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Alert for Americans

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This letter is not an indictment of personnel keeping our country safe.

It is an alert to Americans to guard freedom and liberty from the federal government. Next time you are accosted by the TSA or scrutinized by a government agency, consider how the Boston bombers were apprehended.

The suspects were captured. This was made possible, not by the government and its futile attempts by the Department of Homeland Security or the TSA, but rather by people like you and me. Those responsible for identification and capture were normal, everyday citizens.

Identification of the suspects was made by an injured marathoner from his hospital bed. Video surveillance was not recorded by Big Sister or her DHS, but rather by a department store camera protecting goods from shoplifters. Ultimately, it was a homeowner, out for a smoke, who found something that did not look right when he found the bomber hiding in his backyard and alerted police.

Thank you to all who did the right things and the agents who made the arrest. Shame on the federal government, which again showed ineptness in allowing the suspects to travel freely in and out of the U.S. These men should have been on the radar of Big Sister, but now she can’t get her story straight. Did we know or did we not know? These are the agencies who want to expand and intrude on law abiding citizens.

This is the same administration and government who you elected to run our health care.

John Mercurio

McHenry

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