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i'm postin a lot today. you'd think i had time for all this, but i relaly don't.


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Jan. 31st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: But...
Jesus shit.

When some decides to put a bunch of strange electronic devices all over your city, including in places like bridge supports and bus terminals, you look into it.

What, you can tell just by a casual layman's inspection that this

is completely and thoroughly harmless, as opposed to this

which would injure or kill you and everyone else within 20 meters when it went off?

Bullshit. And I say that as someone who used to work with HE on a professional basis: bullshit.

Yes, Boston overreacted. But when you're responsible for law enforcement in a major city, and you find out that there's a coordinated effort underway to put these things all over your city, *and* you find this out on the same day that you're dealing with *actual bomb threats* and finding fake pipe bombs inside *hospitals*, you don't just shrug and say "Looks harmless to me, let's go home, smoke up, and watch some ATHF." Further action is warranted, and prudent. At the *least*, you send out a bomb squad or two to take a look at a couple.

Moreover, let's not overlook the fact that this wasn't a creative effort of art. This was an ad campaign, orchestrated and paid for by a large corporation. Laws regulating advertising and other commercial speech exist for a reason, and this particular corporation felt it shouldn't be bound by those laws, and should be free to engage in spam. Fuck it. Even if the Boston authorities overreacted (and yes, they did), I have no qualms whatsoever for submitting a bill for services to that corporation. Individual or corporation, I don't care, you don't get to act like a sociopath and not be faced with the reasonably-foreseeable consequences of your actions.
Jan. 31st, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
sending out a bomb squad or two
your photo example starts with:
"What, you can tell just by a casual layman's inspection..."

I completely agree that a flatfoot or civilian is in no way informed enough to make an on-the-spot call whether or not something is a bomb. That is what the bomb squad is for. Any one of them could, on fairly casual inspection, tell you that unless the device was made completely of some sort of new-fangled explosive substance, it is a fucking light brite with a battery attached to it. The pipe bomb incident happening at the same time in the city is definitely enough to raise alert levels, but not enough to bring a city to its knees without anything actually going wrong. furthermore, if these items all appeared that morning, the alarm would be much more warranted, but they had been all over, and reported, for several days before everyone spazzed out.

Sociopaths are a far cry from a guerrilla marketing firm. I am 100% behind prosecuting the dipshits who did this for breaking the laws in regards to public signs and adverts, but having them foot the bill for an epic case of governmental "holy shit!". doing so is just a heavy handed way of the city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies being able to avoid saying "sory, we over-reacted, and blew it big time".

anyone who blew the whistle this hard in the private sector over a false alarm as easily disproved as this was would be fired into last tuesday, and have a tough time finding a helpful reference from that employer.

unfortunately, these asshats not only face no repercussions for the overreaction, they are _still_ the asshats in charge of our so-called freedom and safety.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
*Le Sigh*
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