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#1 Posted on 15.4.13 1546.12
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/15/us/boston-marathon-explosions/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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#2 Posted on 15.4.13 1622.18
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Boston W's and runners humor the rest of us and check in. Please.
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#3 Posted on 15.4.13 1624.11
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John has already tweeted that he Seth MacFarlane'd it and is OK.
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#4 Posted on 15.4.13 2032.04
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My aunt ran the marathon and all of my cousins where at the finish waiting for her. Fortunately she finished about a half hour before the bombs. Unfortunately I didn't know this until about an hour after the attack. An absolutely harrowing feeling thinking and knowing that your family might be in the middle of something like this. As upset and unsettled that I am at what happened I am incredibly grateful that my family came home today.
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#5 Posted on 16.4.13 1541.49
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So I have read in multiple places that police are treating this "as a terrorist investigation" (or some variation on that phrase). Does this actually mean anything practical is different about the investigation, or is it just a ridiculous phrase the media has latched onto for whatever reason?
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#6 Posted on 16.4.13 1602.39
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Legally it just means they believe this is politically motivated one way or another.
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#7 Posted on 16.4.13 1613.08
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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    So I have read in multiple places that police are treating this "as a terrorist investigation" (or some variation on that phrase). Does this actually mean anything practical is different about the investigation, or is it just a ridiculous phrase the media has latched onto for whatever reason?

Along those lines, what would this have been called before 9/11? Somebody was trying to instill fear, or cause death/destruction/injury. This isn't "new", it's just semantics, isn't it?

I mean, I get that they will call this a terrorist act, whether international or domestic. But drawing a comparison to the bombing of the Chemistry Building in Madison during the Vietnam war, THAT wasn't called terrorism (maybe there's my answer).
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#8 Posted on 16.4.13 1822.08
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I wouldn't be surprised to learn that something in the PATRIOT Act or other post-2001 legislation meant that if an investigation is called a "terrorist investigation" it allows for some sort of behavior on the part of the FBI and/or local police that normally wouldn't fly, which is why I asked the question. And if that were the case, that would raise all kinds of questions. But the fact that I haven't read anything specific to that effect so far leads me to believe that it's just the media getting excited about a particular phrase it can adopt as a buzzword to [insert criticism or conspiracy here].

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#9 Posted on 19.4.13 0717.33
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Events going down now in Cambridge and Watertown, MA: http://www.wbur.org/2013/04/18/mit-officer-shot

I live in Cambridge right near MIT and the 7-11 where this all started. Apparently only a few blocks away from where these guys lived. Whole area is on lockdown now, and we've had cops come by asking us to stay inside all day until further notice.
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#10 Posted on 19.4.13 0746.29
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Scary stuff. We've been watching on the TV. Stay safe.
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