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Another good reason not to work in Cambridge

It’s in lockdown mode right now while the terrorist suspects are being rounded up.  There are a lot of R&D facilities in Cambridge. Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline who works there just checked in with an update.

This is not the first time that R&D people were associated by location with terrorism activities.  In 2001, the pharma labs in central NJ had visits from the FBI when the anthrax letters made their way through the Princeton, Trenton and Rocky Hill post offices.

I’m sure it’s just an unhappy coincidence.

Stay safe, friends.

17 Responses

  1. Um, today is probably not the best day to wear that black hoodie you have in your closet.

  2. Listening to BostonPoliceScanner here: http://tunein.com/radio/Boston-Police-Fire-and-EMS-Scanner-s146109/
    It sounds like only one channel.

  3. Looks to be two brothers , one now dead, acting out grievances on their own. They may or may not have anything to do with Islam in the same way abortion clinic bombers have anything to do with Christianity. With all the bomb making information available to look up on the internet the idea that a particular type is the signature of a specific group is hogwash.

    • The Lede on NYTimes first identified them as Chechen, then from Krygystan. I wouldn’t discount an Islamacist connection yet but we’ll have to see.

  4. If you are listening to bostonpolicescanner, don’t repeat addresses.

  5. It sounds like BostonPoliceScanner is off the air.

    • To be expected since there are people foolish enough to gawk at a shoot out and the fact that the criminal can access what the cops are planning.

  6. Even CNN is on delay today. NOT live.

  7. Jeez, sounds like a lot of average Americans need lessons in basic logic and syllogisms.
    Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all brown people are muslims. Some caucasians are both muslim and terrorists. All kinds of combinations possible. For all we know, these caucasian, muslim terrorist US permanent residents were pissed off about gun control.
    No one knows yet.

  8. When this sort of horror happens in April, I always expect the killers to be homegrown. I was wrong.

    • Only partly, Sue. These men have been in the US since 2000. The younger was aged 6 when he came over; the older aged 13. Both had US schooling. Allegedly, neither felt welcome. They weren’t home bred but to some extent they were home “grown.” No wonder investigators said that this had some of the marks of a domestic job and some of a foreign terrorist attack.

      This sounds like something from the 1890s or early 1900’s when immigrants were occasionally violent or anarchistic. Leon Czolgolsz, an unemployed immigrant who had lost his job in the Panic of 1893, shot and killed President McKinley in 1901. A few other violent acts from the era were also evident. Like today, it was a long period of sharp economic downturn with what Krugman called the Long Recession (1973-1898 ending with five years of real double digit unemployment. Corporations and big money were totally in the driver’s seat (Robber Barons) and screwing everybody else and Congress was pretty openly for sale (Mark Twain wrote at the time that it was a time when everyone had his price, generally low).

      Until we know what drove these men, we won’t know enough. The McKinley assassination created a wave of xenophobia. It also accidentally placed Theodore Roosevelt, a reformer, into the Presidency. Who knows what this will do?

      • One thing it wasn’t was right-wing.

        BTW – Czolgolsz murdered McKinley 3 years after the Long Recession ended. He was an anarchist/socialist, just like most of the Occupy activists.

        • Um, I went to Occupy events and I’m not an anarchist or a socialist. I’m a new deal democrat liberal.

  9. Test post with new e-mail address.

  10. Some thoughts about old vs new mediahttp://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/the-old-media-not-catching-up-to-the-internet-manhunt/
    with one of my favorite tweets in response to your comments
    John Fugelsang ‏@JohnFugelsang 18h

    After a week of ‘please don’t let it be a Musllim’ & ‘please don’t let it be a white guy’ it winds up being a white Muslim.

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