Birth of the Police State

You know, I have personal experience with over-kill.  I was lucky to live in the Middle East in the late 1970’s and because of the Iran hostage crisis we kept an apartment in Greece.  It was there that I learned how to skin dive and spear fish.  My first kill was so exciting.  I had my tri-band spear gun at the ready, and I zeroed in on my prey.  I shot and I GOT IT!  Of coarse it was 1 inch long, my trident hit coral to my partners chagrin, and the poor lil fish was literally tiny specks of fish food, but I got it gosh darn it!  That is what this Boston Manhunt reminds me of.  Here is an article I found and it says it all:

21st Century Wire says… As literally thousands of police and military-style personnel descend on Watertown today, in an attempt to apprehend one suspect to the Boston Bombings. This massive have told resident by authorities that these thousands of militarized police “will not leave the area until it is safe”. This by definition, is Martial Law. According to WBZ radio in Boston, the following are all happening today:

– Up to 9,000 law enforcement personnel are in Boston presently, to apprehend one suspect

– Dozens of SWAT Teams have been deployed

– Multiple bomb squads in play making ‘controlled detonations’ of suspect packages

– Teams of sniffer dogs have been deployed for house to house searches in the wider urban area

– Public transport has been shut down until further notice

– Use of Taxis restricted

– Access to hospital facilities have been restricted

– Banks are closed

– Major professional and sporting events all canceled

– Police have commandeered areas of town as staging areas

– Tanks have been deployed to Watertown as part of the police’s operation

The amount of resources amounts to the equivalent of forces currently on rotation duty in the city of Bagdad, Iraq.

Search for marathon bombing suspect locks down Watertown, surrounding communities

Boston Globe

WATERTOWN — As an army of heavily-armed police officers continued a door-to-door search in this community for a suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon terror bomb attacks, the FBI issued a description this afternoon of a vehicle the suspect might be driving.

The search of a 20-block area of this community adjacent to Boston comes after a chaotic, violent night in which a second suspect died in a firefight with police, and one police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded. It also comes as nearly a million people in Boston and surrounding towns have been asked to lock themselves in their homes — and only open up for police officers.

Colonel Timothy Alben, head of the State Police, said in a news conference shortly after 12:30 p.m. that there had been “no apprehension at this point,” but said the situation was changing moment by moment.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service, are undertaking a door-to-door search of the area in Watertown. K-9 teams, explosives experts, and SWAT officers are involved, said State Police spokesman David Procopio. Alben said the search was about 60 percent complete.

Authorities cannot rule out the possibility that the suspect is wearing an explosive vest, Procopio said.

Authorities are searching for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a government official told the Globe this morning. The dead suspect is his brother, a separate source said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a native of Kyrgyzstan, the Kyrgyz state news agency said. He was studying at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, university officials said.

Alben alerted the public that there would be a controlled explosion by bomb experts this afternoon on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, where the two brothers lived. The explosions would make it safer for investigators combing through the home, he said.

In Washington, President Obama was briefed this morning in the White House Situation Room on the events in Boston, the White House said. The latest developments spread shock and alarm through a city already rattled by the bombings on Monday afternoon at the Marathon finish line that killed three and wounded more than 170.

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