I would normally not ever post anything about politics or current events, as these are hot topic things and everyone has their own take on things. And I’m not willing to argue with people because they can’t understand how someone could think differently than they do. Don’t even get me started on how in this day and age it’s no longer a discussion, but an argument if two people are talking about a subject with many underlying issues.
But anyways, pardon the rambling ahead of time. It’s after 3:30 am and I still haven’t slept yet.
I just want to say how disgusted I am with how people have been behaving and things being said this whole past week in regards to the Boston Marathon bombing. Skipping the day of the bombing itself. All week I kept seeing meme pictures on Facebook that people were saying “have you seen this suspect” “one photo with bag, one without, looks similar” and one photo an either Middle Eastern, Indian, or tan Greek looking man was in one picture standing sort of next to the “suspect” and in the next photo the “suspect” had his head turned looking towards the other guy. People were saying all sorts of nasty and crazy thing about that *insert racial slur here* has to be involved cause the “suspect” was clearly with him. Except that everyone standing behind the “suspect” also had their heads turned looking in the same direction!
There were so many “suspect” photos that were being passed around. Do people not stop and think for one damn second what they are doing?!?!? There were no news reports of suspect photos (at that time), no police statements asking for “any information on this person of interest”. That stuff could really ruin someones life! Down the line, they might be going in for a job interview or something and they might not get hired because the person remembers something about them being a suspect. And it happens! Eric Randolf is a prime example. Exoneries from the Innocence Project are another. Those kinds of things are damaging!
Then Thursday April 19, people started carrying on about how Boston was under Martial Law and there were un lawful searches taking place blah blah blah, public transport was shut down. IT WASN’T MARTIAL LAW!!!!!!!!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!!!!! It was police action in the hunt of a suspected heavily armed suspect. Martial law is when a town or area is under complete control of at minimum the National Guard. When they are suppressing the rights of all, searching for all. That was so clearly not the case today! Yes, there were military members there assisting, there were local, state and federal police involved. Yes, they barricaded off I believe a two block radius after evacuating everyone and no one was allowed back in. Yes, they were conducting door to door searches in the town. Yes, they were armed (don’t know of any police officer or agent that isn’t in the US). Yes they would make entry into houses that there were no responses to the knocks on the door without a warrant. Yes, they told people to stay inside.
But, the town was not under military rule, clearly because it was said several times that POTUS could not give an order for any action, he wasn’t in the chain of command, only make suggestions. If you have a suspect that is trying to run, that there has already been a stand off and fire fight with, with injury and death on both sides, yeah shutting down transport to try to prevent them a way to escape is normal. The completely barricaded and evacuated couple of blocks was where the suspects house was, so yeah, considering they had weapons and are suspected of making bombs and threw a bomb at LEOs trying to escape, you would get everyone out and seal off the area. Telling people to evacuate or stay inside and lock your doors, well that’s just a smart thing to do when a suspected terrorist and murderer is on the loose and hiding out. But people were taking out the trash, going to the store and shopping, milling about outside around the officers with guns, standing on roof balconies taking videos of what was going on. That doesn’t sound like anyone was being forced to do anything. Door to door searches, can you tell me a better way to look for a suspect you are hunting for? Warrant-less searches on houses with no answer…this is a bit trickier. It’s actually legal, under certain conditions. There has to be immanent threat to life of self or others, probable cause to believe a search is needed, and finally good faith that given there had been enough time under normal circumstances a judge would have issued a search warrant. Immanent threat? Check, he was making statements about killing himself and others. Probable cause? Check, phone records and such indicate recent contact with a resident of the house. No time to get a warrant, one would have been given? Check again, no time given the situation. He could escape while they waited for the warrant. And yes a judge most likely would have said to search the house and see if he was hiding. As for the officers being armed, like I said, I can’t think of any that aren’t. They weren’t pointing guns at every door that opened. They were actually needed for their own protection, as the suspect was already involved in the death of two police officers and tried to kill many more. If I lived in that town, I would have had my guns sitting out next to me, chambered and ready to go in case he decided he would try to hide in my house! And people were having an issue with the door to door searches because of no cause. Cause was the suspect was on the run, in the neighborhood. They were only looking for a single person, not entering houses with the intent to arrest many. Just one!
And then we come to the issue of religion. At first this morning, reports were of the father being Muslim, unsure of the children. Then it came down to they were devout Muslims. The one son did go to Russia for six months. Officials have said all day today that there is no evidence pointing to this being related to religion or foreign groups. There isn’t any evidence of this being a jihad act. The older brother COULD have gone to a training camp while he was in Russia. His father is also in Russia for what they said were medical treatments, and I’m sure they have family there as well. I know of lots of people that go over seas for long periods of time to visit their mother country. They have no idea what he did while he was in Russia. Sure the kid read some al Quda Internet thing, it doesn’t mean he believe it or they are behind it. I read all sorts of different stuff online, doesn’t mean I’m going to do it or I believe in it. We just don’t know yet, only time will tell as more facts come to life. At this point, they just happen to be Muslim. Most Muslims are actually more peaceful than Christians! So lets not lay blame where it doesn’t belong at this point. And remember that in the American Justice System, you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!
I know how things look right at this moment, but law enforcement stated several times they were with holding lots of information. At this point, we don’t know the reason behind why they would have bombed the marathon. We don’t know why they robbed the gas station. We don’t know why they were trying to run from the police (but if I’d just robbed a gas station and knew I was top suspect of a terrorist act, I’d probably run too). We just don’t know at this point. And also, many of the people in Watertown had no problem with the police presense, being asked to leave or stay indoors, or allowing a search of their house. Sure they were scared, but I’m sure they felt safer because of it.
I know that if something like that were to happen in the area I live in, I would have no problem with being on lockdown or having my house searched. The police were doing their job. And a damn good job they did!
Hats off to local, state, and federal LEO’s, fire and ems, and the military that took part in the lockdown today. And my greatest thanks for those that were injuried or paid the ultimate price trying to provide safety and justice to the citizens of Boston! Well done ladies and gentleman! Thank you for risking your lives!