In lieu of the recent bombings during the Boston Marathon last Monday, much of the country has been on high alert as to “suspicious items.” The days following the terrorism attack in Boston saw many instances of authorities being called in to suspect and handle items left behind.
According to nola.com, there were two instances last week in New Orleans where the bomb squad was called to inspect packages left behind. One package was a lunch box with a Tupperware bowl inside it. The other was a backpack full of men’s clothing. They were both deemed safe by the authorities after being inspected.
Even though the mysterious packages never meant any harm to anyone, they still caused a disruption to everyday life — closing surrounding streets for two hours.
Where do you draw a line between being cautious of a suspicious situation and letting fear drive the lives of the public?
However, even after these previous threats proved to have no validity, it appears a potential terrorist attack was foiled on Monday.
According to multiple news outlets, such as MSN, CNN, and Fox News, Canadian authorities have arrested two men who plotted to attack a passenger train departing from the United States and going through Canada.
The two men arrested were believed to have plotted to kill people and derail the train. They were also believed to be receiving support from al-Qaeda for their actions toward the train.
American and Canadian agencies began a joint investigation for over six months before leading to Monday’s arrests. And while it’s difficult to compare a six month international investigation to a 911 call by an average citizen, there is definitely a correlation in the notion that there were two potential threats and they were both taken seriously.
What if the backpack full of clothes had been a backpack full of explosives? The what-if scenarios are endless, but at the end of the day, it was still brought to the attention of authorities.
At what point, though, is it redundant to send the authorities on the trail of every suspicious package? Or does the value of human life supersede the potential cost of manpower and money? And should people live in fear of any package not attended to by someone immediately next to it?
The staff of The Tech Talk believes the public should live like they did before the Boston bombing incident. Much like we have done after the Sep.11 terrorist attacks, we should not live in fear of potential harm, but instead be ready and aware of an incident of potential harm.
If something makes you uneasy or does not seem right, take notice and follow through with the action you deem necessary. This is a way to be aware without living in fear.