If you live in the NYC area you probably got a text message today warning you of a “Person of interest” related to the recent bombing.
This guys face is all over the media. Even in other countries they have photos of him. I read the BBC among other sites and it showed him and talked about the news. It is sad and unfortunate that this happened, and so many lives were affected as a result.
One of the greatest things about being free is the ability to do what you want when you want. It is no surprise that those who want to hurt others take advantage of that freedom. The CCTV footage was both a helpful tool and an unfortunate reality in our society. That area that was hit was one of NYC nicer neighborhoods, and I am sure that lots of people are scared because of this.
What is surprising about all of this is that a POI was found so quickly. It makes you wonder how much resources was poured into this to find the culprit. I wish we had the same amount of resources for every crime that affected people. Like the millions that were affected by the financial sector. Doesn’t it seem a little disingenuous that the scope of the crime seems to have no bearing the resources used to solve it?
Of course we all want to see the person who did this caught and have a fair trial. Ideally it would be even better if we could find a way to make peace with the kind of thinking that causes these situations. Rather than react with the police, perhaps we could establish a fund for people who feel they have been harmed by the US and allow people to make a legal case for recompense. Or have attorneys for free to investigate their claim. Certainly it is cheaper and better for everyone to do this than to clean up after frustrated people lash out isn’t it?
I don’t have all the answers. I just wish that no matter how angry someone is, they find a way to address the root causes than attacking innocent people. Please people, we are in this together.
Update: If you use NYC Notify alerts you will get an email about this.