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Coast Guard Did Not Fire on Suspicious Boat in Potomac

CNN reported, and various wire services are issuing Flash alerts, that the Coast Guard has fired on a suspicous boat in the Potomac River. The initial report is ten shots fired.

You can’t help but think that if this was just some fool wandering into an area he shouldn’t have, the first warning shot would have effectively communicated the Coast Guard’s wishes.

UPDATE: Now there is word that the shots were “part of an exercise.” The morning of the 9/11 anniversary seems to be an awfully unusual time to be practicing shooting on the Potomac River, but that’s the latest.

ANOTHER UPDATE: If this was indeed a training exercise, it is the most egregious and insensitive use of federal government resources since . . . well, April.

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