Boston Police Still Calling Random Light-Up Devices 'Hoax' Bombs

from the it's-not-a-hoax dept

Earlier this year, a Cartoon Network marketing promotion became a huge story in the city of Boston when police assumed that some promotional light-up boxes were actually bombs. Rather than admit that they made a mistake and overreacted, the authorities in Boston continued to accuse the folks behind the promotion of perpetrating a "hoax" on the city. Of course, a hoax is where you try and trick people. None of the folks involved in the promotion were trying to trick anyone into believing the promotional devices were bombs. They were simply promotional. However, Boston still seems to be focused on calling any electronics device they don't understand a hoax device. The latest situation involves an MIT student wearing a sweatshirt that included a homemade electrical component that would light up LEDs on the sweatshirt. It's certainly understandable that security would want to check out the device and understand it. It's even somewhat understandable that they would be quite concerned about a homemade electrical device found in a sweatshirt. Walking into an airport with such a device is asking for trouble. However, to then accuse her of possessing a "hoax device," seems a bit absurd. This wasn't a "hoax" device at all. She wasn't trying to trick anyone.

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  1. identicon
    Sefu binta, 22 Sep 2007 @ 10:24am

    The really Sad Thing

    The really ad thing is that we talk about being free and look at how we live. We cower in our corners like scared children at the first blinking light or closed paper bag. We spend billions "protecting" ourselves. What are we protecting. We have messed in everyone else's business that they no longer admire the US but they hate the US. We have perpetrated so much crap on the world that we are no longer safe at home. did Ronald Reagan really win the cold war. Have we just become another soviet union, with a KGB (Homeland Security). 9-11 did change american life. For a while we were the envy of every nation, now we are the laughing stock of the world, ducking and dodging every blinking light and paper bag we see.

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