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MIT student with fake bomb arrested at Boston airport -

There are 99 comments on the Newsday story from Sep 21, 2007, titled MIT student with fake bomb arrested at Boston airport -. In it, Newsday reports that:

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, ...

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Alexandria, VA

#64 Sep 21, 2007
"Oh Say, Does that Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?" Not in airports, nor the part after "Rockets Red Glare." Frankly, I'm appalled at many of the comments espousing violence as a solution to this. Due Process should resolve this in a satisfactory manner - not media, not opinionaters, not fools. "Thus Be It Ever ..."
Janice Moulton

Northampton, MA

#65 Sep 21, 2007
It wasn't a "fake bomb" at all. Too much television and not enough training for airport personnel make them believe that bombs would actually have flashing lights. Rafi Ron is right "this was very very stupid," but it is not the MIT student who
was stupid.
Janice Moulton

Northampton, MA

#66 Sep 21, 2007
Jim wrote:
what a complete jackass. would have served her right if she got capped. period.
Hey, Jim, bombs only come with flashing lights in the movies. Why would a bomber bother installing flashing lights? It's the airport people who are the jackasses.

Virginia Beach, VA

#67 Sep 21, 2007
hey MOR, go to another country if you dont like it here in america.....people like you are the whole reason stupid shit happens and we have to have the government step in and govern!!!
Janice Moulton

Northampton, MA

#68 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.
Plus she is from Hawaii and looks kind of Asian. Actually it is scary for the rest of us that none of the people looking for bombs know what to look for.
Janice Moulton

Northampton, MA

#69 Sep 21, 2007
Sander wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Let's try again. Why would a bomb come with flashing lights, Sander? Think a little.
A Citizen

Elizabeth, NJ

#70 Sep 21, 2007
What a country we are living in. Now anything with blinking lights can get you blown away with automatic weapons. The Boston Police are really showing themselves in a good light this past year. What a corps or jerks. I'm sick of this crap. The terrorists have accomplished their mission, they've won. The administration has filled us with so much fear and paranoia, we're afraid of everything and we're becoming a Police State under Martial law. I hate it and I hate what I am seeing my country become.

Woodbridge, VA

#71 Sep 21, 2007
Janice Moulton wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's try again. Why would a bomb come with flashing lights, Sander? Think a little.
First lesson of EOD (Bomb tech/disposal for those who don't know) ANYHTING and EVERYHTING can be made into a bomb. The following items have been used to "hide" bombs or turned into bombs themselves: cigarette packages, cellphones, shoeboxes, shoes, sony walkman, vcr tapes, envelopes, calculators, televisions, briefcases, flashlights, wine bottles, pda, staplers, digital cameras, video cameras, baby strollers, lamps, radios, matress springs, books, newspapers, magazines, money belts, fannypacks, picture frames, bricks, cinder bloc, dead animals, live animals, and the list goes on and on.

To make a bomb you need combustable material, a container, and a means to active the material. Some need electrical ignition, some need shock(vibration), some need very little external action to detonate.

Long and short a bomb can be anything, it can have 9v battery or it can use the Casio wristwatch to act as the power source and timer. Janice, you can have secondary diversons during a real incident such as flashing leds to drawn in the curious for the blast.

I will not call for death or great punishment for the kid in the airport, but I will let you know that it could have gone the other way and it could have ended with a lot of dead tourist, or a young lady shot over lack of logical thought.
George W

Clockville, NY

#72 Sep 21, 2007
Interesting, this is the only news outlet that reported that she was wearing a fake bomb, prompting many commentators here to agree that she should have been shot and is stupid. Amazing how our news media-again-- create realities that have hardly anything to do with reality. And the readers buy it.

Miami, FL

#73 Sep 21, 2007
Looks to me like the terrorists have won.

Sense Please

Santa Clara, CA

#74 Sep 21, 2007
Since when are blinking lights the same as a bomb ?
The headline and the statement " what appeared to be a bomb, complete with blinking lights" are not objective journalism. Bombs do not have blinking lights on them.
Other press reports speak of a computer circuit board, which what she is wearing is not.
This is the second time in that town that blinking lights have been wrongly identified. Why hasn't there been some training ?

Dolton, IL

#75 Sep 21, 2007
Why are we only concerned about whether or not "terrorists," would use such flashy means of bombing planes?
We have plenty of home grown nuts. And it is not just in movies that they come dressed as nuts. In the Matrix, they wore long black rain gear to look cool and kill, sound like Columbine anyone?
And nut jobs sometimes don't have the common sense to hide their bombs. No, what they do is go to airports, an airport that had been the departure airport of one of the deadliest acts of violence in the US, and come dressed with inexplicably flashing buttons on circuit board and holding putty. Why? Because their nuts! And just because there is a festival where people walk around with "creative" jewelry on, can we just agree that maybe, just maybe, I don't know, through something called a "social compact" we agree not to hold this festival at an international airport?! And, guess what else, no, we can't yell fire in a crowded theater because we really need to express ourselves! God, I can't believe that as a die hard liberal that has suffered through the stupidities of our current administration, I have to defend the action of the police in such a straight forward case. What is wrong with your people?!
Teddy R

Central Islip, NY

#76 Sep 21, 2007
Giving new meaning to the term "sophmoric."
mike san diego

San Diego, CA

#77 Sep 21, 2007
The real crime here is that she got away with calling that hunk of junk "art".
Kevin in DC

Macomb, MI

#78 Sep 21, 2007
It wasn't a bomb
It wasn't a fake bomb
It wasn't a hoax
It wasn't a stunt
It wasn't a protest
It was a nerd wearing hi-tech clothing

The Boston police should be ashamed. Let's hope they restrain themselves before endangering innocent lives.
Jack Webb

Central Islip, NY

#79 Sep 21, 2007
Kevin in DC wrote:
It wasn't a bomb
It wasn't a fake bomb
It wasn't a hoax
It wasn't a stunt
It wasn't a protest
It was a nerd wearing hi-tech clothing
The Boston police should be ashamed. Let's hope they restrain themselves before endangering innocent lives.
You got it right all the way up to the end when you should have said, "it was a stupid d ickhead who needs to learn how to act like an adult."

Dickson, TN

#80 Sep 21, 2007
We're not living in a culture of fear at all. The terrorisits accomplished nothing! Time to pack for my winter home on the Moon, signed, a patriotic armchair warmonger.

Miami, FL

#81 Sep 21, 2007
Most Americans have come to understand we now live in a fascist police state and have adjusted their behavior accordingly.

However some young people still believe they are free.

Such naivete can get one killed.

Tazer anyone?
Former LIer

Malden, MA

#82 Sep 21, 2007
If she wants to call that an "art project" perhaps we should send her to Guantanamo as an "exchange student."

United States

#83 Sep 21, 2007
Dangerous times to go sporting a bomb ensemble in and airport.

It appears this MIT Student in courting suicide by way of a police shooting. Not uncommon for some mentally deranged people to seek their death by the hands of third party known for carrying guns and having a quick to shoot mentality and slow to reason history.

I hope she is able to receive some medical care she desperately needs.

Some of the greatest new technological advancements were born from the minds of MITís super minds; like the cutting edge Photonic Crystal development.

For this tender brained individual it appears the M.I.T. abbreviation stands For: Made in Taiwan

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