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    Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few criminals?

    Should the government be allowed to put a city on lockdown to catch a few criminals? I say no.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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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.
    NO! i want my freedom. Government should not dictate what i can and can not do.

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

    I don't mean to sound cold and heartless, but... How many people die in Boston from car accidents per day? Smoking? Drinking? I'm guessing a few. Locking down a city because a terrorist will try to kill people seems like giving into terrorism. I think it's an overreaction.

    Shutting down millions of dollars in business because a couple people might get killed? If we did that for every minor risk, no one would ever leave home.

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

    These are not garden variety criminals. Yes to this situation.

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

    During the week following 9/11, the whole country was on lockdown. Tourists in Las Vegas were stuck here for a week.

    So, was that OK? I thought it was greatly exaggerated but some actions trigger sweeping reactions. At least this time there is a point - we want this fugitive. For 9/11, there were no fugitives - they were already dead.

    So, I support this action. It isn't arbitrary. The suspects are confirmed as probably guilty, have nothing to lose and are armed and dangerous.

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

    Under most circumstances, I would say that it is not ok. However, the situation in Boston is not most circumstance. The individuals involved have shown themselves to be capable of inflicting great harm upon innocent people and must be apprehended.
    Last edited by aseidner; 04-19-13 at 02:17 PM.

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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.
    City government has plenary powers when it comes to public safety, so it has the right to put an area in lockdown. When it comes to perpetrators who shoot cops at the drop of a hat and toss explosives around like there's no tomorrow, and may be wearing explosive vests, it may well be reasonable to lockdown the area where they are thought to be.

    The take away is this: Pay more attention to who you vote for in local elections. They have more power to directly affect your life than you might think.

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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.
    this person is not just another criminal. most of the lock down is voluntary.
    Go Vols

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

    This goes back to Benjamin Franklin's commentary about Essential Liberty and Safety. In our current situation you also have to factor in one more thing.... Litigation. If the City of Boston did NOT lockdown, and people were injured who could have otherwise been kept our of harm's way, our legal system is going to start handing out financial awards that the City of Boston cannot afford to be paying out. Likewise, the public relations disaster that would ensue would be monumental in nature.

    Therefore, Governor or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has REQUESTED (not demanded) that everyone stay inside. They have REQUIRED the closure of businesses and streets in the immediate vicinity of the crime sceens under normal procedures. The Governor has made a very strongly worded SUGGESTION that people stay at home. The Boston Bruins - Pittsburgh Penguins NHL game and the Boston Red Sox - Kansas City Royals games for this evening are still up in the air, but my bet is that they'll be postponed.

    The potential for injury until the situation is stabilized and dealt with is heightened, due to the modus operendi of these individuals. Their use of explosives and the fact that the whereabouts of one individual are still not confirmed make it unsafe for the City of Boston and its immediate suburbs to go about their business in a normal fashion today.

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

    That would depend entirely upon how dangerous the criminals in question happen to be.

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