Magazine article The New American

"Martial Law" in Watertown: The Civil Rights Situation

Magazine article The New American

"Martial Law" in Watertown: The Civil Rights Situation

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"Boston," former Congressman Ron Paul argued in a column for LewRockwell.com on April 29, "got a taste of martial law" during the Boston Marathon bombing ordeal. The reaction to Dr. Paul's column was a hyperventilating broadcast by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who claimed Paul had "lied" in the column. O'Donnell claimed Paul had lied because the former Texas congressman claimed "tanks" had been used in Boston streets, and the military-style armored cars and humvees used on Boston streets had wheels instead of the caterpillar treads employed by tanks. In another argument on a meaningless technicality. O'Donnell stressed that the state-imposed curfew was officially "voluntary," and therefore it wasn't "martial law."

The reality was more complex. Police and other public officials did declare a "voluntary" curfew across Watertown. Boston, and Cambridge, as O'Donnell had stressed. And one Watertown resident told THE NEW AMERICAN she saw a neighbor walk his dog unmolested during the curfew. But some people were definitely harassed for violating the "voluntary" curfew--even famous Boston-area television reporters claimed on-air they had been searched multiple times in "stop-and-frisk" warrantless searches. Other Boston television reporters aired video of distraught civilians who were in the process of being detained and searched by police without warrants for the crime of walking down the street during the "voluntary" curfew.

And there were multiple warrantless searches in the Boston area during the manhunt, though all of the residents of Dexter Avenue and Nichols Street in the Watertown lockdown area interviewed by THE NEW AMERICAN said police first asked permission to search their homes. …

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