Freedom Isn’t Free


Well, it happened again. Details are still sketchy but we know that somebody detonated some bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Some people are dead and many more are injured. We don’t yet know who is responsible or what their motives were. Whatever the motives this is another case of terrorism.

The United States has seen terrorism before today and we’ll see it again in the future. While we can take precautions we can’t make life 100% safe. Terrorists aren’t picky about who they kill. Any place where people gather is a potential target. Killing is a matter of will, not technology.

The one thing we should never do is trade our freedom for the illusion of safety. If we do, the terrorists win.

I don’t know about you but the Patriot Act and the TSA grope-a-thons sure didn’t make me feel any safer.

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31 Responses to Freedom Isn’t Free

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Regardless of their motives, there is something mentally wrong with people who commit terrorist acts. Some are just plain crazy, others dress up their crimes as acts in furtherance of a cause.

    But they are all insane.

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    NBC: Not Part of a Larger Threat

    “Boston police say there was no specific intelligence warning of any kind of attack, and federal officials tonight say there is no reason to think that this is part of any larger threat. At this point they believe it is confined to Boston, but a meeting tonight will decide whether any kind of national alert will be sent out. There is no suspect in custody, authorities say, but some people are being questioned, including some with injuries who were taken to Boston hospitals. One of those, a person in whom there is some interest, is a young person who was here on a student visa,” NBC reports.

    MSNBC will be so disappointed if the bomber isn’t a Tea Partier.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Rachel Madcow spent about an hour this evening going over details of all the right-wing terrorists and their methods. She’s practically drooling over the idea of this being a tea-partier.

    • Constance says:

      It has to be Sarah Palin. Or else she inspired it by breathing.

  4. yttik says:

    We can do a lot to reduce terrorism but giving up our freedoms is not one of them. One thing we could do is to convince the media to stop glorifying these kind of acts with non stop coverage that uses adjectives like “bold and audacious.” Terrorists and future terrorists need to hear words like, “impotent, weak, cowardly, mentally defective.”

    We also need some strong political leadership, people at the top who call these acts “terrorism” and who say that there are no excuses, no videos to blame, no politics that justify the murder of innocents. Some strong language from the top would not hurt, like calling these acts cowardly.

    Common sense wouldn’t hurt either. Rather then gate raping 80 year old women at airports, we could recognize that the majority of these acts are being committed by young men, usually from the ME.

  5. SHV says:

    ” don’t know about you but the Patriot Act and the TSA grope-a-thons sure didn’t make me feel any safer.”
    It’s funny that people still haven’t learned the “What goes around…comes around”
    People who opposed the new Bush/Cheney police state laws were call traitors by the right….Now that Obama and the Dems make Bush look like a paragon of personal freedom, they are crying foul.

    If Boston is a prelude to an IRA style “soft target” strategy, we are in deep shit…I don’t think that the politicians and the “keep us safe crowd” will show the restraint that the Brits did when they were threatened.

  6. votermom says:

    ‘Please don’t be a Muslim’: Boston marathon blasts draw condemnation and dread in Muslim world

    On the one hand I’m glad they are being more vocal.
    On the other hand, if any time there is a terrorist attack you get a sinking feeling it might be someone from your religion, maybe you should change religions?

  7. HELENK says:

    The Patriot Act and the radiation or molestation choice of the TSA make me feel less safe. They are acts of a government against it’s own people. People would stand up against outside attacks but willing submit to attacks from their own government . That makes those acts more dangerous.

  8. Jadzia says:

    Just woke up at 3am local time to this awful news. (Thanks, depression meds.) Have the victims’ names been released yet? I have friends who run this race and Google, P.I., is not helping, nor is there much TV coverage (no cable, no CNN int’l) way out here. Nor are Boston-area friends responding. Thx.

  9. swanspirit says:

    Daniel Bongino , former secret service ,is on Hannity

  10. swanspirit says:

    A picture is circulating on twitter purporting to show an arrest scene in the public park near the Boston marathon finish.

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  12. fif says:

    Someone might have already posted this today, but it also struck me re: the gun debate. If someone is mentally ill and fixated on murder, they will find a way.

  13. angienc (D) says:

    This is what the MIT building looks like tonight:

    No atheists in a foxhole & no vile progs in a terrorist attack.

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  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Praying for everyone concerned.

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