Wherein I agree with Ron Paul, as any good liberal should do on occcasion

In the eyes of many, I’m sure the police actions in Boston were appropriate because we’re at war with terror, or terrorism, or terrorists. Whatever. I don’t deny the threat but I abhor the notion that this is ‘war’. Anyway, take it away Ron:

Former Rep. Ron Paul said the police response to the Boston Marathon bombings was scarier than the bombing itself, which killed three and wounded more than 250.

“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” . . .

Paul said the scenes of the house-to-house search for the younger bombing suspect in suburban Watertown, Mass., were reminiscent of a “military coup in a far off banana republic.”

Not sure about that coup part, but certainly it looked like a military action.

“Forced lockdown of a city,” he wrote. “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.”

(Heads up WPressers . . . our blog platform ain’t allowin’ no pictures today. Or maybe WP is just picking on me?)

4 responses to “Wherein I agree with Ron Paul, as any good liberal should do on occcasion

  1. Good Post anyways Moe……

    Interesting view point….Novel

    Question….

    If those two young men had walked into a house and held someone hostage with bombs…..

    What would Paul say?

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    • james, there will always be dilemnas confronting us when we try to balance state security with civil liberties. Which, as a society, do we decide is most in need of protection? Hostage crises, for instance, have happened throughout history, whereas the US Bill of Rights stood alone for centuries as an enormous step forward for mankind.

      Jonathan Turley, a Constitutional lawyer, says it best at his blog in a post titled “The Pavlovian Politics of Terror”:

      “My greatest concern is that the Boston response will become the accepted or standard procedure . . .”

      http://jonathanturley.org/2013/04/29/the-pavlovian-politics-of-terror/#more-63646

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  2. You’re quite right, Moe. Legislation enacted out of fear is fraught with peril, e.g., The Patriot Act. Hollywood tackled the issue and did so quite well in my opinion. Anyone who hasn’t seen The Siege, ought to.

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    • I forgot about that movie Jim! Could have been a better movie (in terms of craft) but they did a helluva job delivering an important message.

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