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Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials
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Posted on 11/17/2012 7:00:43 AM PST by ConservativeMan55

A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday.

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They charged this guy?!!

WTF

1 posted on 11/17/2012 7:00:49 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

McGann was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he was charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device, sheriff’s officials said. He was still in custody Friday night and could not be reached for comment.
McGann told Transportation Security Administration officers that he’s an artist and the watch is art, Nelson said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/16/ca-man-with-weird-watch-arrested-at-oakland-airport-charged-with-having-bomb/#ixzz2CUZgElO6


2 posted on 11/17/2012 7:01:39 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

OK this sounds like he was DELIBERATELY being stuid and yes I would charge him too

In this day and age we dont need people pretending to have the equipment to make a bomb- that’s just not funny and takes up a lot of valuable time- he should be charged to pay for all of that

The WATCH, ... I could have granted him some leeway... but the boots ‘modified’ to contain extra insoles just is ‘in your face’ asking for it.


3 posted on 11/17/2012 7:04:47 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Just another example of how we have given up our liberties for the perceived safety of the slave collar.

The man said he was an artist and that the Watch was a piece of art. I can believe that easily.

As far as being a bomb timer. Many digital watches with a audible tone can be configured that way too. At least if you can believe the Hollywood movies. ;)


4 posted on 11/17/2012 7:05:51 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: ConservativeMan55

I guess that they need to close every Radio Shack in the country,because everything needed to build a timer is right there on the shelf.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 7:06:10 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Not everyone gets art I guess.


6 posted on 11/17/2012 7:06:29 AM PST by Diggity
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To: Farmer Dean

Don’t give them any ideas!


7 posted on 11/17/2012 7:07:07 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Did you see that the watch had switches, wires and fuses and this part “While no actual explosives were found, McGann was carrying potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles”. WTF kind of artist is he? Was this some sort of elaborate performance art or something more sinister? Weird story!


8 posted on 11/17/2012 7:07:26 AM PST by rockvillem
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To: Mr. K

If he was doing it on purpose.


9 posted on 11/17/2012 7:08:02 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: rockvillem

I think when they say carrying potentially dangerous materials.. they are referring to the watch, etc.

As far as the shoes I’m not sure.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 7:09:04 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
In the early '80s, I was taking a flight from Chicago to Hartford, CT (Windsor Locks). At the time I was a video game reviewer, and I had the new Intellivision II in my carry-on. I ALSO had the keypad overlay left in from the last game I was reviewing, a little Intellivoice game called "Bomb Squad". They questioned me even THEN. If the current rules were in place, I 'd probably would STILL be there.

Note the coiled wires, and the fact thatthe Intellivision II was not that familiar a game console.


11 posted on 11/17/2012 7:11:59 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Mr. K

God knows what you’d do if I passed you with my umbrella.


12 posted on 11/17/2012 7:12:07 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: ConservativeMan55
Isn't the average bomb-makers favorite timer a cheap pocket watch? Seems like I remember reading they like the old Bullseye watches. Common as dirt and impossible to trace.

They'd pop off the crystal, pull off the minute hand, then put the crystal back on and thread a screw into it so the hour hand would hit it when it came around. One wire to the watch case, and the other to the screw.....

13 posted on 11/17/2012 7:12:15 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: rockvillem

“made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles”.

Just elevator shoes for the poor!!!


14 posted on 11/17/2012 7:14:03 AM PST by dalereed
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To: ConservativeMan55

They determined he wasn’t making a bomb and wasn’t a threat, but charge him for having what is essentially a strange watch? “bomb making materials”?

Our law enforcement authorities are becoming dangerous and out of control at virtually every level. I hope he can get good lawyers and sue someone’s ass off over this. Probably can’t/won’t happen though....


15 posted on 11/17/2012 7:14:25 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: tacticalogic

bump


16 posted on 11/17/2012 7:14:35 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: KoRn

I agree. They determined he wasn’t a threat but charged him anyway because they didn’t “like” what he had on him.


17 posted on 11/17/2012 7:15:57 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Lots of terrorists have engineering backgrounds. They are not stupid, just crazy. They get the stupid to strap on the bombs.


18 posted on 11/17/2012 7:16:20 AM PST by EEGator
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To: KoRn

Sounds like North Korea.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 7:16:25 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Mr. K

What charge would that be...suspicious boots?


20 posted on 11/17/2012 7:17:14 AM PST by EEGator
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To: dalereed

Obama shoes!


21 posted on 11/17/2012 7:17:21 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

A small screw driver wold be “materials for making an explosive device.” I carry one such for tightening up the screw in the hinge of my glasses. Actually, just about anything can be such materials.


22 posted on 11/17/2012 7:17:45 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: ConservativeMan55

This article has more details

http://palosverdes.patch.com/articles/weird-watch-leads-to-rpv-man-s-arrest#photo-first


23 posted on 11/17/2012 7:18:22 AM PST by HollyB
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To: EEGator; arthurus

They charged him with having potentially dangerous materials lol.

ANYTHING could be potentially dangerous. So they’re just going to ban people from getting on planes from now on lol.


24 posted on 11/17/2012 7:19:32 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: arthurus

I would assume any set of precision tools could be deemed “bomb making tools” then.

I forget where I read it, but the idea is to make so many rules/laws that it’s impossible to obey them. Thus making everyone a criminal.


25 posted on 11/17/2012 7:20:47 AM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Yep!


26 posted on 11/17/2012 7:21:45 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Hardraade

did you actually read the article?

If you did, are you lacking the ability to COMPREHEND?

The guy did not pass-by someone on the street with an umbrella, as in your RIDICULOUSLY STOOPID example.

He WENT THROUGH AIRPORT SECFURITY with items which could be clearly and easily considered as bomb making materials.

Get it? He had an obviously extravagently wired watch (art??) and boots too big with extra padding in them. HE WAS LOOKING FOR CONFRONTATION as clearly as if he had worn a sign saying “I am carrying stuff to make a bomb”

If he had stuffed that ‘artwork’ and odd extra padding inside a briefcase, and sent it through the scanner it would have been flagged too and sent people into panic mode.

How stupid is that?


27 posted on 11/17/2012 7:22:58 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: ConservativeMan55

If I brought my EE lab kit to the airport, I’d probably wind up in Gitmo.


28 posted on 11/17/2012 7:23:04 AM PST by EEGator
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To: ConservativeMan55

It doesn’t sound quite right, something else is going on. I suspect he knew he’d get hassled. Performance art? Was he wired in some other way, video and audio? A “watch” with fuses on it? Apparently visible? What, did he have some sort of complex about his height with all the insoles? Had to know it would show up in the security scan.

I don’t like the TSA at all because the nature of the organization, but there actually are people who would love to blow up or crash an airliner again. Security measures are called for. That the measures we got appear to be largely a PC sham that harasses innocent grandmothers and such while letting individuals who fit the profile sail right through is why they’re so detested.

If it wasn’t some weird arty thing then he was making a dry run of sorts, that or he’s very libertarian and was attempting civil disobedience.


29 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:17 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: EEGator

You’ve almost certainly seen this passage from Atlas Shrugged here on FR before:

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”


30 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:30 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: EEGator

LOL


31 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:48 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

No photo’s of the watch?


32 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:50 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: TruthWillWin

That’s what I was looking for too!


33 posted on 11/17/2012 7:26:47 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Steampunk, google it!


34 posted on 11/17/2012 7:26:54 AM PST by woodenickel
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To: jiggyboy

That’s it, thank you.


35 posted on 11/17/2012 7:27:44 AM PST by EEGator
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ANYTHING

I don't know how many of you out there carry one of these bomb triggers...

36 posted on 11/17/2012 7:28:26 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Dr. Sivana

That is pretty funny. And thanks for bringing back old memories of the Intellivision with those keypad overlays.


37 posted on 11/17/2012 7:28:52 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: woodenickel

Huh?


38 posted on 11/17/2012 7:30:18 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Mr. K

Geez. Lay off the drink, will you??

Before you assault the next kid on a pogo stick.


39 posted on 11/17/2012 7:33:25 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: ConservativeMan55

I suspect that this man figured he could get some press by getting himself arrested.

He is a frustrated artist and figures it is worth spending a little time in jail so he can sell some of his art and get the attention he thinks he deserves.


40 posted on 11/17/2012 7:34:12 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: woodenickel

Steampunk is sort of techno-Victorian and would have exposed gears, brass tubes and such, not electrical wires and fuses.


41 posted on 11/17/2012 7:35:11 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry; BenLurkin

Ping!


42 posted on 11/17/2012 7:36:46 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: RegulatorCountry

Ohhhhhhhhh


43 posted on 11/17/2012 7:37:56 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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44 posted on 11/17/2012 7:40:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: bigheadfred

My God...I’m a bomb making terrorist!


45 posted on 11/17/2012 7:41:01 AM PST by EEGator
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To: ConservativeMan55

So, what watch or cell phone can’t be used as a trigger?


46 posted on 11/17/2012 7:41:12 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55

No photo at the posting link or the link at post 23?


47 posted on 11/17/2012 7:42:05 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Actually, exposed wiring and old fashioned fuses are very steampunk.


48 posted on 11/17/2012 7:42:13 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: PilotDave

Exactly.


49 posted on 11/17/2012 7:47:12 AM PST by EEGator
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To: ConservativeMan55

I’m not sure I understand your reaction. The whole steampunk aesthetic got rolling close to a decade ago and to my knowlege peaked about 2010. It was a reaction to all the electronics, all the virtual this and virtual that, all the plastic. People loved the realness of it, substantial, moving parts, sort of industrial with a wacky appeal, it was/is reto and modern at the same time. Computers with a nice wooden and nickel or brass case and one of those wild magnifying glass monitors, that sort of thing. It extended into apparel which is how I became acquainted, we had a few west coast customers requesting designs with a steampunk look and feel, several years ago. It sold in certain locations and sold on specialized internet e-commerce sites but never really caught on broadly. People didn’t know how to take it.


50 posted on 11/17/2012 7:49:22 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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