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Bettynh BS: Boston Lockdown (55* d) RE: BS: Boston Lockdown 26 Apr 13

It's spooky, I'll admit that. All those empty streets and uniformed men rushing around in special vehicles. My first thought was the hunt for Montag in Fahrenheit 451 (which in the movie was entirely for the TV audience). But it's not unprecedented. Google "empty streets" for most major cities and you'll find pictures of New York, Chicago, Boston and others - battened down usually for a stowstorm or hurricane. People have learned that it works - when traffic was allowed in New York during a storm this winter the Long Island Expressway during a storm this winter the end result was a parking lot of cars with people needing rescue and then a tow zone that took days to clear. Boston learned that lesson in 1978. Give it a day. Stay home. That said, there were no guards demanding that people go inside. Most pictures of "empty streets" show a few pedestrians, usually attached to dogs that needed to go OUT. In Boston, there were small groups of students foraging for a meal as well. In the uncertainty of that day, it wasn't possible for life to continue as normal. They were defusing bombs and searching for an unknown number of people who had killed without warning twice in a week. House-to-house searching was voluntary and methodical. They missed searching the home with the boat by a couple blocks (never underestimate the running range of a 19 year old adrenalated guy). And, of course, the streets were empty for the movement of broadcast vehicles as well. What you don't see is the size of the hoard BEHIND all those TV cameras.

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