Seems like we’ve seen this before; A terrible and heinous crime caught on video and instantly beamed around the planet. A suspect(s) is quickly identified. Through a chain of fateful events a police officer is murdered. A community is terrified. Quickly, after a massive manhunt the killer is captured, but then is killed before making a statement. The presumption of guilt is instantaneous. The evidence is overwhelming. Persistent questions about conspiracies are ignored or discredited by the government. Boston, you say? How about the Kennedy Assassination in 1963?
Perhaps we can look specifically at the lockdown of Watertown Massachusetts, disruption of air traffic over Boston and the checkpoint ultra-security across the city of Boston. More than one million citizens have become virtual prisoners in their homes as law enforcement hunts for the last of the remaining accused brothers alleged to have carried out the bombings that killed 3 and wounded 176. The messaging from authorities has choked any dissenting or questioning voices from discourse. The media, long a tape-recorder of the state is choked with narratives of dangerous killers on the hunt, stay in your homes, do all that you are told, sit on the floor of your livingroom, do not go near your windows. An American city is paralyzed by terror and the specter of a lone remaining evil-doer.
So, with the manhunt at a brutal and bloody end, the nation and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing can close the file on this case. Thanks to the heroism of a militarized police force, we are safe again to shop, binge drink and visit the fast food drive-thru once more. Case closed? Not quite so fast.
There are a number of outstanding questions lost in the wall of fear manufactured in regular televised updates by law enforcement, each drawing maps to the suspects door, which is unprecedented by law enforcement. That drum beat is carried by a willing media, sowing fear for an entire community until nothing but that narrative is relevant.
Again, we’ve heard this before. Recall the NATO protests against an unelected, corporatized establishment trading fortunes for weapons while their respective governments debate or enact austerity against their civilian populations? The questions and demands for proper representation from the Occupy movement in Chicago was extinguished by an avalanche of media and police tales about riots and violence in the streets, of potential terrorism. Downtown Chicago, home and work to millions became a ghost town-the so-called Red Zone solely from propagandized fear. In the end, the only violence came via a police assault on protesters in cargo shorts and Birkenstocks.
In Boston, police are not simply knocking on doors, without warrents to each specific residence, they are storming into every house, peering into every window. Where are the Tea Party and the Constitution pimps of the rightwing media? FOX news’ Megan Kelly lauded the police searches, calling them the good guys, “going door to door to secure each and every house?”
Let me state, for the record, that I believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was at least part, perhaps the dupe or patsy in the plot to murder President Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. I do not believe that the United States government was responsible directly for the September 11th attacks. The evidence is clear that Osama bin Laden masterminded the attack, but I do believe the government shares at least culpability for the attacks. There are significant questions about what they knew that have never been properly or forthrightly answered. And here too, there are some significant questions that have all been swept aside in a tidal wave of fear, in no small way propagated by law enforcement and a willing media.
Ask those questions. Our democracy is fully under assault. CISPA, which ghosted through into law while most of us were distracted by Boston is but one example. Ask why member s of a military contractor-mercenaries- likely the group “Craft International” were ubiquitous all over the scene of the explosions before and after the blast? Ask why Boston’s Governor, the FBI and police chief dismissed and refused to answer questions, which might have settled the matter? Ask why they were allowed into an exclusion zone with a radar equipped vehicle unless they were authorized to be there? Why were they active in military style uniforms, in large backpacks moments before the explosions, and within yards of the explosion? Does anyone ask those questions any longer, and then stand until there are answered? Look at the photos and judge for yourself.
So, at the end of all this, what is the end game? It must always be the fundamental question when asking these questions. What is the cost benefit for the government? The streets of Boston, a major American city are empty, highways deserted, the population locked behind their doors. Could this be an experiment in crowd control? Of pacifying a population? Greater surveillance? An article today in Slate was titled “We Need More Cameras and We Need Them Now: The case for surveillance.” http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/04/boston_bomber_photos_the_marathon_bombing_shows_that_we_need_more_security.html
Be angry not afraid about what the media and government is selling you, and what they are attempting to do to this nation, not in the future but right now…
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