In the wake of last month’s bomb scare in Boston triggered by a marketing campaign by the Cartoon Network, Georgia State Rep. David Ralston is proposing a new law that would require a minimum one-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of staging a bomb hoax. Ralston says that HB 653 is directly inspired by the incident in Boston.
There’s just one problem with this bill. The incident in Boston wasn’t a bomb hoax.
The Cartoon Network placed multiple devices with LED lights in cities throughout the U.S. to promote the Aqua Teen show. Here is a picture of one of the devices.
I’m no bomb expert, but that doesn’t look like a bomb to me.
Unspoken in this story from the very beginning is the fact that the Boston Police Dept. really goofed by thinking these were bombs. Of course, they didn’t have the guts to admit they messed up, so it was easier to pin on evil corporate America.
However, the real story here is the Republican party’s continued march down the road to Nanny State, USA. So much for Republicans being the party of freedom.