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Ron Paul’s commentary on the Boston bombing

Liberty  Was Also Attacked in Boston

 by Ron Paul


Forced lockdown of a city.  Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door 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.

No, the suspect was not  discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public. He was discovered  by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police. And he was  identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who  willingly shared their photographs with the police.

As journalist Tim Carney wrote  last week:

“Law enforcement in Boston  used cameras to ID the bombing suspects, but not police cameras. Instead,  authorities asked the public to submit all photos and videos of the finish-line  area to the FBI, just in case any of them had relevant images. The surveillance  videos the FBI posted online of the suspects came from private businesses that  use surveillance to punish and deter crime on their  property.”

Sadly, we have been conditioned to  believe that the job of the government is to keep us safe, but in reality the  job of the government is to protect our liberties. Once the government decides  that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, they can  only do so by taking away our liberties. That is what happened in  Boston.

Three people were killed in  Boston and that is tragic. But what of the fact that over 40 persons are  killed in the United States each day, and sometimes ten persons can be killed in  one city on any given weekend? These cities are not locked-down by paramilitary  police riding in tanks and pointing automatic weapons at innocent  citizens.

This is unprecedented and  is very dangerous. We must educate ourselves and others about our precious civil  liberties to ensure that we never accept demands that we give up our  Constitution so that the government can pretend to protect us.


April  29, 2013

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