The Price of Fearmongering: Nearly Killing Kids With Blinky Shirts
If you think that the Chicken Little attempts by people like self-proclaimed “terrorism expert” Juval Aviv and Senator Trent “A Bomb for DC in August” Lott to freak the American people out with their bullshit bomb scares are inconsequential and harmless, consider the case of 19 year old MIT student Star Simpson.
Here’s the little gadget Star Simpson wore: a little board to hold an electrical circuit in place, a handful of green lights, and a 9 volt battery to makes the lights blink. She wore it on her shirt as a geeky decoration for MIT’s Career Day, then went to an airport counter in Boston to ask when her boyfriend’s flight would be coming in. The airport counter person asked her what it was. Simpson told her it was a piece of art. After Simpson stepped out to the curb, the airport counter person called in a team of officers who surrounded Simpson with submachine guns.
“She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device,” State Police Major Scott Pare said. “Had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force. She’s lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue.”
All this for wearing a little gadget that makes lights blink on your shirt.
What was Simpson’s crime? The District Attorney in the case put it well:
a total disregard to understand the context of the situation she is in, which is an airport of post-9/11
That’s right. Star Simpson failed to follow the script of post-9-11 freakout America, and so she was nearly killed and tossed in jail … for wearing a harmless blinky shirt. That’s the price of fearmongers like Juval Aviv and Trent Lott.