calling BS on the ‘there was no way to protect the entire route’ claim
With every imminently preventable attack that takes place on American soil — be it nutburgers with guns shooting up schools and movie theatres — to events like the bombing at the Boston Marathon, my frustration grows. Politicians and police officials come out by the dozens to say that there is no way to prevent against these sorts of attacks (unless they are proposing measures that will clearly do nothing to prevent against these sorts of attacks). I call bullsh*t on this. These attacks are preventable: We prevent them here in Israel all the time.
What should have been done at the Boston Marathon, and every other major event? It is easy, folks. You put barricades up at all the side streets connecting to the route and put an armed guard there: no admission via this point of entry allowed. Every 5th or 6th side street feeding into the route has several armed guards with metal detector wands and the public can enter via those points: Every person who enters has their backpacks/purses/bags visually checked and the wand passed over them and the person’s torso (checking for suicide bomb belts). This is done for all of our major events, be it some of the large-scale public protests with more than 400,000 attending, or smaller scale events like concerts. It is done if you want to enter a shopping mall. It has never taken me more than a 5-10 minute wait to gain entry to our public events, no matter how large, because the check of each person is quick and efficient.
This procedure would not protect against someone who lived along that route coming down from their apartment with the bomb(s) in tow — but it cuts down on the chance and if it were to be the case, investigators would know to hone in on people residing along the route. They’d know where to look.
And here’s the deal. This bombing took place at an event where the police were conducting a bomb exercise. The area at the start and finish were flooded with bomb sniffing dogs, police, lookouts on the roofs, etc. That exercise obviously gets a failing grade.
Pamela Geller, writing over at the American Thinker, has an excellent article up about the extremely sad state of American intelligence: The Epic Failure of the Intel Agencies