Disneyland locked down for suspicious scroll of paper

Posted Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The suspicious object that forced Disneyland officials to lock down the theme park Saturday morning was a rolled-up piece of paper with a "spiritual message" discovered in a tree near the entrance, authorities said. The park was closed to visitors for several hours Saturday but reopened by 11 a.m.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:57 AM
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I know the phrase is, "You can't be too careful," but I think you can.


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Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:12 PM

It sucked. The crowd at Downtown Disney was crazy during the closure. But the folks inside the park got to have an awesome time.


Dave Dragon, go Dave Dragon, and the Star Force Five!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:42 PM
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Geocachers...

Reminds me of the Ignignokt from AquaTenn Hunger Force that shut down Boston...

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 2:02 PM
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Jeff said:
I know the phrase is, "You can't be too careful," but I think you can.

I was following this via Twitter as it was unfolding (thanks bad knee for preventing me from going out!) and it turns out the paper was in a tube of some sort tucked behind trees. Random tube tucked behind trees at a known terrorist target location, yeah I think they were careful enough. Especially since it was discovered around the time the most people would be in that area (right during opening).

Still... stupid geo-cachers.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 2:26 PM

Sorry, but I agree with Jeff on this one.

It has become the American way to overreact to the potential of a security threat, inconveniencing thousands and thousands of people over nothing. How often has something like this actually been a real threat? I'm sure it happens occasionally, but the sheer number of overreactions over nothing means that (IMHO) the cure is worse than the risk.

Don't get me started on airport security...


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Sunday, March 4, 2012 2:43 PM

The Mole said:

Jeff said:
I know the phrase is, "You can't be too careful," but I think you can.

I was following this via Twitter as it was unfolding (thanks bad knee for preventing me from going out!) and it turns out the paper was in a tube of some sort tucked behind trees. Random tube tucked behind trees at a known terrorist target location, yeah I think they were careful enough. Especially since it was discovered around the time the most people would be in that area (right during opening).

Still... stupid geo-cachers.

If this is the case, why would the story not mention that the message was enclosed in a tube? It sounds like there was a random piece of paper in a tree. Kind of like locking down the park because somebody found a gum wrapper on the sidewalk.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:54 PM
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Another news source reported that it was a geocache that had caused the lock-down, but apparently it turned out that it was just some tract (or whatever).

As a geocacher myself, I have noticed that generally the ones that the bomb squad end up getting called on are generally the ones that would never be approved in the first place. Usually if one's in a conspicuous enough of a place and the location of a possible terrorist target it only lasts a few days.

But whatever, it's just the world we live in today.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:06 PM
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This thread made me look up geo-coaching and gator reminded me how much ATHF rocks.

There is a theory about how the terrorists love to watch us scramble (and spend billions of dollars) when there is a hint of threat. It all helps their purpose.


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Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:45 PM

The terrorist's have continued to win since 9/11. CoasterDemon I beleive that you are correct in saying that they love to watch us run around like chicken's with our heads cut off everytime something minor like this comes up.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:58 PM

Was anybody sprayed with mace? :)

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:22 PM
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I honestly thought this was a joke.

I'm sorry, but a "known" terrorist target location?

Now if they wanted to blow up "it's small world..."

Last edited by OhioStater, Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:22 PM
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Sunday, March 4, 2012 9:46 PM
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Terrorists win when people use superfluous apostrophes.


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Sunday, March 4, 2012 9:53 PM
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Define "win"...

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Monday, March 5, 2012 12:02 AM
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I believe that "terrorism", like "The War On Drugs", is possibly just a ploy from our Government to control the people of the U.S. Give us enough to fear, and we will willingly give up our freedoms to buy safety. Watching it from a different perspective over the years makes it easy to see what's really going on.


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Monday, March 5, 2012 6:16 AM

I think this was a joke too. I can see how a rolled up piece of paper could look like a bomb but my bet is the illuminati were just amusing themselves. :) I don't believe in terrorism. I think those three towers went down due to common aggression like when I ran my lawnmower over a colony of ground wasps and they flew after me and tried to take me down like the ewoks stinging my legs.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 10:17 AM
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If you give up "too much" freedom in the wild-goose-chase pursuit of unlimited security, then you've already given in to terrorism, haven't you? Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying "Those who would give up essential liberty to purcahse a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Of course, Benjamin Netanyahu lives in a different world than the one Franklin knew....

That's not to say that reasonable and rational precautions shouldn't be taken. But it does make me wonder when NDAA gets authorized with the following proclamation: “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.” Fair enough, but can you make the same guarantee for future administrations?

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Monday, March 5, 2012 3:59 PM

The best part is the fact that no major attacks have happened in the past 10 1/2 years in this country is proof that whatever is being done is working. People will gladly submit to the pat downs and full body scans because they truly believe it's keeping our skies safe. The media (TV, internet, newspapers) all gladly join in to get the scoop on telling us who or what we need to be afraid of this week. Of course, they will follow up with a series on how we can protect ourselves from whatever we should be afraid of this week.

Things only get worse when you throw in those three dreaded words "for the children." I had a former FB friend go whacky on me because I disagreed with her opinion that in order to protect kids from child molesters, she would gladly give up any personal privacy by allowing cameras to be placed everywhere, including the stalls of every public restroom. Did you know that now anyone who doesn't agree to give up all personal freedom and privacy "for the children" is aiding and abetting pedophilia? That's what I was told. Crazy, but that's what we're coming to.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 4:08 PM
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^See, that's why we're not a full 180* different.. ;)

LOL! :)

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Monday, March 5, 2012 4:33 PM
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Actually, "the media" has been anything but kind to the TSA.


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