The past decade has seen presidents, politicians — conservatives and liberals alike — champion preemptive policing laws such as the USA Patriot Act, FISA, NDAA 2012 and 2013, to Transportation Security Administration security practices and searches, to “See Something, Say Something” practices — all in service to fighting the War on Terror….Yet, the most important truth of that day seemed to be lost in the gush of self-congratulation: The explosion of the bombs confirmed that a massive extension of the surveillance-state did not protect people in Boston.
I could not have said it better myself.
I have been unnaturally quiet on the issue of the boston marathon bombing and there are several reasons for this. One is polarizing anger. It seems that the events of last week has erased Adam Lanza, James Holmes and the Sikh Temple shooting from everyone’s memories. Two dead and a hundred injured by supposedly “muslim” bombers seems to be more horrific than a teen barging into an elementary school and mowing down innocent children. Are the dead given so much coverage because they were killed by “muslims”? Are not the dead…dead and deserving of respect? The killers…killers and deserving of condemnation regardless of their affiliations? Instead twitter feeds all over the US affirm how they “knew it was the towel heads”(Source:http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/48093470152/two-explosives-went-off-at-the-boston-marathon-on).
(Credit: Reuters/Dan Lampariello)
The bombings revived the paranoia of Al-Qaeda, muslims and international terrorism once more. I haven’t found a better article that addresses this issue than this.
I applaud www.salon.com and it’s writers for openly discussing the controversial questions related to the Boston bombing.
Give this article a read for the sake of an open mind and condolences to the families and the muslims being affected by this bombing in boston.