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(Boston Herald)   If you set anything on the ground during the Boston Marathon, cameras will report it as a possible bomb. So you might want to leave small children at home if you don't want them detonated   (bostonherald.com ) divider line
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2014-04-13 10:16:56 PM  
I for one would like to see the cops who can catch a 3-year old who doesn't want to be caught.
 
2014-04-13 10:19:07 PM  
So if I do, we're all set?
 
2014-04-13 10:37:55 PM  

Elzar: Somaticasual: Ahh, the safety from terrorists fallacy - assuming that a terrorist will use the same exact method twice. Terrorists are opportunistically evil - they will observe anti-terrorist efforts and adapt. Might be a better idea to work on protecting folks from tactics they *haven't* used..

Spoken like a first-rate pressure cooker salesman...


Careful - don't pair that up with a back pack or else the FBI might get interested.
 
2014-04-13 10:44:07 PM  

Pribar: Now if I can just convince the Old Lady to sit on the sidewalk and take a nap under this nice comfy tarp (the one with pressure cookers stencilled all over it) while we wait for the race to start I could save a bundle on divorce lawyers


Be a Man. Push her in front of a bus.

/this is your captain speaking.
//prepare for take off
///recline your seat all the way back.
 
2014-04-13 10:44:44 PM  
Slam1263 

Meh, the kids are insured.

And at that age, easily replaced.
 
2014-04-13 11:24:54 PM  

Gyrfalcon: FNG: Barn doors, horses. Stupid, not a PSA.

What are you, the reverse Meow Said the Dog?


LAUGHTER OL
 
2014-04-14 12:23:53 AM  
So, can anyone get me a price quote on 100 blocks of florist foam, some colored string and some cheap digital watches? I've got the confetti cannons already loaded with itching powder & 200 LED throwies.
 
2014-04-14 12:39:47 AM  
If Bostonians had any kinship with their revolutionary relatives, they would stage a "backpack party" with thousands of people abandoning backpacks for their fascist overlords to inspect.
 
2014-04-14 12:41:29 AM  

iheartscotch: SCARED OF OUR OWN FARKING SHADOWS!

/ if the FBI would actually follow up with reliable tips; this kind of shiat wouldn't happen


If anyone knew what tips were reliable before the fact, this kind of shiat wouldn't happen.
 
2014-04-14 12:42:36 AM  
Somaticasual:Might be a better idea to work on protecting folks from tactics they *haven't* used..

So in other words, arrest people for doing anything terrorists haven't done?

I think you would get rather a lot of false positives.
 
2014-04-14 02:09:13 AM  

Enigmamf: Somaticasual:Might be a better idea to work on protecting folks from tactics they *haven't* used..

So in other words, arrest people for doing anything terrorists haven't done?

I think you would get rather a lot of false positives.


I could cause a mass stampede at the Boston Marathon (or indeed any crowd situation) with only a box of baking soda. The deaths by trampling would probably at least equal what the Tsarnaev brothers got with their crappy pressure-cooker bombs, and the terror quotient would be at least as high.

But thank god, terrorists are not that creative or intelligent.
 
2014-04-14 10:51:20 AM  

Enigmamf: Somaticasual:Might be a better idea to work on protecting folks from tactics they *haven't* used..

So in other words, arrest people for doing anything terrorists haven't done?

I think you would get rather a lot of false positives.


Plus, you leave open a hole:  They could just use the same tactics.
 
2014-04-14 12:20:33 PM  
I understand the desire to convey a feeling of safety.

Please also understand that the hassle just isn't worth it to people like me. The number of spectators will decline, but it's not because we're scared of terrorists.
 
2014-04-14 02:49:12 PM  
As a person that ran Boston last year (and gone well before the blast) and as someone that will be lining up on the start line in Hopkinton a week from today, the reactive security measures that will be in place are beyond frustrating from a runner's and spectator's perspectives.

I've ranted/raved about this for the last month since the BAA sent the participants the new "rules" that we have to follow so I'll spare you all the same spiel.
 
2014-04-14 11:53:29 PM  

dittybopper: The Boston marathon bombers weren't competent. The attempt was actually pretty amateurish.

First of all, the bombs were very inefficient. Much of the available energy was wasted in making a big orange fireball. Smaller bombs with thicker casings and less powder in them would have been less noticeable (no need to leave a whole backpack) and just as effective.

The elder brother was operationally smart: he wore nondescript clothes and a brimmed baseball cap with sunglasses so his features were most obscure. The younger brother, though, walked around with his hat on backwards and no sunglasses, so we got to see his actual face on security footage.

The also made the mistake of letting their hostage escape but of not tossing out his cell phone. That allowed the police to track them. If you are going to do something that will bring you to the attention of the authorities in a bad way, you don't want to be carrying a cell phone. The police have access to the location records and can use that to track you down in real time.


The young brother with cap backwards was their main mistake. If he had worn the cap the right way and worn sunglasses things would have been different. We would all be looking for Sunil Tripathi.
 
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