Reflecting On The Boston Marathon Bombing And Manhunt

We look back at a week that will be hard to forget.

The military presence in Boston after the Marathon bombing.
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Reflecting on the Boston Marathon Bombing and Manhunt
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Reflecting on the Boston Marathon Bombing and Manhunt

What a week it was.

Today at 2:50, Boston and all of New England will observe a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Boston Marathon bombing one week ago...a shocking event that terrorized a city during one of its greatest celebrations.

The week that followed was filled with tension as the FBI and local law enforcement searched for suspects, motives, some answers.

Then, the first real break...with the release of pictures, showing two brothers - Cambridge residents, ethnic Chechens as the suspects.

We woke up Friday morning to stories of gun battles with police - another cop dead, one suspect dead, and terror and explosions in the streets of Watertown.

A city shut down - silent for a day.

Then, the dramatic capture of 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Today, Colin McEnroe joins me to try to make sense of what we learned...and what’s next.



Email from Alfredo

Treating a national citizen as an enemy combatant and suspending his constitutional rights in the name of security is exactly what the Argentine Juntas did during the military regime of 1976-1982. They were fighting the so called "dirty war" against "international" leftist terrorism. The result were thousands of "desaparecidos" (missing people),clandestine detention centers, and torture interrogation. The world rejected and condemned this, universally, and ostracized Argentina.

Email from Sue

An NPR show (maybe even WWL?) on Friday where Jack Beatty was a contributor took a caller from Atlanta who pooh-poohed the lockdown of Boston as an infringement on civil rights. He noted the shootings at the Olympics and the fact that there was no lockdown there.

First of all, I believe the lockdown in Boston was voluntary. That being said, perhaps you can discuss possible regional differences in the response to it.

Jack Beatty, a Boston native, saw what was happening in Boston as an example of large-scale civic duty in action, a civilized response of a community coming together.

The guy in Atlanta saw it as The Government taking away his right to defend himself. He played the ol' Second Amendment card. A totally misinterpreted use of it, and in my opinion, a joke.

But then, I'm a new Englander. I wonder if southern states might feel more attuned to the guy from Atlanta while "Yankees" (and perhaps other areas of the country) might feel more attuned to Jack Beatty's interpretation. Am I just being provincial?

Email from Esmeralda

I spoke with many family and friends in the Boston/Cambridge area during the shutdown - pretty much all of them just worked from home so it sounds like the true economic impact would have been felt more from the retail businesses.

Email from Peter

I heard some Sunday morning TV show commentary that asked whether the Boston / Watertown lock down would have occurred had the brothers only used guns + not the pressure cooker bombs.