Thursday, February 01, 2007

Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 10:39:00 -0500
From: Jason
To: Boston Metro, Boston Herald, Boston Globe
Subject: Reality Check on the ATHF Advert

If thirty of these illuminated, Lite-Brite-esque, page-sized
advertisements have been blinking all over Boston for the last
two weeks, why weren't they noticed sooner? And if thirty of
these can sit in plain sight (in ten major metropolitan cities)
for fourteen days, witnessed by tens of thousands of people and
dozens (if not hundreds) of cops, none of whom felt concerned
enough to raise an alarm, why are some people so eager to say
those responsible are criminal charge-worthy fools who should
have known better? Fact is, Menino & Co. are screaming at the
top of their lungs so nobody notices we aren't actually safe
but we have become a nation of robots in the process of
pretending we are. Really, does anyone seriously believe a
terrorist would decorate their bomb with an obscene gesturing
alien that lights up?

Jason Desjardins

From a Boston Globe article titled "Froth, Fear, and Fury":

"Berdovsky, who described himself as " a little kind of freaked out," faces up to five years in prison on charges of placing a hoax device in a way that causes panic and disorderly conduct."

Checking Massachusetts General Laws we find:

Section 102A1/2. (a) Whoever possesses, transports, uses or places or causes another to knowingly or unknowingly possess, transport, use or place any hoax device or hoax substance with the intent to cause anxiety, unrest, fear or personal discomfort to any person or group of persons shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

If you don't have intent, you don't actually have a crime, and the Attorney General obviously knows this. So what does it mean when the AG is willing to charge those responsible with a law they know wasn't actually broken?

Everyone needs to get a grip. It was a bone-headed mistake made by some poor sap that, unfortunately, spiraled way out of control. No more, no less.

Shit happens. Get a fucking helmet.

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