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
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Sep 2007 @ 10:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: The Scary part...

    You have no idea who you are talking to and yet you make assumptions based on what you want to believe. You really are pretty ignorant. So let me tell you a little about myself.

    I come from a family with a US history that goes back to back to 1600's colonial days and we have fought with distinction in every damn war this country has ever been in from the revolutionary war forward. There's even a general or two in there. Sure, my family has sacrificed and died for this country, but so have many others. That doesn't make us special, we just try to do our part.

    As for my self, I did my bit in the military. These days I'm one of the guys who provide the "protection" that keeps people like Gitmo Boy alive. I'm a weapons engineer designing the kind of weapons for the US that make it the top military power in the world today. Yes, that's right. I said that our weapons technology is mainly responsible for our military power. Consider this: In the Iraq conflict, if the weapons technology roles were reversed who do you think would have prevailed? I mean if Saddam and his troops had all the weapons the US had (nuclear submarines, intercontinental nuclear missiles, aircraft carriers, stealth bombers, cruise missiles, etc., etc., etc.) and the US troops had the weapons Saddam had (a bunch of rusty old Soviet tanks, etc.), do you think the outcome of our invasion would have been the same? I can practically hear you screaming "Hell yeah cuz our troops is da best! They can do anything!" but that's bullshit. It would have been a massacre of US troops. If not for people like me. So just who's protecting who?

    As for Gitmo, I've actually been there so I'm not speaking out of total ignorance. Most of the people in the military are fine people who join the military for various reasons, mostly related to a combination of benefits and patriotism. But there are a few bad apples who see joining the military more as a way of getting away with things that would land them in prison as a civilian. One of the most disgusting things I encountered in Gitmo was listening to a couple of the bad apples brag about mistreating prisoners. These guys were basically bullies in uniforms and their attitudes reminded me of the poster who commented about how he would basically like to murder those whose disagree with him. So I dubbed him Gitmo Boy. For all I know, he may even be one of those individuals I encountered there.

    So GoblinJuice, if you and "Gitmo Boy" Thales ever feel like being the superheroes you think you are, I suggest you forgo the mere mortal technology that people like myself provide and just go running into battle bare handed using your superpowers to conquer all. I won't miss you two a bit. And neither, I suspect, will the people you would have liked to have murdered for disagreeing with you.

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