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What This Year’s Marathon Will Look Like

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. (Elise Amendola/AP)

One year after the deadly bombings that shook this city, public safety officials have announced a long list of security measures designed to keep runners and viewers safe.


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WBUR: Security Plans For Boston Marathon Detailed

  • “Public safety officials are asking spectators to leave large bags at home for this year’s Boston Marathon.”

The New York Times: Boston Marathon To Get Enhanced Security

  • “Runners and the more than one million spectators expected to watch the Boston Marathon next month will be met by a number of enhanced safety measures after last year’s deadly bombing, including thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers, bomb-sniffing dogs, and additional surveillance cameras, the authorities said on Monday.”

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  • Give_Me_Liberty_92

    …clear plastic bags at a public event as if we were boarding a plane? random searches on a public street without warrant or reasonable suspicion? great. Terrorists have won already, people….and we let them to!

    why not clear plastic bags on our daily trip on the MBTA? or at the Fenway Stadium? many more thousands gather there every week after all…how about clear plastic dresses every day, just to check the underwear for suspicious bulges and wirings, you know?

    it’s ridiculous. and the way it is presented by the organizers and public safety authorities is just an offense to people’s intelligence. it’s make me feel good nonsense for the police-state lovers out there…

    The right way to defy terrorists and celebrate the memory of those who died at their hands would have been to show up en mass, including backpacks and strollers and do what we have always done. run and cheer.

    Instead we morphed our proud American eagle clawing the arrow or the olive branch into a scared chicken carrying… a plastic ziplock bag (provided it is smaller then 1- quart….).

    That’s not the way to honor the memory of last year events nor to stand up for our American ideals.

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