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Saturday's Show: Boston bombings and questions, with guest Gary Welsh streamed from the Isaacs Center of Peace.

   Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will stream live from the Isaacs Center of Peace, 8001 Westfield Boulevard. Our guest panelists will be Gary Welsh, who has covered the Boston bombings and the investigation thereafter, on "Advance Indiana," and Marilene Isaacs, from whose Center we will do The Show.

   There are a lot of questions that arise with the bombs that went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, some of which relate to this: If someone is on an FBI "watch" list, are they watched? I thought that was why civil libertarians (like me) become upset at the existence of government lists. If such lists are not going to be kept, then let us know. I would prefer the government not punk us by maintaining it has a fictional vast network of surveillance.

   On the other hand, the people in Homeland Security have a lot of work to do. They have a lot of possible "leads" in a given week. 

   Other questions involve the videos and photographs that came from the scene, the chase of the Tsaraev bothers after the explosions, and the weird ways in which the story---or stories---broke.

   One dynamic that should be removed from the equation is media pressure, generated (from all the channels) for a "break" to come. Investigations take time. If you want a "quick" outcome, it might not be the "true" outcome. Let the cops do their jobs. Miranda Rights still have to be read, though.

   The Show will be fun and enlightening. Join us. 

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