It was your commoner citizens who located the Boston bombing suspect after finding him hiding in a boat. This was after the martial law decree had arbitrarily been lifted, and it was now ordered permissible to go out in one’s backyard again.
Is martial law the answer to sticky incidents with fleeing suspects? Can this now apply to any suspects or any manhunt in the United States, anywhere, for any reason?
One might argue that clearing the streets under military decree is very useful for a particular purpose when pursuing a suspect:
So what precedents are we setting now, in terms of rewriting the entire law enforcement paradigm, arguably a much more serious concern than a single 19 year old bleeding suspect.
Yeah. What the hell actually happened last week in Boston?
"Asking?"... Martial law is just a friendly request, and the Globe dutifully disseminates.
CBS News counts,
Just perfect. All that for one bleeding, injured 19 year old.
One wonders how many tank divisions and predator squadrons might have been called in if this was one of the much-fabled "cells" we hear so much about on TV. I’m not disputing the need to capture the suspect, an obviously dangerous person, given what he is accused of doing.
I am disputing the federal intervention, the military suspension of the Constitution and the militarization of local policing - all greatly warned about numerous times as we descend into outright authoritarianism, clamoring for the federal troops and toys to come and save us.
Not only were the public politely "asked" to stay within their homes, authorities also pushed the,
This bodes well for a free and open society.
In the midst of all this bombing hysteria the House of Representatives (sic) passed CISPA, with more government/private sector spying. Less accountability for the mishandling of your private data, and more total information awareness totalitarianism is ensured. That is the direction that every single one of these bills travels, bar none.
Nearly every act of Congress concerning security of any sort increases government and corporate surveillance powers, diminishes accountability, oversight and the public’s right to challenge their own surveillance by authorities both public and private.
We are living more and more in The Matrix, with 4th Amendment protections now considered "quaint" and of a bygone era that no longer has any relevance today.
Praise for surveillance cameras has been noted since Boston with calls for more public surveillance, more facial recognition, more integration of things like traffic cameras and license plate readers.
Of course he does. He thought that before this latest photo op.
The answer is always more security, more surveillance, more intrusion, and less individual protection from government and from the private corporate sector.
A tremendous catharsis overwhelmed Boston with the announced capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as if that explained and ended everything. When you enact martial law with thousands of machinegun wielding storm-troopers and armored personnel carriers in the streets, and then make them go away, the people will be grateful. No doubt.
But this is where the story should be entering a new phase of discovery, intense investigation and disclosure. Sorry Boston; this is far from the end.
Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva claims the FBI had contacted her and her sons repeatedly over the past 5 years.
She even claims that the two were "controlled" by the Feds and "set up" in some kind of sting operation. If that sounds baseless, well we have already had an admission by FBI that they "interviewed" the older brother Tamerlan back in 2011.
Further, the Wall Street Journal reports that this FBI interview was in response to a "request by the Russian government."
Scratch the vinyl. Say what?
Russian intelligence/counter-terrorism is already reported to have asked FBI to check out the older brother, now deceased, whom the FBI says blew up bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The FBI admits to talking to this suspect. They then claim, absurdly to have "closed the file" because they allegedly found nothing "suspicious."
Do these terrorist suspect files even get closed at all? We’re straining credulity here.
Magnitudes more disturbing than any of that is the actual on the record activity by the FBI in at least 17 "terrorism" cases with so-called "foiled plots" since the 9/11 attacks:
What FBI does routinely - and this is not in dispute - is to orchestrate terror bombings with targeted individuals.
These bombings are suggested and assisted by an undercover FBI provocateur. Often fake explosives and arms are provided. The targeted individuals are strictly monitored, and then set up and arrested with spectacular headlines and a grateful public that was saved from yet another act of senseless terror.
The plots are provoked by the government itself in a controversial practice that many call "entrapment."
Little is known about the operational planning, other than a vague claim by the boys’ mother alleging "control" and "set up."
However, some highly suspicious evidence has emerged from the bombing incident itself. Two main things remain unexplained, and corporate media has not, to my knowledge, investigated the most disturbing evidence the public has seen so far.
This corporate media blackout is indicative of unreported, behind the scenes answers likely given by authorities when nosy reporters inquire about these matters.
Perhaps our society has reached that tipping point into utter insanity and breakdown.
The two brothers Tsarnaev have been established by the FBI as the only perpetrators, the only suspects, the only reason for the Boston bombings to have occurred.
An FBI press conference went so far as to caution the entire media and public against looking elsewhere:
I find it hard to interpret this diktat as anything other than a direct order to narrow one’s thinking and evidentiary standards. The entire nation has been cautioned that all other evidence is to be deemed by the civilized world as not "credible."
As George W. Bush said a decade prior, at the United Nations:
One might expect such direct state orders inside Soviet Russia, but in our allegedly free society with its proudly proclaimed "free press" this is disturbing.
The FBI has just discredited the entire concept of investigative journalism and assumed the role of sole authority on all information related to this case. The media is cautioned not to entertain any additional facts, no matter how they may appear to bear on the case.
Nothing that doesn’t come directly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to be considered "credible" by anyone. Period...
And with so many thousands upon thousands of law enforcers available at the touch of a button,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in critical condition since Friday evening, but as of Sunday morning:
How the hell would he know?
Several hours later: