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article imageRon Paul: Government issued 'military-style takeover' of Boston

By Andrew Moran     May 1, 2013 in Politics
Boston - Retired Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul opined last week on a libertarian website that the government performed a military-style occupation of Boston rather than a police investigation following the bombings.
On Apr. 19, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had asked Boston residents and those living in nearby suburbs to take part in a “shelter in place,” an emergency procedure whereby individuals immediately go into a safe shelter after a terrorist attack or chemical accident. This was defended by Gov. Patrick and officials in his administration, according to the Boston Herald.
Writing in his op-ed titled "Liberty Was Also Attacked" on the Lew Rockwell website, the three-time presidential candidate and bestselling author slammed the government for undertaking a “military-style takeover” of Boston, which Paul believed was more frightening than the actual terrorist attack. He argued that the government should have conducted a normal police investigation.
“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,” said Dr. Paul. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.”
He later commented on the ineffectiveness of the paramilitary troops in actually capturing the suspects, adding:
“No, the suspect was not discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public,” wrote Paul. “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.”
In the end, Paul believed the actions taken by the authorities and the governments involved were violations of civil liberties. Furthermore, despite performing various questionable measures, they were unsuccessful in their attempts to detain the perpetrators.
“This is unprecedented and is very dangerous," he said. "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."
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