Ron Paul: Boston Response More Terrifying Than Bombing


Boston, in the aftermath of the terror attack on the city’s marathon, took on the appearance of a far-flung banana republic in the midst of a military takeover, writes former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) in his latest column on Lew Rockwell’s libertarian website.

Paul describes the scenes that unfolded in Boston over the past couple of weeks, lamenting that the government’s response to the terror attack was more frightening than the attack itself.

“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,” he writes. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.”

Paul goes on to point out that none of the military or surveillance might actually aided in the capture of the Boston suspects—but that the situation was resolved due in large part to the aid of astute citizens providing information to investigators.

From the piece:

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.

Predictably, Paul has been called out by people on the left who believe the heavy-handed government response was both warranted and productive.

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  • jopa

    The Boston capture of the perps was fantastic.With all the resources of all agencies working together we got them in less than a week.When Bush went after one guy he started two wars lasting over ten years, over one million dead, six trillion spent in Iraq and he still didn’t get the guy.Obama Rocks.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Mr. Paul – I guess you’d have to be there to know how terrifying the bombing was. You sir, were a very safe distance away.