To say the least LC Brenden and have a serious disagreement on what happened. Thinking about what I was going to say I found in my meanderings through the intertubes Karl Denninger had already done it for me.
Such as the fact that despite every news anchor and many of the people in Boston pumping their fists and screaming “USA!” along with lauding law enforcement, the fact is that law enforcement could not find its ass with both hands.
It doesn’t stop there. Oh no, by effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment. There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant. Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.
The Constitutional Rights of an entire town, some 30,000 residents, were wantonly and outrageously violated yesterday, yet not one media outlet is focusing there.
Nor are they focusing on the fact that after a full day of undeclared and illegal martial law, complete with “papers please”, unconstitutional searches and seizures and military hardware and weapons all over the streets (heh Barack, what was that crap about “weapons of war”?) the cops FAILED to find the jackass.
Instead, within a half-hour of the “can’t find our ass with both hands” cops giving up on locking down the town an ordinary citizen finds the bad guy in his boat.
In 30 minutes “We the people” do what thousands of cops spending millions of dollars and violating the rights of every citizen in the town could not and the people did it without all that fancy military hardware too.
So what do the cops do? They shoot at and destroy the boat, of course, in “convincing” the bad guy to come out. Boats you see, must not have extra holes in them or they don’t float very well. The cops added many extra holes and a few flash-bangs to the mix too, despite knowing that the vessel had a full tank of fuel on board and might catch on fire or explode. It didn’t, fortunately, but that’s small consolation to the owner who is almost-certain to see both the city refuse to pay for the damage and his insurance company refuse to cover it too (look in your policy; in general such “acts of war, declare or undeclared” are considered non-covered perils.) Never mind that the guy actually doing the warlike things (the terrorist) didn’t cause of the damage – the cops did.
Was there anything the cops did right? Well, yeah, I suppose. Their fancy FLIR gear on the chopper, once pointed out where to look by the homeowner, did detect the heat of the jackass in the boat. Ok. Wow man, technology. I’m supposed to be impressed by this after the specific location of the bad guy was pointed out by the homeowner who saw him in the boat and called the police?
What we saw in Boston was the surrender of peoples rights when they should have said no. We saw is a community submit, however gently, to the state. We saw them cower in their homes because they had been disarmed and could no longer protect themselves. What the world saw as cops doing their jobs we saw totalitarianism and dictatorship. Just because you wear a badge does not give you the right to shit on my rights just so it makes your life safer. And if your only thoughts are “Please God let me get through this and go home alive tonight” you need to find a new line of work. Your job is to protect and to serve.
Can you imagine Rick Perry telling the people of Dallas to stay in their homes and wait for the police to search? I can’t either. You would have heard him tell people to get with their neighbors and check around. Check on those that are elderly, disabled, or on people who just need little help and keep an eye on them. If you see something call us and we’ll check it out. There wouldn’t have been a full scale invasion. In Boston they did and the terrorist won. Congrats assholes.
This is America. Our Bill of Rights and Constitution are not merely words on parchment. They are Biblical Law given down to us by our Founding Fathers written in blood. The rest of the world looks upon our system with disdain, bewilderment, scorn, and hate. We have a system that can’t be understood except by Americans. What you, Brenden don’t understand is that our Constitution is framed to put limits on the cops, the military and the government because we don’t trust them. It’s ingrained into us not trust them. Sorry if that’s hard to take but that’s the way real Americans think and believe.
Sorry but that’s not a world as an American I can nor will I live in. And, as Dinninger says, we’d better wake up.
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