Liberty Solution: Boston PD Could Have Handled This Without Violating RightsSubmitted by TommyPaine on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 22:18
Now that the smoke has cleared, we can take a better look.
The Boston Police Department could have handled this entire thing without violating anyone's rights. Without house-to-house searches. Without federal government. Without military personnel. Without Army helicopters. Without tanks.
The police department could have done this without the big show of a police state.
Two bombs go off at the Boston Marathon. Secure the area. Tend to the wounded. Consider it a murder case, not a "terrorism" case. Check surveillance and appeal to public to help with any information. Identify suspects and make public. Report of car jacking. Respond. Let's assume Suspect #1's death was unavoidable. Let public know Suspect #2 is on the loose. Be on high alert. Walk neighborhoods and ASK questions. When the little old lady calls in to say somebody might be hiding in her boat, surround him and wait him out. Just like the guy in Alabama who had the kid hostage, there is no reason to "get it over with now." Just wait and take him in when he surrenders.
There is no need for a police state. There is no need for the federal government to act like bosses of state or local police forces, and thereby violating the separation of powers.
There is no need to violate the rights of the people.
If you give up your liberty for security, you will end up with neither. Ben Franklin was right.