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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    zcat, 22 Sep 2007 @ 5:11am

    Not saying it's right but...

    Not that I'm defending the air of paranoia. Over the last six years, 3000 people have been killed by terrorist bombings.. compare that to plain old homicide, 96,000. Drunk driving, 102,000. lack of healthcare, 108,000. Suicides, 180,000.. hell, you're about 60 times as likely to kill yourself as get killed by a terrorist. The numbers all go up from there too.. I haven't seen any cause-of-death numbers lower, nobody bothers to keep track of the 'falling-satellite' death toll. The level of paranoia is totally fucking insane compared to the actual risk!

    But it's still there. You'd have to have been living under a rock since mid-2001 to not know that walking around any airport in the USA (let alone Boston) carrying any kind of homemade exposed-wires-and-batteries circuit board is going to result in at least some questions. Or on a bad day, a bullet first and questions afterwards.

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