It's been far from a normal Friday in Boston and the surrounding area, as thousands of officers with rifles and armored vehicles swarm the streets.
They're continuing the search for a 19-year-old college student, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing. His brother Tamerlan was killed last night.
Boston and some of its suburbs are still at a virtual standstill. Public transit systems have been idle today, and people in Boston were told to stay where they are.
Several area colleges and universities were locked down. And the Red Sox and Bruins have postponed their games tonight.
If it weren't for surveillance video around Boston, the FBI never would have been able to identify the Tsarnaev brothers as suspects. That makes a case for more surveillance of public places.
And, if it turns out the Tsarnaev brothers were not part of an organized terrorist cell, a renewed push for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act may arise. It would allow for private companies to share their customers' internet traffic with the government. The Act has passed the House twice, but been denied by the Senate.
Does this week's attack in Boston change your stance on surveillance of the general public? Would you support something like the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act? Or do you feel nothing could have prevented this attack and Americans still need some modicum of privacy?