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7 Saudis and Pakistanis caught trespassing at Boston Water Supply

 
 
Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 08:35 am
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/7-cited-for-trespassing-at-quabbin-reservoir-patrols-stepped-up-across-state/


Quote:

BELCHERTOWN (CBS) – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates.


The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs.

State Police say there were no warrants or advisories on any of the individuals and “there was no evidence that the seven were committing any crime beyond the trespassing.”

All seven were allowed to leave and will be summonsed to court for trespassing. The FBI is investigating and routine checks of public water supplies have been increased following the incident.

The seven individuals currently live in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton and New York City. Police have not released their names because a court date has not been set.
 
George
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 09:30 am
Disturbing, to say the least.
I hope someone is monitoring those "chemical engineers".
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 09:47 am
@gungasnake,
And is anyone monitoring the entire watershed to make sure they don't dump something that gets into the water supply?

Good grief.

These fellows might be out to add fluoride or something. String 'em up!
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 09:54 am
@George,
The article said they just turned them loose (on a promise to appear in court of course.....)

You say that doesn't make you feel terribly good about drinking the tap water in Boston??
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 01:25 pm
@gungasnake,
From ABC40-FOX6
Quote:
[...]State police made it clear there’s no evidence of terrorism, or any other criminal activity.
[...]
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority issued this statement Wednesday saying, quote, “As an extra precaution, water quality samples were analyzed at MWRA’s lab yesterday, and all came back normal. There is no evidence of any water quality issues at the Quabbin Reservoir following the incident”.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 02:48 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Have you heard of the expression "casing the joint" Walter?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 02:51 pm
If they are terrorists, and I'm certainly not claiming at this point that they are, I find it somehow encouraging that they are now allowing women into their organization.

it's a start...
George
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 05:41 pm
@Rockhead,
Just glass-half-full kinda guy, that Rockhead.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 05:56 pm
The Quabbin holds 412 BILLION gallons of water. Not the easiest thing in the world to contaminate, if that is someone's intention.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2013 09:08 pm
@MontereyJack,
And what happens when somebody pours 50 lbs of anthrax spores or ricin into that much water?? You feel like being the guinea pig??
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 04:31 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Have you heard of the expression 'hysterical overreaction?'
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 07:08 am
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

And what happens when somebody pours 50 lbs of anthrax spores or ricin into that much water?? You feel like being the guinea pig??

Making and then transporting 50 lbs of ricin is not a trivial task. Manufacturing nerve agents is a lot more dangerous to those making it than their intended victims.

And pouring 50 lbs of anthrax spores in a reservoir nets you a lot of wasted time; you'd kill more people if you deliberately infected yourself with the flu and wiped snot on public surfaces.




I suppose you believe in homeopathy, where diluting something makes it stronger. I gave up on homeopathy when I tried to rinse a dish I 'd just washed, and the soap just got stronger and stronger.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 07:55 am
@DrewDad,
We've been here before, in the 1960s, it was LSD in the water. The Fortean Times have published a very informative article on the phenomenon which never progressed beyond brainstorming. It does however, feed into the culture of fear which allows the government (or right wing media outlets) to manipulate people more easily.

Quote:
But of all the fortean fables associated with acid the ‘LSD in the water supply’ urban legend is by far the most potent and long-lived. And, unlike the rest of them, this one has at least some basis in reality. The legend comes in many forms, but the basic premise is that various individuals and groups, invariably framed by the media as political or psychedelic terrorists, have conspired to introduce LSD into the water supply, usually by dumping huge quantities in reservoirs. Society’s fear is that the dramatic effect of LSD on the masses will result in a disoriented and incapacitated population who are rich pickings for invasion, mind control or involuntary use in a demonstration of the drug’s power over ‘straight’ society by enemies of the state.

Over the past 50 years, the legend has manifested often, appearing in newspapers, magazines, books, films and TV shows. The idea sounds vaguely plaus­ible – but is it? Has it ever happened, and, if not, just how did the story grow into an urban legend?


http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/3421/reservoir_drugs.html
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BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 08:09 am
@gungasnake,
Quote:
And what happens when somebody pours 50 lbs of anthrax spores or ricin into that much water?? You feel like being the guinea pig??


Very little in a water supply of billions of tons of water not gallons but tons of water.

Maybe with a few 16 wheelers you could do some harm but I would not bet on that either.

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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 08:09 am
@izzythepush,
Quote:
Have you heard of the expression 'hysterical overreaction?'...


To the possibility of seven slammite fanatics poisoning the water supply for a city like Boston???

Is there anything which you WOULD react to, Poop??


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BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 08:24 am
@gungasnake,
Quote:
To the possibility of seven slammite fanatics poisoning the water supply for a city like Boston???


With what they could carry in they would be able to poison a fairly large city water supply!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 09:29 am
@izzythepush,
What good is hatred of right wingers going to do you after you've been poisoned by slammmites who you refused to take seriously??

izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2013 09:57 am
@gungasnake,
Right wingers like you are a real threat to our values. Moslems are not much of a threat at all, particularly if they're considering something as logistically impractical as poisoning a water supply.

If you follow my link or read the posts of others who know a bit about the subject you'll realise it's no threat at all.
 

 
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