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Suspicious Packages” found in multiple, separate strategic locations in Boston

Posted By Director On January 31, 2007 @ 4:38 pm In Suspicious Incidents | Comments Disabled

31 January 2007; 3:12 p.m. ET: Early Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was alerted to a “suspicious package” located on an elevated structure above the Sullivan Square MBTA station. It was placed above the busway on a column that supports Interstate 93 in the Charlestown section of Boston and discovered by a transit passenger at about 8 a.m.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was called and detonated the package just before 10:00 a.m., noting that the package contained an electronic circuit board with some components that were “consistent with an improvised explosive device,” but it contained no explosives. Authorities are conducting an investigation into how the package got there and when it was placed, according to WCVB-TV in Boston. But the story should not end there.

Now, additional packages have been found in separate locations in strategic areas in Boston, causing massive headaches to mass transit and appearing to target the infrastructure in Boston.

Investigators from The Northeast Intelligence Network have been compiling data about such incidents over the last three years, carefully filtering the data to remove the confirmed innocuous incidents, such as the relatively small number of people who have come forward to reclaim their package, identify the contents (or in some cases, the remnants, post-controlled detonation), or admit their forgetfulness, offering their full cooperation to authorities. The bad news, however, is that they comprise only a small fraction of such incidents.

The incidents currently developing in Boston should be of significant concern, especially considering their locations and contents. Absent of the possibility of an elaborate “hoax” in this event, such incidents could well be part of an ongoing pattern that conforms to a series of events that may fall under the concept of “dry runs” for response assessment by terrorists, potential diversionary tactics, or worse.

UPDATE 4:00 P.M.: In at least one of the suspicious packages, a cartoon character made of plastic components and formed - almost in a style reminiscent of the toy “Lite Brite” - to appear as “err” from the “adult” animated cartoon series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF or Aqua Teen) shown on the Cartoon Network.

Although at least this package, and likely more packages - are related and appear to be part of an elaborate hoax, the situation does not dismiss the potential that not all suspicious packages are related, or diminish the actual public threat.

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