Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack.
"The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city," he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported. "This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself."
The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264.
Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as a member of the Republican Party, said the door-to-door searches police conducted in Watertown for the bombing suspects were particularly alarming.
They reminded of a "military coup in a far off banana republic," he said, Politico reported. "Force lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down."
Mr. Paul reminded the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was ultimately discovered by a civilian, and not due to police crackdown, Politico reported.
"He was discovered by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police," he said. "And he was identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police."
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