In Boston, of course

Of course it was in Boston where the cops all went bonkers because someone was carrying around some wires and LEDs (via Bruce):

Star Simpson was charged with possessing a hoax device today at Logan International Airport for wearing a sweatshirt that had a circuit board affixed to the front with green LED lights and wires running to a 9-volt battery.

This is not a bomb:

And furthermore, being the nit-picky engineer that I am, it’s a breadboard, not a circuit board.

If someone wanted to carry a bomb around at the airport they would almost for certain put it in a suitcase instead of wearing it in the open on their sweatshirt. And since it was in the open you can easily see there is no detonator and no explosives attached. But this is Boston. And so:

Outside the terminal, Simpson was surrounded by police holding machine guns.

“She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands, and not make any movement so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device,” Pare said at a press conference at Logan. “There was obviously a concern that had she not followed the protocol … we may have used deadly force.”

Simpson was arrested…

Bruce says Refuse to be Terrorized. I say Boston was just exercising their authority as a police state. And the police probably hadn’t gotten to play with the sub-guns in weeks. They had to justify having their toys by actually pointing them as someone occasionally.

I do agree with Bruce that the true terrorists are probably laughing at us.

3 thoughts on “In Boston, of course

  1. Sounds like it’s time to revive the 80’s fad of wearing LEDs in clothing. Buy a few tiny LEDs at Radio Shack, push the legs through your shirt, and rubber-band the legs to a hearing-aid battery. Better yet, get the LEDs with the built-in blink circuit.

  2. I’m lucky I haven’t had cops point machine guns at me whilst passing through airports. When traveling, I typically wear electrodes connected to TENS or IFC units, for pain management. I arm myself with a laminated doctor’s note.

    Anyhoo, ThinkGeek.com sells these battery-powered animated tees: http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/generic/95bc/

  3. Well, in all fairness, Boston was the city that was terrorized by Ignignot and Ur not too long ago.

    I guess Boston is safe from blinky Hollywood style not-really-intended-to-look-like-bombs. If only they were stopping real terrorists at Logan, one of the WTC towers might still be standing.

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