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To the Editor:
Has Watertown made warrantless searches the new normal?

It appears the 4th Amendment was thrown out the window in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terror bombing and subsequent police chase in Cambridge, MA, that came to a screeching halt in Watertown.

Seemingly, for the first time in the United States, we witnessed paramilitary-garbed law enforcement personnel forcing residents out of their homes at gunpoint. In some cases, the language used by the law enforcement was menacing.

Because of the hysteria that comes after a terror event, the American people wanted the perpetrators caught and, in doing so, appeared to have allowed their rights against unlawful search and seizure not be suspended, but removed.
These past events in Watertown have set a precedent. The police can now enter our homes anytime they want. It just requires a verbal massaging of the circumstances. After all, who ever heard of “shelter in place” before April 19, 2013?

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Randy Miller
Carrollton, OH


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