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(BDCwire)   In order to make the Boston Marathon safer this year, they are banning military groups from marching. Aren't they the ones that know how to react to a roadside bomb?   ( bdcwire.com) divider line
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2014-03-05 05:53:35 PM  
3 votes:
Hey Boston

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2014-03-05 04:46:52 PM  
2 votes:
The smartest thing for us to have done is simply *NOTHING* (other than apprehending the perpetrators, of course).

It's a public event.  Those are always, *ALWAYS* going to be vulnerable.  You can't protect that many people in that big of an area reliably.  They can't even do it in places that have much stricter security and fewer limits on government than in the United States.

This is a reaction to an attack.  Reactions always invite further attacks, because the people predisposed to doing that sort of thing see that they can have an effect.

If all that happened was that the police found and apprehended or killed the perpetrators, and the event happened exactly as it did before with no changes, then what would be the point of doing it again?

But now that we've given them a reason to know that we will modify our behavior, they will be emboldened to find another way to attack that event (or a different one) using some other method, perhaps an even more deadly one*.

*The bombs used were incredibly inefficient.  With a bit more effort in planning and design, using the exact same materials,  you could make bombs much smaller but with the same lethality.
2014-03-05 07:54:01 PM  
1 vote:

Fano: Caffienatedjedi: Can we see what happens when a bomb goes off at a security checkpoint? I almost want to see the reaction to that, though it may be so stupid I'd rather not experience it.

Something I realised, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, is that Americans don't care about genuine security. We often undermine real security measures, or reject them. No, Americans like the measures that give a feeling of security, but do absolutely nothing. If we fear armed robbery, we limit the legal weapons. If we fear theft, we get fancy locks but forget about the windows. If we fear terrorists, we dig through everyones luggage and arrest brown people. In the end, it doesn't stop anyone, it just looks like it does. Now if you'll excuse me, I have this fancy rock of Tiger Protection to sell.

Do you have a poorly xeroxed newsletter that I can subscribe to?

The reason why terrorists haven't blown up a security theater line at an airport yet, is because they know that if they did, mob mentality would take over and say "ermagerd, TSA lines are dangerous! Ban the TSA!"  They don't want to risk us replacing the TSA with something that actually works.
2014-03-05 07:08:05 PM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: The smartest thing for us to have done is simply *NOTHING*

2014-03-05 06:51:54 PM  
1 vote:
Boston Strong, my farking ass. They're advertising the fact that the terrorists have won.  What's next? Give all the runners a participation trophy of Muhammad?
stop the race for prayers? Ban alcohol because it might he offensive to their Muslim overlords?

fark you Boston biatches
2014-03-05 05:42:54 PM  
1 vote:
Considering it was two rogue POS wannabe terrorists, how on earth is that going to help?

Here's the basic situation. There are always going to be fringe elements that want to harm others for one reason or another. You can't deal with that as a society by cancelling events and making people jump through ridiculous security theater hoops. You do it by being tough as a society, by keeping calm and carrying on so to speak. If london can carry on despite daily bombing raids (each of which killed far more people than the boston marathon bombings), we can too.
2014-03-05 05:37:51 PM  
1 vote:
The only safe thing to do is CGI a race through a CGI Boston and the winner should always be Obama. Yes, that's the safe thing to do ..
2014-03-05 05:35:43 PM  
1 vote:
Right.  Because the last (and ONLY) bomb was planted by a military person, or targeted military personnel.

Stupid, pant-wetting Massholes.
2014-03-05 05:35:05 PM  
1 vote:
The stupid - it burns!
2014-03-05 04:38:03 PM  
1 vote:

BunkoSquad: We have to fundamentally change everything about the Marathon experience to make people think it's safer, or the terrorists have won!

But if you change your behavior, then the terrorists have won!

2014-03-05 04:35:40 PM  
1 vote:
We have to fundamentally change everything about the Marathon experience to make people think it's safer, or the terrorists have won!
2014-03-05 04:31:38 PM  
1 vote:
Stupid, and it won't make the race any safer.  Neither will banning bags.

Why won't banning bags?

Because you can't ban fat people.  And a person trying to hide a device can make themselves look fat in order to hide it.
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