Department of Bombland Security

realmenofgenius.jpgThat’s what the box said.

Department of Bombland Security.

Here’s to you, mister disrupt a major transit system guy. You saw fit to do it on the hottest day of the year, in the middle of the afternoon, because dammit, that’s just the most inconvenient time to do it. When everyone will be walking home, or stuck on a platform, cursing your unknown name.

Nice job, asshole, there’s a special place in hell for you. I raise my glass, and my middle finger, to you.

13 Comments so far

  1. KCinDC (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    Let’s just hope he’s gotten it out of his system.


  2. SciWonk (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    Metro was mean today. I had the deep misfortune of trying to exit the Orange Line to Vienna, at the Farragut West stop at approximately 6:15 p.m. With raised voice and plenty of “Scuse me, ‘scuse me’s,” I had to physically push to get off the train. Approaching the turnstiles, I saw hordes of agitated people being held back by Metro security guards, presumably so as not to crowd the platform below.

    *SO* glad I walk to work!


  3. KCinDC (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    So glad I’ve been telecommuting lately.


  4. wayan (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:42 am

    If I got on a train and saw that box, I know I would not freak and call Metro, shutting down the whole system. I’d laugh as I took a photo to blog about it and sit next to it until the next stop.

    No self-respecting train bomber is going to be so 3rd grade about his presentation. If someone is twisted enough to blow up WMATA, he’s gonna use a backpack (London), a suitcase (Madrid/Tokyo), or go all clean brown wrapper (Unibomber) or suicide (Middle East/911).

    The passengers who first saw it should’ve done us all a favor and tossed to box into a trash bin, where the 3rd grade prank belongs.


  5. GhostBear (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    And yet another reason surfaces as to why I’m soooo glad I’m switching jobs to where I don’t have to commute via Metro anymore (and thus, held ‘hostage’ in DC most weekdays).


  6. KCinDC (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    Whoever left the package clearly knew what would happen as a result, which means that he has zero regard for other people. Given that, unlike Wayan, I wouldn’t be willing to bet people’s lives on what was contained in the box. I agree that the likelihood of a bomb is low, but it’s not low enough when you’re dealing with a known psychopath.


  7. Wayan (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    KCinDC,

    I don’t think it was left by a “known psychopath” – that would require the bomb leaver to have actually had a bomb in there.

    What we’re dealing with is a known asshole – s/he knew the Metro would be evacuated and if done right, inconveniencing thousands, and there would be a low chance they would get caught.

    Hence the reason that bomb scares are a felony, but you’re not automatically thrown in the psych ward on conviction.


  8. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    Probably SHOULD be thrown into a psych ward, though.


  9. Younce (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    Wayan, I have to disagree with your thought no bomber would write that on the package. Just think back to the anthrax scares. Whoever did that made it look like an elementary school kid wrote the letter.


  10. KCinDC (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    I didn’t say a psychopathic killer, and being a psychopath doesn’t get you thrown in a psych ward. Prisons are full of psychopaths.

    If someone sees nothing wrong with causing Metro to be evacuated and inconveniencing thousands, there’s something seriously wrong with them. I’m not going to assume that they don’t also see nothing wrong with bombing the place.


  11. METRO_READER (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:16 pm

    I’m sorry Wayan, but that comes off as irresponsible.

    Sure whoever left the package was an a-hole and knew what they were doing (causing havoc on the metro, thus ruining many people’s evening commute) but to think that terrorists haven’t been changing their tactics (evolving if you prefer) is ignorant.

    “No self-respecting train bomber is going to be so 3rd grade about his presentation.” I don’t think its a stretch to think that one terrorist might try this. Personally I think it would be *smart* of them to do this, because *some riders* would look a this and disregard it, precisely what said terrorist would want.

    “I wouldn’t be willing to bet people’s lives on what was contained in the box.” I agree 100% with KCINDC.


  12. METRO_READER (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Not too mention, I don’t trust the average metro rider to make decisions as to what looks like a fake from the real thing.


  13. dupont (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    FYI, I asked the station manager at Dupont Circle just how many of the “suspicious package” alerts are left-behind backpacks, etc., and how many are deliberate pranks. He said when there’s just a backpack or other seemingly innocuous item on a train, they just stop the train, and the station manager goes down & takes it off the train. Only obviously (???) dangerous packages trigger the alert. I feel safe now.



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