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Old April 22 2013, 11:33 PM   #229
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Re: Reports of explosions at 2013 Boston Marathon

Ln X wrote: View Post
This is blatant fear-mongering and sensationalism to plant the idea that a WMD was used in the Boston terror attacks. Those were terrible attacks but since when have IEDS been considered WMDs?

There's something very rotten going on here...
Sorry, no scary conspiracy here. We're not talking about a military definition. We're talking about a legal definition. It is simply the way the Federal law happens to be written.

It turns out that federal law defines “weapon of mass destruction” in extremely broad terms. The relevant statutes define almost any significant explosive device as a WMD. That specifically includes bombs, grenades, mines, and small rockets and missiles. The pressure cooker bombs planted at the Boston marathon and the explosives hurled at police on Thursday night would almost certainly qualify.

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