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.

Filed Under: boston, hoax, mooninite

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Victor Mess, 22 Sep 2007 @ 8:56pm


    Hey dude, you know why so many people believe that we are torturing detainee's at Gitmo, and why Iraq is a losing mess. Look at how they treat prisoners here in US jails and prisons. In case you don't know prisoners are beaten, ganged up upon, stomped and murdered while in custody. Watch the prison stories on MSNBC and watch the coward (guards) gang up on inmates. Where if you or I were meet in the streets by a dude with a bat or a knife we would have to fact that threat. So what do you suppose the same types would do to "enemy combatants" that no-one gives a damn about. The military and police are full of pin-headed, weak-knee'd jerks that put on a uniform and think they have grown balls.
    A friend of mine encountered a corrections officer in a Sams club store and beat the crap out of him because as he explained to me he was the kinda guy that thought he was tough on the inside, but for real he was a chump on the outside.
    And about the Vietnam thing, I am a Vietnam Vet and it gripes my azz to hear that 20 years later they finally admit that Vietnam was a joke. 53,000 lives lost, for nothing, you would have thought we learned our lesson about going to countries having a war to make other people live the way we do when they really don't want to live like US. Lets stop now and not let another 47,000 lives be lost. Not to mention how Vietnam vets are treated.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: I Invented Email
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.