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  •  Much of what you say is true (6+ / 0-)

    We do have to be vigilant against the creeping edge of tyranny, especially at a time when so many are willing to sacrifice freedom for the illusion of safety. And it is quite possible for the best-intended law enforcement effort to spin off the pavement and wind up axle-deep in absurdity.

    But you're also overstating your case, and that undermines your argument. At this point, "they" do not have "complete control over the flow of information." Indeed, you point out that officials have requested that folk refrain from real-time chronicling of events via social media; they haven't simply shut down Internet access or cut power to server farms. "They" have remarkably limited control for autocratic bogeymen.

    And I'm sorry, but even an aggressive door-to-door search for a clearly dangerous man (who was, according to witnesses, willing to drive over his own brother to get away from police) is not analogous to the invasion of Iraq.

    There does not appear to be any intent -- much less any possibility -- that the current situation in Boston will extend beyond the manhunt. If there were any rational reason to think it would, then it would be sensible to raise calm, specific concerns. But there isn't, and you're not. You're conflating a short-term police effort with long-term national policy and international aggression. And that doesn't serve your purpose, which is (I believe) to warn the community that there are those who pose very real threats to its freedom, and they don't all use bombs or come from overseas.

    Is the current situation sensible? Is it an abuse? Is it over-reaching? Prudent? Commendable? Vile? In the heat of the moment, we're probably not in the best position to judge. So why not take a moment, calm down, give the folk we've hired a chance to do their jobs as best they can, accept for the moment both their professional judgment and their good intent, and hold off on proclaiming calamity until we can actually see what transpires.

    If in the clear light after the manhunt is over, after folk have had a chance to forget that they're afraid and feeling vulnerable, a careful analysis of the situation indicates that things should have been handled differently, then let's work to make the necessary changes to help ensure that's the way it gets handled in the future (god forbid it should have to be).

    One of the greatest assets progressives have is the simple fact that our positions can be rationally defended. Let's make sure don't lose that vital asset -- or even give others an opportunity to claim that we have lost it.

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:20:57 AM PDT

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