Bomb squad required to defuse volatile situation

Adan Salazar
February 5, 2014

A Florida middle school went into lockdown yesterday after a school official reported witnessing “suspicious items” placed in front of the school.

 Pillows and a shopping bag that were considered suspicious prior to a bomb squad investigation Tuesday. (Miramar Police, courtesy / February 4, 2014)
Pillows and a shopping bag that were considered suspicious prior to a bomb squad investigation Tuesday. (Miramar Police, courtesy / February 4, 2014) / Image and caption via
Students and faculty at the Somerset Preparatory Charter Middle School in Miramar were instructed to migrate towards the rear of the school, and several roads were blockaded after police received a phone call describing a woman who placed mysterious items in front of the school and walked away.

“A school official contacted police, and the woman was no longer on the scene when our officers arrived,” stated Tania Rues, a spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department. Naturally, “As a precaution, we contacted the Broward sheriff’s bomb squad to investigate.”

Once the bomb squad arrived, they were able to assess and defuse the volatile situation.

The source of everyone’s panic? “It was pillows,” said Rues.

“The bomb squad did not find an explosive device,” Rues said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “A Miramar police photo showed a plaid shopping bag that had contained some of the eight or so recovered pillows.”

Freakouts and theatrical police state overreactions, such as the one that occurred in Miramar, are becoming more routine as law enforcement attempts to demonstrate they are the only ones that can keep the public safe, while at the same time they are being trained to regard the American public as the enemy.

Last November, the Austin PD also responded to a “suspicious package” call near a Radio Shack – every terrorist’s dream target – with a bomb squad. After inspection, they later decided the “black bag with some suspicious components inside,” in all likelihood left by some passing transient, posed no major threat.

Last October, San Francisco PD also experienced a freakout moment when someone reported a “suspicious device” near Union Square, prompting police to call in a bomb squad, close traffic and issue a “shelter-in-place” order. They later found the threat had “no merit.”

Indeed, “suspicious items” need not even be present, as we saw in at least two instances last year, for a school lockdown to manifest.

These types of overreactions – to what would normally be logically dismissed as non-threats – are the by-product of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” indoctrination efforts, whose ridiculous and expensive citizen snitch campaign is designed to keep Americans in perpetual distrust of their fellow man, and in constant fear of a largely non-existent terrorist threat.

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