Ron Paul: Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston

Forced lockdown of a city. 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.

These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law. The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. 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.

What has been sadly forgotten in all the celebration of the capture of one suspect and the killing of his older brother is that the police state tactics in Boston did absolutely nothing to catch them. While the media crowed that the apprehension of the suspects was a triumph of the new surveillance state – and, predictably, many talking heads and Members of Congress called for even more government cameras pointed at the rest of us – the fact is none of this caught the suspect. Actually, it very nearly gave the suspect a chance to make a getaway.

The “shelter in place” command imposed by the governor of Massachusetts was lifted before the suspect was caught. Only after this police state move was ended did the owner of the boat go outside to check on his property, and in so doing discover the suspect.

No, the suspect was not discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public. He was discovered by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police. And he was identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police.

As journalist Tim Carney wrote last week:

“Law enforcement in Boston used cameras to ID the bombing suspects, but not police cameras. Instead, authorities asked the public to submit all photos and videos of the finish-line area to the FBI, just in case any of them had relevant images. The surveillance videos the FBI posted online of the suspects came from private businesses that use surveillance to punish and deter crime on their property.”

Sadly, we have been conditioned to believe that the job of the government is to keep us safe, but in reality the job of the government is to protect our liberties. Once the government decides that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, they can only do so by taking away our liberties. That is what happened in Boston.

Three people were killed in Boston and that is tragic. But what of the fact that over 40 persons are killed in the United States each day, and sometimes ten persons can be killed in one city on any given weekend? These cities are not locked-down by paramilitary police riding in tanks and pointing automatic weapons at innocent citizens.

This is unprecedented and is very dangerous. We must educate ourselves and others about our precious civil liberties to ensure that we never accept demands that we give up our Constitution so that the government can pretend to protect us.

  • Bob

    How dare you! You were not here . We, Bostonians applaud the response. It was effective and correct! I am appauled at your insensitive and yes, unAmerican response!!!

  • Your right god has nothing to do with the criminals running our country.

  • Leave your fake deity out of this please.

  • NSid

    It is interesting that the people most critical of the way things were handled here in Massachusetts weren’t directly involved in it. We were not under martial law – we were requested to stay in for our own safety and most people found it to be a positive experience to be cooperating with law enforcement. No one would be shooting at us if we chose to leave our homes. It was all voluntary, folks. Get the paranoia out of your system.

  • Brandon Champion

    I could not believe the article by Peter Grier in the Christian Science Monitor titled “Ron Paul slams Boston police. Has he gone too far?” What Ron Paul said about how the bombing was handled by military style law enforcement is exactly true. Peoples liberties where violated. No home should be trespassed without warrant! The only thing that Ron Paul said that I was not sure of is that since it was a bombing then a federal crime was committed so I am not sure if the investigation should have been handled solely by the Boston police. I think the way that law enforcement used social media to help update citizens was a great idea. And you are correct those tactics did not get them any further into the investigation if it had not been for the help of Boston’s citizens.

    Look at how law enforcement acted after Hurricane Katrina: In New Orleans, military units went to the not-flooded parts of the city, entered occupied private homes against the will of the owners and without authority except verbal orders from an apparently vague source, searched the homes without a warrant or other legal justification, and confiscated any firearms found. They then left, abandoning the newly-disarmed homeowners to whatever fate awaited them.

    Note that Martial Law was NOT declared in New Orleans or anywhere else in the Katrina-devastated area.

    Congress passed a law in 2006 to make it clear that such behavior is both illegal and unconstitutional.

    I have also read stories of how people where robbed, beaten and raped by unknown assailants after they had been disarmed.

  • Why does it sounds like Bachman speaking out of RP body? Snap out of it Ron.

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  • Crawl back in your hole. Its all ok they are helping you moron. Besides if you don’t like Dr. paul go back to lieing brother.

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  • To busy lining their pockets. They should all be fired and we could start all over taking it slow getting people who care about america instead of themselves. May GOD makr them all pay . GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!

  • In debt and building fema prison camps everywhere buying guns for homeland,fema,dhs, all these people who don’t even know how to use them.not to mention it’s not part of their job description to be armed spending ungodly amounts on ammo.the whole time trying to take our guns. What the hell is wrong with our goverment. Wasting millions on chemtrails that the american people don’t want . They don’t work for the people anymore,and that’s a damn shame. They can’t fix the budget because they are all

  • There you have it folks!! In a heartbeat they can take over.

  • Amen to that they are spraying us again today. Every two days the whole sky. GOD BLESS stay safe.

  • Imagine if Dr. Paul was the president of those dying united states?? I don’t know, but it seems like our peaceful revolution is not moving those assholes in power. we need to rise up to stop this police state!

  • Dr. paul I completely agree . The goverment is working towards martial law.whats really scary was all the police and military firing hundrefs of rounds in public and not hitting the one person they were trying to get . Trying to take our guns, lets talk crimes on humanity chemtrails !! Posioning us our water ,crops, cattle, and saying they are helping us . Lets vote on it. Debt come on im a nobody and I could cut it in half in two years . Thanks and you have my families vote.

  • Completely agree. It’s time to move on from the nanny state we live in. Rand Paul 2016

  • We should do what they did in Boston here in Chicago. Children are killing children. We need a BIGGER police state not only in Chicago, but throughout most of our cities.

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