Across the area, as police cars screamed down streets and helicopters hovered ahead, authorities urged the public to stay inside, their doors locked to anyone but a law-enforcement officer.
“There is a massive manhunt under way,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. “We are asking people to shelter in place.”
The lockdown initially affected more than 300,000 people in Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, Brighton, Allston and Belmont, but by 8 a.m., the entire city of Boston was paralyzed, officials said.
Travel in the city of over 600,000 is virtually impossible. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has suspended activity. All schools and public buildings are closed. “All city employees were told to stay in place and not come to work. If they are already at work, they have been asked to stay in place,” NBC News reports this morning.
In Watertown, Massachusetts, State Police confirm they are conducting a door-to-door, house-to-house search. “Police will be going door by door, street by street, in and around Watertown. Police will be clearly identified. It is a fluid situation,” Dailybhaskar reports.
According to CBS News, “Shelter in place” is usually used for chemical or biological attack.
The Spectator Sport of Terrorism in Amerika!
Come one come all and witness the great police state of Amerika! Cheer on your favorite SWAT team as they hunt down the terrorist scum. Today we have new participants from the National Guard just back from the IED and terrorist laden warzones of the middle east. Set your DVR's to entertain and make some popcorn we've got a terrorist hunt ON!!
...of the ability of the state at all levels to unify militarily and violate constitutional rights en masse, supported by state media and massive weaponry. The breathlessness and tenor of the mainstream reporting is particularly agitprop. A decade of unnecessary war and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and two decades since the Waco murders were nationally "celebrated" make statist sense now. Thanks, Anthony, for your great work on this, it's certainly timely today.