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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    The better people cooperate and let police get this guy, the sooner Boston can get back to life as normal.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Yes. The odds of being killed that day in a vehicle accident far exceed the likelihood of encountering the terrorist unprepared.

    Shall we compare causes of death in Boston and re-assess the need to halt millions of dollars in business? Please, don't give me the "if it saves one life" routine.
    the same thing could be said of the chances of a group of determined maniacs hijacking and flying commerical airliners into the tallest buildings in new york, the building that serves as the heart of our military, and into a field in the same day.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    the same thing could be said of the chances of a group of determined maniacs hijacking and flying commerical airliners into the tallest buildings in new york, the building that serves as the heart of our military, and into a field in the same day.
    And I'm about as scared of terrorists hijacking my plane as I am of being struck by lightning. Actually, being struck by lightning is FAR more likely.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    If it's for a short amount of time and there is extremely good evidence that the criminals are in the area being locked down, I would say yes. Otherwise, no, it's not worth the disruption of people's lives that it causes.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    And I'm about as scared of terrorists hijacking my plane as I am of being struck by lightning. Actually, being struck by lightning is FAR more likely.
    Yet 9/11 caused the United states to start a war on terror, invade two countries, and spend billions upon billions fighting enemys in the shadows.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Yet 9/11 caused the United states to start a war on terror, invade two countries, and spend billions upon billions fighting enemys in the shadows.
    I'm afraid your history is wrong. Iraq was not invaded with any basis in 9/11.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few criminals? I say no.
    "A few criminals" is hardly accurate. Terrorists who just bombed a public place and are active shooters. Yes, locking down a town is completely appropriate.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Maybe/other. Under most circumstances no, such as a serial killer(if you can call that normal), a guy who killed a specific target, etc.
    When you have a situation where suspects could hide in the populace, attacked at random, have non-specific targets, and their motives and MO are relatively unknown then yes, lock the city down.

    reasons;
    1) Limited crowds on the streets, they can't blend in.
    2) Hopefully limited civilian interaction with the perpetrators, reduces the chance for further casualties.
    3) Keeps movement of the populace to a minimum, if you can start to do a sweep you may be able to catch the perps.

    It's not optimal and shouldn't be used unless the situation is extreme. However in the Boston incident there's been a lot of damage done, and even police were engaged and injured/killed at random.
    Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    The principle of martial law has long been used in the US and around the world. Folks are being asked to stay off the streets for a very short time period. This aspect of it (attacking the lockdown) is much ado about nothing.

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    Re: Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few crimina

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Yet 9/11 caused the United states to start a war on terror, invade two countries, and spend billions upon billions fighting enemys in the shadows.
    Most Americans are still unaware that Al Qaeda declared war on America in 1996 and very few even know why Al Qaeda decided to hit America on it's own soil.

    Unfortunately someone decided that Al Qaeda wasn't a national security issue but a law enforcement issue. The rest is history.

    It's all here.-> Bin Laden's Fatwa | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 23, 1996 | PBS

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