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
    Thales, 22 Sep 2007 @ 10:51pm

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

    The weapons technology is the only thing that makes a soldier a soldier? Isn't that interesting... That makes me wonder why I had to learn Unarmed Combatives, survival training, rank and file and the stuff in AIT.

    I fail to see how what you have said has any relevance on what we have been discussing. No one claimed to be a hero, I certainly didn't, and I sure as hell didn't say I would murder anyone who disagreed with me. I didn't exult my greatness or beat my chest, I stated facts which I knew to be true and stated my opinion, never placing myself above anyone other than the jerk who posted about communist China. In fact I think I went out of my way to establish I had no part in any inhumane or dehumanizing acts with in "Gitmo"... but I guess when you're in a rush to seem like an asshole you can't be bothered to read. I'm so glad that your family tree and the weapons that you produce have single-handedly given us an edge in every war and conflict the country has taken part in. After this I'm going to write a letter to my congressman telling him that my training in the Army was ineffectual and pointless and that we simply need better weapons. Never mind the fact that a grunt on the ground with an M16a2 and proper training is one of the most effective and discerning methods of combat.

    My sister was near the second tower when it collapsed, she was in the Army at the time on leave visiting her boyfriend, she was caught in the collapse and killed... that was my reason for joining, and I served for her. It wasn't to seek revenge, if that were the case I would have applied for an infantry position. Prior to joining I was working towards a degree in computer programming, now I'm finishing my 1st year of medical school with the idea of reenlisting if possible. Don't presume to call me a bully when my intentions are to help people... don't presume to think that you are a hero either. You obviously can't read the discussion that has gone on here, but hey, you make the weapons that save the world, right?

    -fin
    Thales

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