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July 29, 2014

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Boston authorities do America proud

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We are so thankful to the authorities in Watertown, Mass., for their work last Friday.

Watching the process develop made me extremely proud to live in the United States, where we follow the rule of law and a person is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty. The sanctity of life was paramount in everything the police; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and FBI did.

What a wonderful example of our national mentality. Sure, upon determining that someone was hiding in that boat injured, the police could have “taken him out.” This would have been easier, less costly and definitely protected against innocent deaths. But this is the United States and we treasure human life.

What other nation would have handled the situation this way? I am so very proud to be an American and a part of a society that reveres justice over revenge.

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  1. Bostonians did a lot of things right. And made us all proud. But they blew it too BEFORE the Marathon. How? Boston has prided itself on not implementing camera surveillance. In fact won awards and praise from the ACLU for doing so. After the attack, Boston authorities had to depend on private cameras and individuals, like Lord and Taylor, rather than the city to nab the Brothers Tsarnaev. Not a good testament to the wisdom of Boston authorities, at least for the use of cameras.

    Carmine D

  2. El_Lobo - "Wow! It appears the letter writer hit a nerve or two with Future. Future's long winded rant goes on and on and on and on....."

    Since the first time Obama was presented as a candidate a few on the far right fell off the planet of sanity. They are reacting to a person and events that don't exist. You can sum up their reaction in one word ... DELUSIONAL!

    Paraphrasing Grover Norquist, imagine if the government was cut down to a size small enough to drown in a bath tub. We most likely would be searching for the bombers many years from now. Thank goodness for the man hours and resources dedicated to solving the bombing.

  3. The Boston Police ,FBI and all other law enforcement people did a excellent job of preventing the two terrorist brothers from creating a second or even a third bombing attack. The fact that they the authorties kept on the tail of the terrorist brethers gave them no time to re-group and cause more death and destruction.Say no more and just clap just like all the citizens of Watertown did after the capture of the lone terrorist brother.

  4. Boston blew it as far as preventing the Tsarnaev brothers from doing the deed. If you want to look to a city that would have prevented them, look to NYC and Ray Kelly. They are ready for terrorists. Boston was not. That's why it got hit and hard: 3 dead, 1 seriously injured and 200 injured many with multiple amputations.

    Carmine D

  5. Anyone who wants to critcize the Boston Police and the FBI,should get on a plane and go to Boston get a bull horn stand on a platform and tell them what a bad job they did .Lets see how that flies.

  6. Earle is correct in saying that "...upon determining that someone was hiding in that boat injured, the police could have 'taken him out'" That was not, however, due to a lack of trying.

    Have you seen pictures of that boat after the shooting stopped? A LOT of holes - and the latest report I've seen is that Tsarnaev didn't have a gun - it wasn't actually a "shot-out." Just think, all those shots fired by trained shooters and apparently not one even touched him!

  7. Bull horns are not used by the victims. Law suits are.

    Carmine D

  8. So why were they ever let into the U.S.? Why did the survivor get citizenship? Why were they not deported? Because they hadn't yet killed anyone? We don't need to feed the lawyers, public defenders, court staff with multi-millions to process this perp. He should never see the light of day again. Turn key in lock. Lose key. What could make a lesser sentence? He didn't know he'd hurt people?

  9. The help I will give you young lad is with your math. 2013-2001 is 12 years ago. A lot of things changed in 12 years in NYC including the addityion of Ray Kelly, probably the best Police Commissioner in the country. And the addition of a steel ring. And a terror squad of over 1000 agents and officers just to mention a few and a host of other anti-terrorist features.

    Remember DC, the Pentagon, was hit too. And a lot has changed in DC in 12 years.

    President Bush kept the U.S. safe from 9-12-2001 until January 2009. We owe him a huge collective vote of thanks.

    Carmine D

  10. Boston is now. 9-11 was 12 years ago. A lot has changed. That's the answer.

    Carmine D