I read about the Boston Marathon explosion with sorrow and then dread. 

First, the sorrow.  I thought about all the people injured and the many more shaken and scared.  I thought about my friends running and watching the marathon and worried for them.

Second, the dread.  Like many of you, I suspect, this kind of event triggers memories of 9-11. Not only the horror of that day, but also everything that followed.  Especially the police militarization, racial profiling, and long-term back sliding on civil liberties and freedom.

I recognize that today’s events need to be handled with seriousness and even severity.  I just hope Boston, and the rest of the nation, will stay calm and measured. 

Both victims and suspects need to be treated with appropriate care.

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