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The Scary part of the Boston bomber ordeal.

Not intending to be cavalier to the tragedy of the four people who lost their lives, scores who lost limbs and many others injured, the human carnage of the Boston marathon bombing is not what scares me. Perhaps the injuries are in excess of a normal weekend in Chicago but not the murders. If four people would have lost their lives on a Boston freeway, no one in Lincoln, Nebraska would have noticed.

That the devastation would have been perpetrated by followers of Islam is not a shock, despite the irony of the popular motto “COEXIST” plastered on the murder’s car. Even a timid analysis of world happenings in this century would have rendered such speculation prudent, regardless of what the media and establishment hoped. What we come to expect often loses its propensity to scare us.

What is scary are the images of heavily armed forces from numerous overlapping acronym-named government agencies parading through neighborhoods. Without search warrants troopers by the dozen invaded homes with guns drawn while the owners hunkered down. People stay home, lock their doors, businesses close without a peep in compliance to government request. Politicians use the opportunity to support the illusion that only the state can protect them.

Although an argument might be made that given the proximity to institutions that have long advocated less self-reliance and more collective consciousness residents of the area might be more inclined to follow, it is still scary. The culprits were not an invading army, nor a highly trained insurgency group, but a minor and a 26-year-old. To apprehend them it took an army. Where is Matt Dillon or Wyatt Earp?

Yes, the collage of armed troopers got the job done, but at what cost?—not talking money here. If the FBI had deported the older perpetrator when arrested for domestic abuse as required by law, the event wouldn’t have happened. In celebration the compliant, terrified masses lined the streets to literally applaud the troopers for doing their job as if chanting, “Oh thank you omnificent state without whom we couldn’t survive”. We are all happy with the result but should have we expected a different outcome, if say the 1961 New York Yankees had played a pickup game with neighborhood boys?

As despicable as the alleged younger murder is (I refuse to give them notoriety by using their names), he is a citizen (whether he should be or not isn’t relevant), but was not read his Miranda rights. Without debating the merits of the Miranda rights notification, it is the law of the land. Where does it end if the state can arbitrarily decide which citizens have rights?

Have a fulfilling and profitable day,

W C (Bill) Augustine,

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