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(WCAX Vermont)   "It took police nearly four hours at the scene with robots and X-ray cameras before they determined the cooler was empty"   (wcax.com) divider line 58
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2012-08-09 08:58:30 PM
"It took police nearly four hours at the scene with robots and X-ray cameras before they determined the cooler was empty"

That's like a Budweiser commercial directed by Ingmar Bergman.
 
2012-08-09 09:27:54 PM
FTFA: Suspicious package prompts evacuations in Essex Jct

dtdstudios.com
 
2012-08-10 12:06:08 AM
I spent less than that and have these awesome pork chops.

/pig tastes good
 
2012-08-10 12:11:14 AM
What state was this in?

Vermont... Hmm, what are the odds they'll fingerprint the handle and arrest the owner for creating a disturbance and creating a simulated terrorist device? Or will they just sue him/her for the cost of sending out the response crew.
 
2012-08-10 12:14:51 AM
Another reason we're all broke.
 
2012-08-10 12:17:47 AM
Imagine that. A day and age when any idiot can put an IED in any inconspicuous object left in a suspicious location.

But, hey. Those damned, dirty pigs and their fearmongering, am I right?
 
2012-08-10 12:18:49 AM
Outsmarted by an empty box, heavily armed, and poorly supervised. Wonderful.
 
2012-08-10 12:19:31 AM
Russians cops would have just used a pencil to open the cooler.
 
2012-08-10 12:22:10 AM
borg: Russians cops would have just used a pencil to open the cooler.

Russian cops are also expendable. Spetznaz, on the other hand, would have done a backflip, thrown an axe at it, and landed clean with the explosion in the background, before putting on shades and striding away.
 
2012-08-10 12:22:40 AM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Suspicious package prompts evacuations in Essex Jct


"You never expect it in Essex."

Fetch the comfy chair.
 
2012-08-10 12:24:21 AM
When asked, Sgt. Schultz claimed he "knows nothing!" about the cooler being empty and was also at a loss as to the location of Col. Hogan.
 
2012-08-10 12:29:11 AM

BronyMedic: Imagine that. A day and age when any idiot can put an IED in any inconspicuous object left in a suspicious location.

But, hey. Those damned, dirty pigs and their fearmongering, am I right?


You are wrong. And also right.

It's not the damned dirty apes, er pigs, it's the whole attitude of the country at large. And it's gotten worse.

Not too long after 9/11, I was working at an office security job, and some fool came in one day, swinging a gym bag around by the strap. "I found this under someone's car in the parking lot, do you think it might be suspicious?" Well, not any more, my supervisor and I said, diving under the desk. We took the bag, and told the employee, next time, come get us FIRST and don't go grabbing it and swinging it around, okay? Not that either of us were IED experts; but we were reasonably intelligent people, and would have liked the chance to assess the bag first. You know, like by calling the probable owner and asking him/her if they had dropped a gym bag out by their car?

The problem is not that people are being overcautious, which is good; but that they're not assessing the situation, which is bad. Now here, this was a Federal building; the likelihood of a bomb in the parking lot is quite high. Probably they did the right thing by shutting. down. everything. and taking their time. However, when you see the same thing done in a shopping center--or, in our case, an out-of-the-way office building in a nondescript town--its highly UNLIKELY that any terrorist would be setting random bombs.

People here are brushing aside the fact that under the circumstances, the chances of a bomb were pretty good. But that same reaction, if applied to a mall, would be overdoing it. An attitude of "better safe than sorry" only goes so far.
 
2012-08-10 12:34:52 AM
Home of the brave.
 
2012-08-10 12:37:57 AM
To: Those biatching
Fr: Someone honestly curious

So, who is to blame? The police responding to a "suspicious package" call, the person calling in the "suspicious package", or no one? If you were a first responder and the call came in for a suspicious package, how would you react?

I'm sure it's fine just go ahead and open that cooler....
 
2012-08-10 12:38:03 AM
Bin Laden is in hell, but he's laughing his ass off.
 
2012-08-10 12:38:15 AM

borg: Russians cops would have just used a pencil to open the cooler.


I see what you did there....

Unfortunately that story was proven to be a bunch of hogwash. Most likely written by some herpa derper who thinks a) the govt spent billions developing space pens and b) using a pencil in a zero-gravity environment is a good idea.

Sorry for gettin all serious but its another one of those bullshiat stories that sticks in my craw.
 
2012-08-10 12:39:44 AM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: If you were a first responder and the call came in for a suspicious package, how would you react?


Perhaps the first order of business should be administering an IQ test to whoever called in the 'suspicious package'. Probably eliminate a lot of this nonsense really easily.
 
2012-08-10 12:42:52 AM
oddculture.com
 
2012-08-10 12:45:56 AM
Once, when I was at a convention, they shut down our hotel on a bomb scare, because they found a bag in the lobby.

It's a convention. Who DOESN'T have a swag bag?
 
2012-08-10 12:48:45 AM

BronyMedic: Imagine that. A day and age when any idiot can put an IED in any inconspicuous object left in a suspicious location.


Some of us remember Ireland's problems, among other things.

Day and age, ha!
 
2012-08-10 12:55:14 AM
I prefer the Detroit method of dragging it inside a building and leaving it there for a few weeks.
 
2012-08-10 12:55:45 AM

LadyBelgara: I prefer the Detroit method of dragging it inside a building and leaving it there for a few weeks.


Safety first.
 
2012-08-10 12:57:54 AM
StoPPeRmobile: Some of us remember Ireland's problems, among other things.

Day and age, ha!


Building a bomb is not that hard. Gimmie 20 minutes, and a trip to the hardware store, and I can have an ANFO device that could flatten a building without raising an eyebrow. (McVeigh did it on a larger scale.) 20 more minutes, and a trip to walmart, a visit to the modeling section and the hunting section, and I've been able to rig a pipe bomb filled with nails to go off with a cell phone trigger.

Any idiot can find the plans to these on the internet. People would do well to remember the Irish troubles.

/The really farking scary this is now they use secondary devices intended to target responding rescuers.
 
2012-08-10 01:14:29 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Some of us remember Ireland's problems, among other things.

Day and age, ha!

Building a bomb is not that hard. Gimmie 20 minutes, and a trip to the hardware store, and I can have an ANFO device that could flatten a building without raising an eyebrow. (McVeigh did it on a larger scale.) 20 more minutes, and a trip to walmart, a visit to the modeling section and the hunting section, and I've been able to rig a pipe bomb filled with nails to go off with a cell phone trigger.

Any idiot can find the plans to these on the internet. People would do well to remember the Irish troubles.

/The really farking scary this is now they use secondary devices intended to target responding rescuers.


Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.
 
2012-08-10 01:30:41 AM
StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.
 
2012-08-10 01:32:44 AM
After viewing the 27 color glossy prints with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, I had to admit,"Yes, Officer Obie, I put that cooler under that SUV."
 
2012-08-10 01:33:13 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.


We ARE at war. You and many other just don't admit it.
 
2012-08-10 01:33:53 AM
Safety first and all that, but remember like a week after the Boston Lite Bright fiasco, the Boston PD shut down everything for a F*CKING traffic Counter, then blew it up.

Caution is one thing, massive stupidity is something else!
 
2012-08-10 01:34:52 AM
StoPPeRmobile: We ARE at war. You and many other just don't admit it.

We're not at war with any nation. We're at war with ideology and religious fundamentalism which takes advantage of an overwhelmingly uneducated and desolate group of people anxious to find blame for their problems.

You can't fight that kind of war with bullets and bombs. Unfortunately, people are still of the old mindset that you can.
 
2012-08-10 01:36:45 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: We ARE at war. You and many other just don't admit it.

We're not at war with any nation. We're at war with ideology and religious fundamentalism which takes advantage of an overwhelmingly uneducated and desolate group of people anxious to find blame for their problems.

You can't fight that kind of war with bullets and bombs. Unfortunately, people are still of the old mindset that you can.


THIS!
 
2012-08-10 01:36:47 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: We ARE at war. You and many other just don't admit it.

We're not at war with any nation. We're at war with ideology and religious fundamentalism which takes advantage of an overwhelmingly uneducated and desolate group of people anxious to find blame for their problems.

You can't fight that kind of war with bullets and bombs. Unfortunately, people are still of the old mindset that you can.


We fight for the polis. Always have, always will.
 
2012-08-10 01:49:37 AM

Gyrfalcon: Now here, this was a Federal building; the likelihood of a bomb in the parking lot is quite high.


I think I found the problem. Professional security personnel think the likelihood of a bomb being near a federal building is "quite high". In reality it's "almost zero".
 
2012-08-10 01:50:20 AM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: To: Those biatching
Fr: Someone honestly curious

So, who is to blame? The police responding to a "suspicious package" call, the person calling in the "suspicious package", or no one? If you were a first responder and the call came in for a suspicious package, how would you react?

I'm sure it's fine just go ahead and open that cooler....


My first experience dealing with such a thing was in '86 or '87 while I was stationed in Germany. This was back when Gaddafi was the big terrorist backing guy. Someone reported a strange unknown item in the parking lot right outside the company offices. Our CO called it in, the area was evacuated, and the bomb folks came in. They set up a perimeter, threw up a barricade (sandbags and whatever) between them and the device, and proceeded to deal with it. They had someone shoot the device from behind the barricade. Hey it was the '80s.

Turns out it was a fire extinguisher much like this one -
i335.photobucket.com

with the nozzle up at about 150°.

It did make for a slightly amusing event when the Battalion Commander presented it to the CO at a later company formation. But I don't recall anyone ever saying that someone should have just walked up and checked it out. There are times when there's no such thing as "too cautious".

/I hope the image works
 
2012-08-10 02:08:42 AM
The cooler was empty? Who drank all my beer?
 
2012-08-10 02:16:39 AM

Linkster: Safety first and all that, but remember like a week after the Boston Lite Bright fiasco, the Boston PD shut down everything for a F*CKING traffic Counter, then blew it up.

Caution is one thing, massive stupidity is something else!


"I'm helping!" said Officer Stuey when asked for details.

/Beware of giving authorities the impression that they can meddle outside their area of expertise without needing to consult with other authorities.

//Zero tolerance herp derp
 
2012-08-10 02:27:50 AM

Linkster: BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: We ARE at war. You and many other just don't admit it.

We're not at war with any nation. We're at war with ideology and religious fundamentalism which takes advantage of an overwhelmingly uneducated and desolate group of people anxious to find blame for their problems.



Yeah, but come on... most of them aren't actually violent.
thebreakthrough.org
 
2012-08-10 02:28:26 AM

Bucky Katt: The cooler was empty? Who drank all my beer?


The beer was both there and not there in a superposition until the police mucked it up by making an observation causing the collapse to an empty state.
Therefore, police are the reason we don't have any beer.
 
2012-08-10 02:29:55 AM
No need for sofisticated knowledge.
Just give out bunch of WalMart gift cards to terroist and have them drop off cheap coolers and lunch boxes all over the place
PANIC
 
2012-08-10 02:57:58 AM

C18H27NO3: Bucky Katt: The cooler was empty? Who drank all my beer?

The beer was both there and not there in a superposition until the police mucked it up by making an observation causing the collapse to an empty state.
Therefore, police are the reason we don't have any beer.


Schrödinger's beer?
 
2012-08-10 03:26:10 AM

StoPPeRmobile: BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Some of us remember Ireland's problems, among other things.

Day and age, ha!

Building a bomb is not that hard. Gimmie 20 minutes, and a trip to the hardware store, and I can have an ANFO device that could flatten a building without raising an eyebrow. (McVeigh did it on a larger scale.) 20 more minutes, and a trip to walmart, a visit to the modeling section and the hunting section, and I've been able to rig a pipe bomb filled with nails to go off with a cell phone trigger.

Any idiot can find the plans to these on the internet. People would do well to remember the Irish troubles.

/The really farking scary this is now they use secondary devices intended to target responding rescuers.

Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i31UzeaVJA
 
2012-08-10 03:31:27 AM

awshat: StoPPeRmobile: BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Some of us remember Ireland's problems, among other things.

Day and age, ha!

Building a bomb is not that hard. Gimmie 20 minutes, and a trip to the hardware store, and I can have an ANFO device that could flatten a building without raising an eyebrow. (McVeigh did it on a larger scale.) 20 more minutes, and a trip to walmart, a visit to the modeling section and the hunting section, and I've been able to rig a pipe bomb filled with nails to go off with a cell phone trigger.

Any idiot can find the plans to these on the internet. People would do well to remember the Irish troubles.

/The really farking scary this is now they use secondary devices intended to target responding rescuers.

Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i31UzeaVJA


Nice.

it-it.abctribe.com
Knew WTF he was talking about.
 
2012-08-10 04:10:25 AM
Farking paranoid pussies. Fark them and all the money and time they waste being quivering little cowards.
 
2012-08-10 04:27:43 AM
JerkyMeat: Farking paranoid pussies. Fark them and all the money and time they waste being quivering little cowards.

Alright. Here's what we'll do. Next time there's a suspicious package left in an area where it would be reasonable to assume they are a target for terrorism, we'll call you.

You can tell them all what pussies they are, and walk in and kick it over. Hell, just fling the lid open.

We'll be a few hundred yards behind you, holding up plastic sheets and cheering you on. It'll be like Gallagher.
 
2012-08-10 05:40:13 AM
Gyrfalcon
this was a Federal building; the likelihood of a bomb in the parking lot is quite high.[..]However, when you see the same thing done in a shopping center--or, in our case, an out-of-the-way office building in a nondescript town--its highly UNLIKELY that any terrorist would be setting random bombs.

I would say the likelihoods are reversed; not so much about the random office building, but I would expect a shopping mall to be a much more attractive target than some random government building.
If you want to spread terror, you pick targets where you hit lots of normal people going about their daily business, so that they can't calm themselves with arguments like, for example, "oh, I'm not really at risk because I don't work for the government".
 
2012-08-10 07:59:29 AM
Was hoping for 'suspicious package' funny pic......leaving sad
 
2012-08-10 08:24:16 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.


Actually, Eric "The Army of God" Rudolph used that tactic in the 1990's. Fortunately, his secondary device was not powerful enough to turn the dumpster he hid it in into shrapnel, and most of the force directed upward.

/Still remember a woman's hair flying with the shock wave of that one on the video.
 
2012-08-10 08:29:03 AM

BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.


Didn't one of the abortion clinic bombers in the 90's do this too? Bombed the clinic and then had a secondary device in a dumpster in the parking lot.
 
2012-08-10 08:29:29 AM
Gyrfalcon:

this was a Federal building; the likelihood of a bomb in the parking lot is quite high.

That's fearmongering right there. Think of all the Federal buildings all over the USA that have NOT been blown up EVER. But let one fool park an explosive truck in Oklahoma and suddenly the press, at government urging, whips up a big campaign to protect the public by taking away its rights and freedoms.

It's a scary world out there so Big Brother has set up a Ministry of Security. If Tim McVeigh had not existed the FBI would have had to invent him.

If I see a "suspecious package" I'll go take it in the middle of a vacant lot or something and open it. I did that once and found a rancid baloney sandwich, which undoubtedly was a terrorist-made biological weapon amirite?
 
2012-08-10 08:44:31 AM

Callous: BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.

Didn't one of the abortion clinic bombers in the 90's do this too? Bombed the clinic and then had a secondary device in a dumpster in the parking lot.


(Pssssttt, look up one post)
 
2012-08-10 08:57:10 AM

TommyDeuce: Callous: BronyMedic: StoPPeRmobile: Medics have ALWAYS been targets. Get that through your skull.

In wartime, yes. In the civilian world, not so much. It's a rather new phenomenon.

9/11, and post-9/11 terrorism increasingly began to target emergency responders. The drug cartels have begun employing this tactic in Mexico, now, too. See, everyone learns something from the guys in the Middle East.

Didn't one of the abortion clinic bombers in the 90's do this too? Bombed the clinic and then had a secondary device in a dumpster in the parking lot.

(Pssssttt, look up one post)


Yea, you posted while I was reading through the thread and I posted before refreshing.
 
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