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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Instant military

 


It is all well and good the suspected bombers in Boston were stopped from taking more lives, injuring more people and doing more damage.  There is no doubt those two brothers were identified, found and neutralized in a record amount of time.  We saw the people in the neighborhood cheer and applaud as the law enforcement, federal agents, state police and local police left the arrest site.

 

There is just one thing to remember regarding this incident.  Local and state police were federalized, the government stepped in and "locked down" an entire American city, military-like tactical gear was brought in to a city with heavy armored vehicles and automatic weapons of war, they marched through the streets, closed down the entire city and went from house to house searching inside without warrants.  If it wasn't called marshal law it resembled it so closely one could scarcely tell the difference.

 

Without a doubt people rested easier when the suspect was found and apprehended.  Yes, the law enforcement agencies along with the federal and state agencies coupled with the military saved the day.  One lesson we should learn, however, should be that what we witnessed in a five-day period after an horrific incident, the capability of military-like armaments and law enforcement under the leadership of the political structure can so easily and quickly come together to enact a marshal law type of control that immobilizes citizens in a sequester to their homes and subjects them to searches without the benefit of warrants from the court.  This should give us pause to realize this action is not so difficult to accomplish in America given the right circumstances.

 
Jim Killebrew

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