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Downtown dirty bomb?


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Sarcastic Sam reports:

Just heard on the radio that FBI is searching for a dirty bomb in Boston...supposedly another FBI office had a lead that someone was trying to detonate a DB in Boston...hmmm should I ask to go home early?

WTF is up with that? says:

Boston terror threat probed

Federal and state authorities are investigating a nuclear terrorist threat against Boston after a man calling from Mexico told California police that he smuggled two Iraqis and four Chinese over the border, the Boston Herald has learned. ... adds:

MEMA Placed On Standby Status
State Safety Officials Meeting At Bunker

And says, well, it's hard to say what says because they've launched their redesign and so the main story keeps changing every 30 seconds, but it looks like they don't have anything at all about this story, at least as I type this around 4:30 p.m.

Update: reports on the story around 5 p.m. (and unlike the Herald, their servers can stand up to being Farked):

The FBI has triggered a massive manhunt for six people -- four Chinese and two Iraqis -- who may pose a terrorist threat to the city of Boston, law enforcement officials briefed on the threat said today. ...

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Debra says (on January 19, 2005 06:13 PM):

This is uncorroborated and there is ZERO data that a so-called "dirty" bomb is implicated by the "tip."

Why the hell the "authorities" pass such non-information on is a mystery. Unless it's just all politics as usual.

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carpundit says (on January 19, 2005 09:16 PM):

The cops I know say the news went from the Boston Terror Task Force to the BPD, then to the BPD troops, and then to the media.

When the media get hold of something like that, it's Sell Advertising! time. Listening to the authorities, it sounds like they're trying to get everyone to relax; this is more or less routine.

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