Invasion of the Boston Snatchers
Don't get me wrong, I'm not questioning the wisdom of checking out suspicious packages. I think its hugely important. After all, I grew up in London when the IRA was still a real and serious threat and --back in 1999 -- I was just turning the corner on Old Compton Street in Soho when a nail bomb detonated in a pub at the other end of the street. Not a pretty sight.
So, real suspicious packages are pretty scary for me. Even before 9/11 I reported unattended bags on subways and outside buildings to the NYPD (and got far less concern than this incident did I might add). That's just the thing though -- they're usually objects that can be hidden in plain sight. Not a lite brite space invader sign giving you the finger from atop a bridge.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung