MIT student with fake bomb arrested at Boston airport -

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A 19-year-old MIT student wearing what appeared to be a bomb, complete with blinking lights on a circuit board, was lucky to be arrested -- rather than shot to death -- at Boston's Logan Airport this morning, ... Full Story
Hussain

United States

#21 Sep 21, 2007
No one has the right to joke with the law specially when people are putting their lives to safe-guard this country. Freedom of expression is good only with the limits of not playing with the security of people.
I am sure if she was shot, there would have been an out-cry by ACLU and the kinds of it.
Matthew

Abilene, TX

#22 Sep 21, 2007
Whoever wrote this headline: You fail.

The circuit board wasn't a "fake bomb", it was a costume mistaken for a bomb. In the future, please try not to mislead people who might be skimming your headlines.

Thanks.
ceejayyy

Milwaukee, WI

#23 Sep 21, 2007
... seems that the terrorists have won...
Shadowrider

Athens, GA

#24 Sep 21, 2007
Problem here - Dumb girls do not get into MIT. Looking at pictures of the "fake bomb" it actually looks like it could be a piece of jewelry designed by a total nerd with no thought to what an airport security officer might think. If it were actually a "fake bomb" why not put more fake explosives on it?
Welcome to the 21st century, you can be arrested for wearing odd looking jewelry.
Sander

Alexandria, MN

#25 Sep 21, 2007
John wrote:
It astonishes me how often the Boston police decide a device with "blinking LEDs" is a bomb. I think they watch to many old sci-fi movies. I'm sure the Al Qaeda manuals instruct all suicide bombers to make sure to include blinking LEDs on their bombs.
And let's say it had been a bomb and the police did nothing? Would that have been better? This moron should be put away for about a year and see how "clever" she feels.
Providing her with any type of excuse is ridiculous, period.
norm

United States

#26 Sep 21, 2007
they should have blown her ass off now is not time to be stupid dumb bitch
wild bill 944

Centreville, VA

#27 Sep 21, 2007
I'm always surprised at the morons who always blame the police when they are confronted with extreme provocation. I'm all for freedom and against brutality, but in this case there can be no question that the troopers acted with restraint and exactly as they should have.
lol

Smithfield, VA

#28 Sep 21, 2007
Interesting [and hugely depressing] to hear people defending this jerk. They should strap a real bomb to her.
Frylock

Rosedale, MD

#29 Sep 21, 2007
Note to City of Boston: bombs do not have blinking lights on them. You'd think you'd have figured that out after last time.
Wired

Margaretville, NY

#30 Sep 21, 2007
No, you are all dead wrong. The AUTHORITIES and MEDIA are calling this a "hoax device." Haven't you ever heard of or seen fashion that uses old circuit boards, etc?(Ok, probably not, but it certainly exists.) I have friends that wear that kind of stuff all the time. Necklaces with old TV tubes, circuit board pins, blinking LED lights, you name it. Not only that, the Burning Man festival was just days ago and it is so full of that kind of stuff that it's practically the norm. The idea that she put this on as an attempt to look like it was a bomb is preposterous. It's just new geek fashion. Check out www.lightattack.de - that kind of stuff is practically all they sell. Just because most people don't have or haven't seen a shirt with an embedded LCD display or LED lights, doesn't mean people who wear them are acting like they are bombs.
Xilef

Magog, Canada

#31 Sep 21, 2007
this kid was not bright!
Jeff

Saylorsburg, PA

#32 Sep 21, 2007
Wow, people over reacting to a non exsistant threat. Sound familiar?

I can't believe so many people completely missed the point of this woman's action. It was a political statement.
Fly

United States

#33 Sep 21, 2007
Zeppo wrote:
Here's a picture of our 19-year-old loony/hottie.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/20...
Hottie? you're as daff as she is if you think she's hot.
Scotty

Ocala, FL

#34 Sep 21, 2007
Probably the most stupid thing I've ever heard of and this young lady should get 30 days so she will always remember she has no right to put others in jeopardy and she knew what she was doing. What a stupid idiot...and an MIT student as well. 30 days is what she deserves.
Fly

United States

#35 Sep 21, 2007
Matthew wrote:
Whoever wrote this headline: You fail.
The circuit board wasn't a "fake bomb", it was a costume mistaken for a bomb. In the future, please try not to mislead people who might be skimming your headlines.
Thanks.
It was a device made to look like a bomb so she could draw attention to herself. It worked.
Fly

United States

#36 Sep 21, 2007
you people screaming "police state" would be the first to cry about the stupid cops if this had been a real attack. You wouldn't know a police state if it goose stepped across your yard.
Ted

Boston, MA

#37 Sep 21, 2007
Have you seen the pictures of the "device"? It looks NOTHING like a bomb. Nothing. I went to RIT, which is full of computer/engineering geeks, and they'd wear stuff like that (on backpacks!) all the time. Cops just don't have a clue. Her actions were completely innocent - this isn't a fake bomb.
John

Santa Clara, CA

#38 Sep 21, 2007
Fly wrote:
<quoted text>
It was a device made to look like a bomb so she could draw attention to herself. It worked.
It was a device with LEDs in the shape of a star, because her name is "Star". There's nothing in her background to suggest she would look for this type of "attention".
The police way over reacted. The terrorists have succeeded in terrorizing us I think, given all the knee jerk reactions I'm reading about killing her, putting her in prison for five years, etc.
stephen

Franklin, TN

#39 Sep 21, 2007
Are you people out of your mind? In a police state, the girl would be dead and you will not read about it. It is amazing so many people call U.S.A a police state. Do you people even know what a police state is? Please grow up. Do think the citizens of N. Korea can make same comments as YOU had, about their own country?

Ever heard of "better to be safe than sorry"
John

Denver, CO

#40 Sep 21, 2007
The text of the article says she was wearing a "fake bomb" and all you commenters are taking that at face value. Go look at a picture of what she was wearing before you start saying "serves her right if she got capped." It's a circuit board with blinky lights in the shape of a star. Do you *really* think that's what a *real* bomb look like? Maybe the next time you open the back of your cell phone we should shoot you..."Well, he was holding a circuit board that was attached to a battery..."

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