasons which you have said.

    • someone

      Actually they didn’t release their names on TV before the manhunt.

  • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

    Yes, it was all absolutely necessary. The object of this exercise was to subdue an already cowed and cowering populace. No one but cowardly thieving jackals lives in Massachusetts.

    Starting in the scumbag jackal state of Massachusetts was very appropriate.

    No patriots objected there! LoL Take away their guns, now.

    Tear down the Bunker Hill Monument.

    Massachusetts has become the intellectual colostomy bag of an intellectually ill nation.

    Let the jackals rot. Those scumbag jackal cops were the top of the militarist cream of Massachusetts jackal scumbags. Massachusetts jackal politicians watched with glee in their hearts! Massachusetts jackal judges were ejaculating under their black robes.

    Cowards. Liars. Cheats. Let Massachusetts reap what it has sown.

    Who were those scumbag cops? LoL. Jackals, every single one of them is a Massachusetts jackal.

  • Brazdon Wright

    yes, yes they did go too far

  • gozounlimited

    Is it going too far when adults and children are sexually molested before boarding a plane for the sake of safety? Unfortunately our corporate/government has made it our job to have to find a way to deal with constant attacks and abuse on every level. The deviancy modeled by the global elite has become a constant issue in personal and professional relationships forcing conflict and mistrust. it’s called the radicalization of America. Our corporate/government has become comfortable with the terrorist meme……and want you and your family to get with the program.

  • HS

    Osama bin Laden got his start in Afghanistan, as a CIA backed rebel, fighting the Russians and I don’t believe he ever got off the payroll. It’s fairly apparent that Al Qaeda is the Saudi-funded, US/Israel directed Emmanuel Goldstein needed to justify the actions deemed necessary to protect the elite from the societal breakdown that is imminent when we reach the global population’s carrying capacity. Regardless of whether you are looking at historical climate charts, oil production charts, population charts, or economic charts–they all point to the same same thing: Too many eaters, not enough BTUs.

    Our current situation is a lot like a Texas Hold’em poker game. The elite are holding the nuts and are stringing us along to maximize the extracted value before they drop the hammer. The US public are the “fish” who are blindly drawing dead, hoping against hope for that miracle card that simply doesn’t exist. By my estimation, we’ve seen the river card and the fish are all eagerly calling the oligarchy’s bet, otherwise known as “Recovery”. When the elite flip up the nuts and filet the fish, the losers will be shocked to see how painfully obvious it was all along that they never stood a chance. Until then, we have early folders like GW, who are trying to warn us (at increasing peril) to get out while the getting is good.

    • gozounlimited

      Oh, I thought you said too many breathers….. You need a program update …. we no longer ‘need’ a miracle card…… we (the eaters) ‘ARE’ the Miracle Card.

  • http://twitter.com/SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly

    At least Ray Kelly has retracted his claims they planned to bomb NYC. And Rand Paul’s a bigger liar than his old man. Contra Paultards and libertarians, there’s no “flip-flop” by Rand on drones. He
    accepted Holder’s loophole-filled statement a month ago just so he could
    do a fund raiser. David Corn got the “fundraiser” part right, but, as a
    quasi-Obamiac, denied that Holder’s statement had any loopholes. Corn
    went WAY down in my book over that.

    • wunsacon

      Like the elder Bush vs. Dubya, I view Rand Paul as an apple that fell a bit too far from the tree. In my limited observation, he seems more like a big-business booster than his dad. When Rand complained that Obama — who probably had a hand (at least in setting the tone) for the relative lack of accountability by BP — was putting BP under the administration’s boot heel, I lost what hope I had in Rand. I’m sure he heard his dad’s words at the dinner table. But, I doubt he understood them enough. (Then again: (a) who does? and (b) whom am I to think I understand Ron’s views better than Rand? Well…there were a couple of diverging statements between Ron and Rand on a high-profile issue…and I sided with Ron. But, yes, pretty anecdotal…)

    • Rudy M

      From what I’ve seen of Corn, he runs interference for the CIA and the official story on just about everything. I haven’t paid attention to him for a while. I don’t have much use for the Nation any more either, although like a lot of alternative-ish publications, it occasionally runs some good pieces still. I guess. Haven’t run into any recently, but the only way I would see them is if someone linked to them.

    • TW

      “Paultards”, “Obamiac” did you come up with that all by yourself? or did you here it at school?

  • SourDove

    Didn’t the lockdown cause people to hide in their homes? Wouldn’t that make everyone behave like a fugitive? Wouldn’t that make the behavior of any suspects blend in? Once the lockdown was over, a civilian found the suspect by walking outside, but the thermal imaging would have found him regardless, because his behavior stood out.

    • TW

      “LOCKDOWN” IS A TERM USED BY PRISONS!
      Welcome to the new USA

  • Washington76

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  • mickey

    As usual with the government they created overkill, in the Boston Bombing. All this for one man? This is what gvoernment takeover looks like folks, and with the Arrogant/Illegal/Muslim/OBAMA sitting in an office he shouldn’t be in to begin with, this is what you’ll be seeing from now on. His motto is to hell with the peons, it’s all for the government, they take all. Our government is running rampant, and it looks like there’s nobody that is going to stop it. Plain, and simple, Obama is a Fraudulent/MUSLIM, and he, and his regime, is at war with the American people, with all his TREASONOUS ACTIONS against the U.S. he should be JAILED.

  • denk
  • nveric

    YES!

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  • http://twitter.com/locutionwizard Micah R Sollenberger

    I love this blog and appreciate the links to “regular” media sites. When admitted facts are taken into consideration with prior events, these situations can be seen in a different light than at just face value, which is how they are often displayed. The short term memory of the accepted American dialogue are often skewered and faulty. Considering all angles the author does well, and this loyal reader proclaims his support to this journalistic style.

  • Turkeygobble

    Well, I suggest that the people of Boston initiate a MASSIVE lawsuit regarding the abuses they suffered during this pfuking outrageous display of brute force. It is time to tell these totalitarian freaks that enough is enough. You work FOR us. You do not OWN us.

    All of this is a game. Only a brain dead fool believes that these episodes of violence, aka terror, are NOT being set up and carried out by agents in and connected to our government.
    Yup!
    GLADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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