Suspicious Devices Found In Four Areas In Boston. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
(WBZ) BOSTON Police are investigating four suspicious devices found at four separate locations throughout Boston.
Officials are telling WBZ the devices are similar to the one found this morning in Sullivan Square attached to a beam supporting I-93 north.
The four locations for these devices are the Boston University Bridge, Longfellow Bridge, Tufts New England Medical Center, and the intersection of Stuart and Columbus Streets.
WBZ has learned Boston police removed an item from the Boston University Bridge but they would not elaborate on exactly what the item is. Officers have since cleared that scene.
UPDATE at 1/31/07 12:19:21 pm:
Boston police now say all of the devices are “hoax devices” and one of them contained a picture of a man “flipping the bird” to police.
UPDATE at 1/31/07 12:54:47 pm:
Authorities now say they have discovered as many as 10 of these hoax devices around Boston.
UPDATE at 1/31/07 2:03:29 pm:
It’s turning into an “oh brother” kind of day. The latest news: the “devices” were part of a hare-brained advertising campaign by Turner Broadcasting, promoting the animated show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
This is a perfect piece of art. I yearn to add something to the end by way of a rimshot or an eep-wow noise, but I can’t bear to touch it.
Check the comments to savor some classic Teh Paranoid Style — sinister metanarratives and wheels-within-wheels and all that timelessly imminent right-wing stuff. Even a bit more than usual, I mean:
#21 Barking Pumpkin 1/31/2007 12:12PM PST
Regardless of who is responsible for this, I’m afraid that it will take another event of 9/11 proportions to wake the American public out of their collective stupor regarding who our enemies are. I pray to G-d that I am wrong.
#129 syncrodude 1/31/2007 01:05PM PST
These were not hoaxes at all. They were deliberate acts of purposeful disruption against the people of Boston. This is exactly how terrorism works. Get the Citizens of America aware of people in there midst that are out to do them harm, and then keep putting up “almost attacks” that force us to duck and cover. Do this over and over until the people stop reacting, then hit e’m with the real ting to get them all shook up again. Then repeat. It is very effective. Boston was shut down with a few dollars worth of parts. And even if someone was caught with these devices, there is nothing illegal about possessing them. But look what you can do with them to cause large scale disruption.
No, this was real…
Here’s Malkin, plying a similar tack:
Update: A hoax.
Or something else.
Jason Smith e-mails: “Simultaneously placed at various strategic locations. I wonder if someone is sitting back and simply studying the emergency response protocol and timing… trying to identify weak spots and gaps to exploit for a real attack?”
Well, you know those Mooninites.
Above: “Say goodbye, cavemen! We have mapped your defenses!”
Above: Stata Center — ‘still standing.’
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