Holding Boston hostage

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April 21, 2013
by Sandy Isenstadt  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Boston was in lockdown Friday. The machinery of a major metropolitan area in the richest nation on earth had come to a grinding halt. We know why this is happened -- a terrorist manhunt -- but how, exactly, does a modern bustling city come to a full stop? In fact, much of ordinary life continues. Water still comes from the taps for a shower; you can telephone your family and friends; you can even work on your computer or read quietly in the backyard. But one key aspect of city life stopped: the movement of people. What matters most in a lockdown of this scale is the ability to halt the circulation of people. Whether or not a lockdown works often depends on who –- the citizens or the terrorist suspect -- can stay still the longest." (04/19/13)


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