Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2013

Bloomberg calls for Constitution to ‘change’ after Boston bombings, give up privacy for more safety

In the wake of the Boston bombing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word 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.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Image/NBC Video Screen Shot

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Image/NBC Video Screen Shot

“We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff. That’s good in some sense, but it’s different from what we are used to.”

“Our obligation, first and foremost,” he said, “is to keep our kids safe in the schools. First and foremost [it’s] to keep you safe if you [go] to a sporting event. First and foremost, [it’s] to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks.”

Boston-based civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate told Reason.com he is very troubled by the measures taken by law enforcement officials during the manhunt for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“It was only after people were allowed out of their houses did somebody spot the guy, proving that an alert citizenry is more capable of ensuring safety than an army of militarized police,” said Silverglate, who described Gov. Deval Patrick’s advisory to “shelter in place” as “outrageous and counterproductive” and likened it to something out of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World.

“The whole shelter in place was symbolically very bad; it gave the people the notion that we were under some kind of military attack,” said Silverglate, who said Boston was more closed down last week than London was during the German bombings in World War II.

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  1. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confirms plans to follow Boston Marathon bombing with attack on New York - The Global Dispatch says:

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  2. KD says:

    Don’t give up your rights! Don’t give up your guns or your privacy. If our WWW privacy is taken away, people will alter the way they use the web. Clearly the world will be or is already educated regarding the way our government is and plans to be monitoring internet communication. People with bad intentions will find a different way to communicate and a different weapon to accomplish their twisted goals. Don’t give up your rights!

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