Boston drama sparks new debate on security and civll liberties

It remains to be seen whether the Boston Marathon bombing is seen as a unique event or as part of a trend of increasing political violence, writes Niall Stanage.

20th April, 2013
Swat teams move into position in Watertown while searching for one of the two marathon bombing suspects. Photo: Getty

The week began with horror in the United States, slipped into confusion and anxiety, and ended in relief. One of the two brothers suspected of having carried out the Boston Marathon bombing died after a confrontation with police in the early hours of Friday morning. His surviving sibling was apprehended that evening after an enormous manhunt that closed down the city and captured the world's attention.

There were public celebrations on Boston's streets. But that...

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