US Constitution Under Sustained Assault in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombings (+video)

Since the horrific Boston Marathon bombings last week, the United States Constitution seems to have taken more criticism than Islamic jihadists. Instead of questioning why two Islamic terrorists would choose to wreak their armed havoc in a state with near-record low gun ownership and some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws, many of our so-called leaders are calling for us to abandon the Constitution.

Take New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example. Yesterday, he called on the nation to change its laws and “interpretation” of the Constitution so that we can prevent the type of attacks experienced in Boston:

[W]e live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.

This frightening reaction isn’t only restricted to Bloomberg. Increasingly, members of the GOP have asserted that the Constitution shouldn’t apply to the bombing suspect who was captured alive. Both John McCain and Lindsey Graham have argued that the bomber – a US citizen – should be treated as an enemy combatant. In other words, the Bill of Rights should not apply.

Most Americans have also heard that, even though the Obama Administration has decided to try the alleged bomber in a civilian court, that he has not been Mirandized or afforded access to an attorney given the special circumstances of the case.


Now, no one in his or her right mind would dare have any sympathy for the alleged bomber given what happened in Boston. He should be subjected to a vigorous prosecution and, if found guilty, be executed for his horrendous crimes.

But the fact that the federal government seems to now think it can, based upon its own unilateral classification, strip away all constitutional protections afforded to US citizens for the last 220-plus years should disturb any person concerned with liberty.

This isn’t the first time that critics of increasing federal power have raised the alarm. Just last month, Senator Rand Paul filibustered President Obama’s proposed CIA nominee over the Administration’s suggestion that the president has the authority to kill US citizens in America with armed drones. Given this thermal image of the bombing suspect from a police drone, it doesn’t seem that that day may be too far off:

Also alarming is how multiple federal and state agencies handled the search for the 19 year-old bombing suspect. The following videos show police demanding entry to residences in Massachusetts, presumably without warrants, forcing residents to exit their homes, and taking other actions that one would typically only see in a police state:

Here’s additional footage taken by another Watertown resident:

Terrorism is undeniably a major threat to the United States. But the rush of many within our ruling class to jettison our fundamental rights in exchange for a little perceived security poses a far greater threat to our future.

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“Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” General John Stark, 1809 (Revolutionary War hero, origin of New Hampshire’s state motto).

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, 1775

  • They have certainly oiled up that slippery slope…

  • Linda

    The Constitution has been under attack since Jan.20, 2008. An Evil empire has been set up in our nations capital.

  • lee595t

    liberals are insane they dont know how good they have under the Constution. liberals are children you tell them not touch the hot stove yep they tuch it and they turn around and do it again. Very very stupid bunch of people.

  • Bettie

    What is terrifying is how the media is controlling how the issue is seen. Boston is to immigration what Newtown is to Gun Control. The silence is deafening, why aren’t we in an outrage and why are we are not demanding that all immigration must be stopped and The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 be placed on the garbage heap. This bill is a directly responsible for the whites becoming a minority in this country. Where is the outrage? All media is repeating the same refrain: This is the new normal, it will happen again and we will just get up and start over again. Why hasn’t this been treated in the same manner by the press as Gun Control? What is terrifying is the lock down. We need heavy duty weapons incase our government goes Rouge. It will happen in this country.

  • popeye

    Goodbye freedom and liberty, it was nice to know ya.
    Get these communists OUT of our government and homes!

  • SturdyStew

    Let’s change our interpretation of the Constitution that gives “birthright” citizenship to children of illegal aliens instead. Its more logical to require that the parents be citizens. This amendment failed to pass after the South’s revolution failed so the north instituted martial law and passed it after taking voting rights from white Southerners.

  • jpeters3270

    The liberal/progressives (including McCain and Graham) are looking for any “crisis” to exploit to flush the Constitution down the toilet. We must stand firmly with the Constitution especially now that it protects some one’s rights who is clearly evil. Let’s give him a fair trial and THEN hang him.

    • 1_Eddie_1

      Absolutely! I want to see fair trials for the traitors to our Constitution.

    • frawgeyz

      I agree!

  • terrorism wins by the approved methods of political-correctness.

  • The question is how many of these episodes the public will tolerate before demanding major restrictions on immigrations from places which breed terror.

  • The Goat

    Mmmmmmm he says he (52% white) = Prez says he can KILL American citizens near and afar and say the Boston bombing w/wmd + he is nautralized citizen he has constitutional rights. By golly the (48% other) = Prez is confused, oops i am sorry since this POI has done nothing in his life before and now after being on the throne he has done nothing constructive but only destructive and devisive – what a man/gopher.

  • dISGUSTED

    Leave our Constitution alone. It works just fine. It just doesn’t work the way to you to change America. LEAVE IT ALONE.

  • frawgeyz

    Joe! You are thinking critically outside the box. One’s first reaction is to be happy to call this slime an enemy combatant.
    Yet you are corrcet that our rights are being taken away should he not be afforded his rights as a US (ugh) citizen!
    This would only pave the way for those of us who are real Americans to fall under the same fate. I think that this is the idea of the powers that be.

  • jdelaney3

    Well said. I’ve been deeply offended and unnerved by Graham’s and Bloomberg’s attacks on the Constitution. Would I like to see this terrorists flogged and skinned alive? Absolutely! But, my justified need for vengence is, fortunately, tempered by my respect for the Constitution. AM sick of these so-called “leaders” and so-called “conservatives” undermining our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. They offend me as much as the terrorist does.