Letters to the Editor: Find the audio leakers and give them a reward
On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing I found myself reading a letter by former New York congressman Tom Andrews, who served in the House from 1997 to 2001 and lost his seat after a vote by the Republican controlled House last month. He sent that letter from the hospital after he had undergone emergency surgery for a colon tumor. Andrews also wrote a letter to the editor in the Boston Globe.
The congressman’s account of the attack by his attacker is so sad that one has to wonder why he wrote it. The bombing took place on April 15, 2011, during a peaceful protest against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, with mostly young and relatively unarmed people who were mostly peaceful at the time. The two Americans who were killed are David Ortiz, a former baseball player, and Sean Collier, a Boston College student.
I have met or corresponded with several of the victims in recent years. They were courageous, thoughtful and committed people. My family and I were also there that day. I do not wish any harm on them. I believe that they know the truth about the motivation of the terrorist.
I would like to believe that he made the choice to die rather than live. However, there is no way to know. There is no way to know if he could have walked away that day; if he could have used a firearm or if he would have been able to find a group willing to carry one for him.
We just know that there were a few moments when he realized that what he was doing was wrong. We do not know the extent, nor the quality, nor the circumstances, nor the motive.
We do know that he was not the only person to decide to do something like this, and we know that there were other people who were involved in that day. We do know that he knew what the consequences were. He had done other bombings and other attacks for what appeared to be no reason. He had a violent streak. He was known to have gotten into fights with both students and others. I have seen what he did in the newspapers.
When it is done again, I want to suggest that there should be some kind of reward for the person who was the leaker of the Boston Marathon bombing. I want to suggest that they should be rewarded and that they should be encouraged to continue to speak out.