They didn't even shut the city down after the bombs on Monday - even while these two guys were on the loose. That's worth thinking about. OK. What I'm thinking is that there would have been no point, since at that point the police didn't know what they were looking for. One guy? Or two? White? Brown? Pipe bomb? C4? On foot? In a car? Pressure cooker? Domestic? Foreign? What good would shutting everything down do?By contrast, at the end of the week they knew EXACTLY who they were looking for. They wanted to isolate him/them by restricting public transportation. They knew what their car looked like, and later, the car they carjacked. Now you have them isolated to a specific geography, unable to travel a great distance, and obvious to all if they tried to hoof it out on foot. I don't recall widespread shutdowns when this guy was on the loose. Your Eric Rudolph example is absurd. Again, they didn't make the connection to Rudolph for months. When they did, they thought he was in survivalist mode, living in a desolate forest, surviving off the land and the occasional break-in of an uninhabited cabin. What in earth would shutting down Atkanta or Raleigh or wherever have accomplished? And, of course, there are some who are demanding he be sent to Gitmo for a military court, rather than a civilian court. This, I think, is a terrible mistake. I don't know how the USSC can countenance two entirely separate systems I'd justice within the same country, based in a presupposition of the motivations of a crime which hasn't even been adjudicated yet.But then I also think this particular USSC isn't very logical in some of it's rulings anyway, so there's that.
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