Was it worth $2 million?

February 5, 2007 at 10:25 am | Posted in unwise | 1 Comment

Turner Broadcasting, parent company of the Cartoon Network, has agreed to pay $2 million to the city of Boston.  Why?  To make amends for the recent Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorism scare.  You remember, blinking lights, duct taped batteries, packages placed on key pieces of infrastructure like bridges and hospitals.  Read it all here.

I heard an interesting footnote to this story on NPR last week.  Think of this incident as a homeland security generation gap incident.  Those under a certain age would have been likely to recognize these flashing light packages as marketing for a cartoon.  Alert law enforcement, who may not have time to watch the Cartoon Network, did not recognize the images for what they really were.

Forgive me for being negative, but the response to this incident gave away a fair amount of info to any potential terrorist.

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  1. The day I saw this on the news I was in Awe. Not at the advertising company for putting one of my favorite shows in danger, but at the people of Boston.
    I don’t know about you, but when I see a child playing with a Lite-Brite I don’t yell BOMB. It just shows (in my humble opinion) that the terrorists have won. We flinch every time we see somthing that looks like it MIGHT be a bomb, and the terrorists get to give us two for flinching!
    I guess the people of Bostion can’t tell the diffrence between a line of D-batteries and a Bomb. Thats sad.

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