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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

I Can't Leave You People Alone for One Day...

I'm working from home today in preparation for a quick trip to Philadelphia this evening, and this is what I wake up to:

Homeland Security Says No Sign of 'Imminent Threat' to U.S. in Times Square Blast
NEW YORK -- The Homeland Security department said there was no sign of an "imminent threat" to the United States in the blast that tore through an empty military recruiting station in Times Square early Thursday morning, according to Reuters.

But the agency also announced Thursday that the FBI would be joining the probe into what caused the explosion.

The blast occurred about 3:45 a.m. when an explosive device went off, causing minor damage to the recruiting station in Times Square -- which is heavily populated with New York City tourists [during the day]. Hotel guests were shaken by the force in their rooms high above the scene.

Police blocked off the area to investigate the explosion, which shattered the station's glass entryway. No one was injured.

Of note here: subway service under Times Square bypassed the station briefly, but then resumed normal service. The police blocked off the area at 3:45AM, but were letting normal traffic through when rush hour started (roughly four hours later).

Apparently, it takes more than a bomb in a public place to spook us nowadays. I mean, if the second most read story of the day were something like 'Death Star' Gamma-Ray Gun Pointed Straight at Earth, then there might be cause for concern, but what are the odds of that happening?


posted by Brian at 9:10 AM


  • Hm. Sounds more like an act of extreme vandalism than terrorism. Somebody protesting the war and/or the military.

    Still, spooky...

    By Anonymous jason, at 2:11 PM, March 06, 2008  

  • Agreed. But if it was big enough to be felt on the 44th floor of the Marriott, it could have injured quite a few people if it had happened during the day.

    So even it was vandalism, it seems designed to "terrorize" people rather than hurt them.

    People make a big deal about the distinction, and I understand why in some contexts. In this case, it's just a nasty thing to do, whatever you call it. They'll probably never catch the folks, but if they do, I hope the punishment is just as "terrorizing."

    Also, it was good to see the city dust itself off and continue on with it's day. It means the terrorists, er... vandals have lost.

    By Blogger Brian, at 2:25 PM, March 06, 2008  

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