Thoughts On Boston!

Last night around 8 pm EDT the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Massacre was apprehended.  While I am thrilled that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive, I was dismayed at what I witnessed through out that day.

We on the Right claim to support the Constitution and the rights it upholds, yet we were willing to relinquish those rights for a little safety.  I witnessed citizen after citizen step aside as the police just walked into their homes (Without even asking permission.) and search the premises.  What if there was something they didn’t like in these homes?  Would they look the other way?  I think not.  Suppose someone said no?  Would he or she be arrested for demanding their 4th Amendment rights?  And we still have this right:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

What if next time it isn’t a terrorist but the government looking for our guns.  Will we just allow them to enter and search or will we demand a search warrant?  I think by the time the government gets around to that we will be accepting of this behavior.

I keep hearing about how wonderful the police were able to track down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  But in looking back I see it wasn’t police work but a citizen who stepped outside to have a smoke and discovered blood in his shed, bloody clothing on the ground, and the suspect hiding in his boat.  And he did exactly what a citizen should do and notified the police.  BTW Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered outside the “Quarantined Zone” only a few blocks from where his brother was caught.  Perhaps if the police hadn’t shut down the city Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have been caught sooner.

While I understand the joy and relief of the people of Boston, I found their street celebration a little on the wrong side of decency.  While they were celebrating there was a family mourning the loss of a policeman and another family praying for the recovery of a second policeman.  I doubt any of those celebrating gave one thought to the families of the 2 men.

Let me state this:

I DO NOT CONDONE WHAT THE TSARNAEV BROTHERS DID!  IN FACT I CONDEMN BOTH OF THE MEN AND AM HORRIFIED BY THEIR CRIME!

But we are a nation of laws.  I know that like Timothy McVeigh before him, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be given a fair trial (Probably out of the Boston area.), a last meal (I suggest Pork Chops smothered in Bacon.) and a needle in the arm.  The Boston Marathon will run again next year and for years afterwards.  The police will have a perimeter in which backpacks and large bags will not be allowed in the area, like Times Square on New Years Eve.  But the victims of his crimes will be coping with their wounds and scars all their lives.

I know in writing this I will make many enemies on the Right.  But sometimes we have to speak the truth as we see it.  We have won a small victory in the War on Terror, but will we lose our freedoms to win this war.

 

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  • I couldn’t agree more, in fact, with a somewhat different emphasis, I said much the same thing this morning. I didn’t consider it a particularly good performance by the so-called authorities either.

  • Well, you aren’t making an enemy out of me, but we will have to agree to disagree on this one. The police were not entering houses uninvited or illegally. Read this Twitter feed and you will see that they only came into a house if they were invited.

    https://twitter.com/RaediantPhoenix

    • Lloyd

      Actually, this isn’t true. Although I’m sure many were respectful, knocked and waited for responses and acted accordingly, I’ve read several accounts where people awoke or walked into a room to find the police swarming screaming, asking if anyone was there. There were a whole lot of departments and agencies. Not all were with permission. It was on their property and inside their homes.

      But regardless, do we really want a country where anyone can tell us to stay in our homes? What if it was days? Or he moved on, would they shut down another city or town? Or can just enter our homes, outbuildings, etc. without permission? Someone brought up if they see the person running into your home or premises, I think that’s different as long as the police let you know this.

      If the people agree to stay in or have the police enter their homes, that’s their choice. My concern and worry would be what would occur if they declined.

  • Hi Maggie … I noticed the same thing concerning those homeowners allowing the police in to rule out hiding places. I could be wrong, but from what I saw, 100% of them didn’t care … although it could come back to bite us in the future.

    This was a “police action” which gives certain (rights?) to them the same way police can block roads or exits from buildings when they are in pursuit of bad guys. If they see a suspect they are chasing run into a house … do they have a (right?) to follow him through the house or building? Is this a gray area in the law?

    I would want to do what is right and helpful. Oh … I also loved the people of Boston cheering … “U.S.A.” Haven’t seen that in a while.

  • Great points!
    This shouldn’t make you enemies on the right.. I mean if they truly do support the constitution as our founders intended (which is how I define being on the right, but I’m a purist)!
    We today live under a regime that would really be the stuff of unimaginable nightmares to our nation’s founders. People need to wake up & smell the tyranny brewing or before we know it we’re likely to have no constitution left whatsoever. (Seems we’re awfully close to the entire thing being undermined already).
    It’s interesting, I came across this in my reader right after reading another article that is somewhat similar & thought you may be interested in checking it out… (They never let a crisis go to waste do they!)

    “Before We Plunge Ahead In Creating a Fishbowl Society of Surveillance, We Might Want to Ask Whether …”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-04-20/%E2%80%9C-we-plunge-ahead-creating-fishbowl-society-surveillance-we-might-want-ask-wh

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  • Sue Dixon

    Maggie,

    They were taking advantage of a scared community to knock and enter. You have the right to say NO! as a citizen. You need to stand up for your rights! Remember, the government could be the enemy!

    • Sue, I do remember this and it is very concerning. It is a terrible problem. I think of Richard Dorner on Big Bear, where he held a couple captive and was holed up directly across the street from police headquarters. I hate the ideology that is bringing this havoc on us. I want them to stop the immigration and send people home already here. That will eliminate a lot of this. We are doing everything wrong.

  • Richard

    Did anyone else catch the last meal suggestion? Maggie, you have not lost your sense of humor.

  • Geo

    State of a Nation

    238 years ago today, citizens near Boston took on the most powerful military in the world and won. Today, they cower from one man.

    Shameful.

    http://www.bob-owens.com/2013/04/state-of-a-nation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20BobOwens%20%28Bob%20Owens%29

    One 19 year old punk, managed to lock down a entire city, while being pursued by thousands of Town, City and Federal Police from hundreds of different agencies. Then the citizens and politicians proclaimed that they will not be intimidated, of course while they were being intimidated and locked down for a entire day. Then after the one individual who caused all the problems was captured, they decided it was time to party and celebrate. As Dan might say. . . C-O-U-R-A-G-E !

    Pretty pathetic, if you ask me.

    • Geo, I’m personally not too concerned about people being told to stay inside since they knew he was right there in the area. If they hadn’t done so, and someone was injured, there would be hell to pay. Still yet, Dunkin Donuts defined the order and stayed open.

      • Of course Dunkin Donuts stayed open. Where else would all those cops go for their coffee and donuts?

      • Geo

        Ding, ding two points for Findalis.

        Maggie, I think we are just gonna hafta disagree on this one. I think it’s so wrong on so many different levels. I suppose in the end the residents really had no choice, since the “cradle” of dopey liberalism probably disarmed all of them way in advance that the only thing they had to rely on was the Cops, since none of them had guns to defend themselves.

        The scenes of the militarized Police with armored vehicles rolling through town, entering residences either with or without permission seems reminiscent of another time and place . . . .it doesn’t resemble our Country.

        In the end it wasn’t any of the thousands of Police who found this punk, it was a citizen who came across him after inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of citizens of Boston who were ordered to cower in their homes and businesses and were all too willing to comply. It use to be called “Marshall Law”.

        I don’t think it’s the image we want to project to other parts of the world of how we will react to a given situation at the very least not to mention it shreds our rights as citizens.

        • Geo, I actually agree with you – the bottom line is, I totally agree. I tried to put myself in the situation. Couldn’t do it. But I know our rights and that we must protect them and every day we creep closer to having no privacy at all. We’re just about there.