It’s amazing how many armchair experts there are who think they know better than the trained professionals who designed the response protocols used by the Massachusetts State Police and better than the trained, experienced troopers who correctly executed those protocols last week at Boston Logan airport.
“Real terrorists don’t walk around with wires and batteries showing,” they opine. Yes, actually, sometimes they do. A number of suicide bombers over the years have been prevented from killing people in Israel became an observant guard, soldier or civilian noticed and did something about protruding wires.
Suicide bombers in the Middle East were all men, until the masterminds realized that the good guys had figured that out, at which point they started recruiting women, in some cases pregnant women.
Suicide bombers in Israel were all dressed as Arabs, until the masterminds realized that the good guys had figured that out, at which point they started dressing bombers as Jewish housewives and yeshiva students.
Has it occurred to any of the “experts” that the police aren’t worried only about well-trained terrorists, but also about mentally unbalanced individuals who think that blowing themselves up in an airport is a great way to go out with a bang, and the more attention drawn before the explosion, the better?
Terrorists are unpredictable. Crazy people are unpredictable. The police are certainly trained to look for specific signs of potential threats, but they are also trained, and rightly so, not to look only for specific signs, but rather to look for anything sufficiently outside the norm to be a potential threat. Star Simpson’s behavior at Logan certainly qualifies.
Not only was Simpson wearing a circuit board and battery on her shirt, she also just happened to be carrying a wad of silly putty, which coincidentally is used by law enforcement in simulations became of its strong resemblance to plastic explosives.
The reaction of the police to Simpson’s behavior was superb. They apprehended someone they perceived as a potential threat quickly and without injury to themselves, the suspect or innocent bystanders. They did what they were trained to do, and they did it well.