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The Boston Marathon Terror Attack Response

by on April 25, 2013

Like all Americans, I am deeply shocked and saddened by the savage act of terrorism in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those killed or injured in the blasts, and with their families and loved ones. At the time of this writing, the situation remains fluid and the details are still extremely sketchy.

I understand that numerous talking heads in the mainstream media are under fire for speculating upon the source of this diabolical act. Shame on them for leaping to conclusioBostom_Bombsns, but we should try to temper our judgments, like everyone, they are trying in vain to explain the inexplicable. I am not trying to justify what was reported, I would just ask people to take what was said with a grain of salt. The networks are to blame when they ask their reporters to give opinions on breaking stories, rather than to report the facts. We can blame the advent of 24 hour news for this miscarriage in reporting. Let’s not shoot the messengers, but hope they learn from their mistakes.

So, what are we left with? We have a despicable act of terrorism; a horrific crime against the American people, one that needs to be solved and dealt with, expediently.

On December 31st 2011, President Obama signed into law new provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Combined with the Patriot Act, these laws have more than an adequate supply of teeth to deal with the perpetrators of this horrendous act. Indeed, these laws were expressly written (with bipartisan support) to punish those who would indiscriminately attack the citizens of our great country. My hopes are that our government takes advantage of these tools to root out and punish those responsible for this cowardly act of terrorism, to the fullest extent of the law.

My biggest concern (other than the apprehension and conviction of those responsible,) is that our government will use this act of terrorism as a springboard to further extract personal freedoms from the American public. We the People cannot afford another kneejerk reaction to an act of terrorism. Now, more than ever, we have to remain vigilant that our system of justice will use the tools at its disposal to punish the perpetrators of this disgusting crime. What we do not need are deeper cuts into the civil liberties of the American people. Unless I’m very wrong, we will soon see politicians jumping like popcorn to introduce new legislation to further curtail our rights in an attempt to snuff out the acts of terrorists; who by their very nature, will always find a way to circumvent those deterrents. Make no mistake about it: these restrictions in our freedoms are victories for the terrorists.

We’re all angry, confused, and anxious to see justice delivered to those responsible for this repulsive act of cowardice, which as we all know, is what terrorism really is. We have ample mechanisms in place to deal with these incidents, to seek out and punish those responsible, without our elected officials using this tragedy as an opportunity to dig deeper into our inalienable rights. We need to remain vigilant to protect our freedoms from all of those who would seek to take them away from us.

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