Mean Scenester wrote:First off, there was no massive manhunt involved with 9/11 because the perpetrators were essentially, ya know, suicide bombers.
That's a good point, tho at the time we had no idea if there were going to be other attacks. And we didn't get a lockdown for the OK bombing either, did we? Or more recently, with the hunt for the rogue LA cop.
Secondly, lock down and/or curfew in the face of a serious public threat is hardly a new idea. The novelty in this case is simply the scale.
Now that you mention it, for natural disasters it has gone down like that. But I can't recall an entire city being shut-down in order for the police to capture individuals.
Would be interesting to get the take of somebody who's not merely an armchair civil liberties advocate.
In all fairness, I've done a lot more than just "arm chair" advocating for civil liberties. Don't wanna start bragging on myself, but I've spent some time on the front lines.
Times like this make me wish Ben Masel was still around. I would also be curious to know what Jeff Scott Olson thinks about the whole thing.
I'll bet the majority of Boston residents felt only mildly inconvenienced by all this, and I bet for many of them that feeling was far outweighed by a sense of relief at not having to send their kids off to school with a friggin' homicidal maniac explosives fetishist on the loose.
I wouldn't bet against ya on that one at all...and that is part of what also makes me kinda, well..."sad" was too strong of a word, 'cause there ain't no actual tears flowing....but it gives me a bit o' a heavy heart to see how much things have changed in our country, and how easily folks are willing to go along with it without even a whimper.
To be clear: I wouldn't have been one of those folks who said "Fuck off, I'm going to the streets anyways!!"
. I ain't upset at all about anyone doing what they were told. Rather, I'm concerned that nobody is saying anything at all about it afterwards and thus the precedent that has now been set.
The Boston cops acted like real professionals in this situation and I salute 'em. But imagine the LA police having those same powers...could get really ugly, really quickly.