The Waltham Channel reports that in addition to Brandeis University and the Waltham Public Library, a tenant of a Waltham landlord also got a bomb threat this week.
“From what I heard he was a student at MIT. He seems to be beating everybody because nobody can catch him.”
This is like a Bizarro-world version of the Marathon bombing.
I do not see it in the post that Adam linked to.
The landlord had a lot to say, but looks like the editors have removed them all.
Yes, I've recounted that story before, but honestly, when real bombs go off, how often does someone announce it ahead of time? Similarly, how often do "bomb threats" foretell an actual danger?
Is responding to such threats by taking them literally; evacuating people out of what is more likely the safest place; playing right into the hands of malevolence?
if you ignored a bomb threat and the school actually exploded, you wouldn't have legions of lawyers suing the parish afterward. These days, it would be more like "And this week's second collection, as with the second collections we've had the past 2,487 weeks, is for our friends at Dewey, Cheatem and Howe."
And that dear friends is the crux of 99% of security theater. Not the fear of something happening, but the fear of lawsuits in the unlikely event of something happening.
People used to sue in the good old days when everyone knew their place, etc.
When the name is spelled like that it reminds me of my old radio:
traditional spelling would have been Frances, as in "Bread and Jam for Frances."
Have any called-in bomb threat in the US in the past 50 years actually resulted in the police finding the alleged bomb?
Chester Arthur Elementary School
( see: IMDb - Die Hard With a Vengance )
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