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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    It's an overreaction and likely ineffective. As I said in your other thread, targeting specific tactics is not wise since tactics and targets can change faster than we can.

    So instead of the marathon, they target a mall. Instead of a backpack, a briefcase, or a for a suicidal terrorist a vest.

    The only thing that really works is better intelligence gathering. And we have to grow up and accept that perfect safety is unachievable.
    It would be interesting to see what would happen to the Spokane chief of police and the mayor if they had not banned backpacks and a bomb went off in one, my guess is they would be tarred and feathered. Spokane has had a near miss with this kind of bomb before.

    ADDY, Stevens County — DNA evidence and purchases of electronic components led investigators to the former Fort Lewis soldier accused of planting a rat poison-laced bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, according to a source familiar with the investigation.He is accused of leaving a backpack containing the potentially lethal bomb on a bench along the route of the Jan. 17 parade in downtown Spokane. Had the bomb gone off, the crowd would have been sprayed with lead pellets coated with rat poison.

    Local News | Man charged with attempted MLK Day bombing linked to neo-Nazi group | Seattle Times Newspaper

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    Are Spokane police over reacting

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    It would be interesting to see what would happen to the Spokane chief of police and the mayor if they had not banned backpacks and a bomb went off in one, my guess is they would be tarred and feathered. Spokane has had a near miss with this kind of bomb before.

    ADDY, Stevens County — DNA evidence and purchases of electronic components led investigators to the former Fort Lewis soldier accused of planting a rat poison-laced bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, according to a source familiar with the investigation.He is accused of leaving a backpack containing the potentially lethal bomb on a bench along the route of the Jan. 17 parade in downtown Spokane. Had the bomb gone off, the crowd would have been sprayed with lead pellets coated with rat poison.

    Local News | Man charged with attempted MLK Day bombing linked to neo-Nazi group | Seattle Times Newspaper
    I don't doubt it. Alot of the response to incidents like these are undoubtedly combinations of CYA and making people feel safe. I can sympathize with people wanting to keep their jobs and there is something to be said for making people feel good but at the end of the day what matters is actually being effective and backpack bans aren't going to be effective.
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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

    I don't think it will make a difference, but this is common at other sporting events, where all bags, even purses and water bottles are banned and they grope/frisk their customers at the door. Americans really need to accept there is no such thing as security, and it's better to live with less stress and paranoia. Having a battalion of police is almost certainly an inconvenience and reminder of one's vulnerability.

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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

    Stupid and ridiculous.....

    Soon...clothes will be banned because people strapped bombs in their shirts and pants.

    Some may like it...but remember the world isn't a Calvin Klein or Victoria Secret catalog of people
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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Bloomsday is this weekend, it is like the north west version of the Boston Marathon and the Spokane police are not letting backpacks or large bags anywhere near the race.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With those terrible images from the Boston Marathon bombing fresh in their minds, Spokane Police detailed their plans to keep this weekend's Bloomsday safe Tuesday afternoon.
    You probably knew it was coming: This year you won't be able to get anywhere near those sardine-packed staging areas wearing a backpack, and, as you might expect, because of Boston, any Spokane police officer who thought they'd have Bloomsday off, is now working it.

    Police outline Bloomsday security plan | Spokane/E. WA - KXLY.com
    Yeah, it's a bit over the top. But just goes to show what a bit of low probability events mixed with government fear mongering can produce.
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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

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    Re: Are Spokane police over reacting

    It is an overreaction. This is stupid. This will be no more likely to save lives, especially if it is occurring over a large area for a large amount of time.

    I gave the example in that other thread of an easy, highly populated target that would make much more sense to explode a bomb on and it would be way too hard and unpopular to ban backpacks from that we need to realize that the most important thing is what VanceMack put out, situational awareness. His post hit is spot on. People need to be more aware of what is going on around them.

    But another thing is we need to understand that sometimes things do happen and although we need to try to stop them from happening that does not mean we should be banning things that are only vaguely connected to the event. Backpacks have plenty of legitimate purposes and should not be used as a scapegoat to the true culprit, those who would kill innocent people. Luckily, the number of those who would do this is small.
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