Yeah, I've already said my piece about the lock-down during the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but I'm going to add a little to it. You see, upon reflection, the whole thing just really grates at me.
Can I just say how annoying it is to find myself agreeing with Ron Paul? The former representative and serial presidential candidate came out today pointing out what seems to be the inevitable truth about this whole encounter: that it's a dramatic over-reach for law enforcement. He called it an occupation, which which while an exaggeration still makes a valid point. I salute the men and women of law enforcement who had the dangerous and difficult task of finding the alleged younger bomber, but I can't help thinking where does this all end? Must all normal commerce and activity cease whenever one deranged individual detonates a bomb or fires a gun? Are really this terrified?
Videos like the one below show that the house-to-house search was anything but voluntary. Police officers ordered residents, with hands-up, out of the house and then searched it. I understand that this was an extreme event but there really needs to be more of a public discussion about how and why one of these shelter-in-place requests gets handed down.