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.
Whole thing over at LewRockwell.com.
Speaking of Lew Rockwell, the new Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has come under sharp attack by James Kirchick at The Daily Beast, Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest, and Jamie Weinstein at The Daily Caller for being comprised of what Weinstein describes as “at least one 9/11 Truther and two of the most well-known apologists for Iran’s theocratic government in the United States.” You can read the responses from Rockwell, Tom Woods, Butler Shaffer, and John Glaser.