We Could Be More Stupid - But It Would Be Hard

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    TV Network Takes Responsibility For 'Hoax Devices'
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    Jamy Pombo, Senior News Editor

    POSTED: 2:08 pm EST January 31, 2007
    UPDATED: 6:49 pm EST January 31, 2007

    BOSTON -- Turner Broadcasting plans to take responsibility for the "hoax devices" that were found at several locations in and around Boston Wednesday that forced police bomb units to scramble throughout the area.

    The incidents were part of a marketing campaign that involved a character from the cartoon show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

    "The 'packages' in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim's animated television show 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force,'" Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of Cartoon Network, said in a statement.

    The company said that they have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

    Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal law enforcement on the exact location of the billboards, according to the statement, and regrets that they were mistakenly thought to pose any danger.

    The cartoon airs as part of the Adult Swim late-night block of programs on the Cartoon Network. It features characters called "mooninites," who were pictured on the found devices. A feature length film based on the cartoon is scheduled to be released late next month.

    Gov. Deval Patrick praised the response of law enforcement and said that he was "dismayed to learn that many of the devices are a part of a marketing campaign by Turner Broadcasting."

    "This stunt has caused considerable disruption and anxiety in our community. I understand that Turner Broadcasting has purported to apologize for this. I intend nonetheless to consult with the attorney general and other advisors about what recourse we may have," Patrick said.

    "Emergency deployment teams were sent into the center of the city immediately upon these reports. There were significant shutdowns of not only highways, but rail traffic with the MBTA," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "Several of the devices do have common characteristics, but it is too early to say how many are connected."

    The first device was found under Interstate 93, and the state police bomb squad was called and detonated the package in Sullivan Square just before 10 a.m. Officials said it contained an electronic circuit board with some components that were "consistent with an improvised explosive device," but they said it had no explosives.

    Several hours later, Boston police said the department received four calls, all at about 1 p.m., reporting the devices. Officials responded to at least nine locations, including the Boston University Bridge, the Longfellow Bridge, the McGrath O'Brien Highway in Somerville, a comic store on Harvard Avenue in Brighton, a location near the intersection of Stuart and Columbus streets, a location near Washington and Water streets and under the McCarthy Overpass in Somerville, according to Davis.

    A device described by officials as a pipe bomb was found in the basement of the Tufts New England Medical Center at 185 Harrison Ave.

    Davis said that residents should not be afraid to enter or leave the city and that additional police resources have been deployed to help ensure people that they are safe.

    "It's a hoax, and it's not funny," Patrick said. "I think we fell at this point, that there is not a reason for anyone to panic, but there are reasons to be diligent."

    Mayor Tom Menino said that all of the packages found posed no danger and that several police departments are working together to investigate suspicious calls about the devices.

    "Public safety officials are all working together. There is no time for anyone to panic. We believe we have the situation in hand. Go about your business," Menino said. "The individuals who placed these packages should be warned that there is a heavy penalty -- two to five years imprisonment for each one of them. We are not playing around."

    Storrow Drive eastbound was shut down for a brief time, and the MBTA suspended service on the Red Line and planned to bus afternoon commuters between Kendall and Park Street stations.

    "Anytime you get a report of a suspicious device, it is always a concern," U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Scott Carr said. "We went ahead and shut down the waterways so we could clear the area and keep everybody safe."

    "Our device was not an active device. We are still treating the area as a crime scene. There were no injuries. Everyone was evacuated properly, and everyone now back to their locations," Tufts New England Medical Center's Brooke Hynes said.

    MBTA Lt. Sal Venturelli said police were told about the first package by a transit passenger who spotted it on a column that supports I-93. The parcel was located on an elevated structure above the bus way and below I-93 in the Charlestown section of Boston at about 8 a.m.

    "This is a perfect example of our passengers taking part in Homeland Security," Venturelli said.
     
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    I'm interested, who's stupid? The people and responders or Turner Broadcasting?
     
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    Did anyone see the the things they set up? I have no clue how they could have confused that with any sort of bomb. I mean its obvious its an Aqua Team add. its rather amusing. I cant figure out why the authorities were dumb enough to think that mooninites made with light bulbs flipping people off were bombs... Especially since i know i heard that some where there days ago without incident.
     
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    Unequivocally - the latter.:cuckoo:
     
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    Somebody(s) needs to go to jail for this and whatever costs were incurred by law enforcement should be tallied, tripled and the bill sent to morons.
     
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    You are forgetting that as residents of Boston they have already been punished with high crime, dirty air, gay marraige, overcrowded roads and ridiculously high tax rates.
     
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    And that’s the responsibility of Turner Broadcasting?:wtf:
     
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    What I'm saying is that Turner's already been punished.
     
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    What i think is more sad is that if these had been actual bombs, all those people would have been dead. The Adult Swim people said that the ads have been up for 3 weeks and they were only noticed by authorities just the other day. Way to be on top of things. :rolleyes:

    I laughed my ass off when i saw the device. I was like "OMG its Err." Adult Swim achieved their goal. Everyone knows about Aqua Teen now.
     
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    According to the story, Cartoon Network even informed law enforcement in advance. I would also like to know what statute you plan to prosecute them under. "Advertising using electronics?" "Unintentionally scaring some stupid old people?" Please, these things are up in cities all over the United States, and this was the first problem.
     

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