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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    Thales, 21 Sep 2007 @ 9:15pm

    Any real life experience?

    Have any of you actually seen an IED, like actually handled one or had to -search- for one? I've seen IEDs rigged behind Saddam posters, I've seen acid-filled lightbulbs serve as IEDs... they don't adhere to any particular to form, so you can't blame them for taking precautions. Think about it, they are continually put in a situation where they have to make judgment calls in order to protect themselves and those around them. It doesn't matter what the intent was behind it, it doesn't matter if she thought it was harmless or that the Boston PD is stupid... what matters is she went into an airport that was the site of two plane hijackings with something that could have BEEN an IED and was detained as a result. As for the stupid, ignorant defense "terrorists wouldn't do something so obvious" or "they don't look like she did"; IEDs look like anything and everything, they are made and strategically placed to do the most damage. If you aren't suspecting something obvious then you might overlook it, and vice versa, this applies to both the terroristic individual and the weapon they choose to employ. I say they rightfully erred on the side of caution and things turned out as they should... although if they had trashed the girl it would have been far more fitting.

    -fin
    Thales

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