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Rancho Palos Verdes Man Jailed In Oakland For Trying To Board Plane With Odd-Looking Watch
CBSLA.com) ^ | November 16, 2012 9:33 PM | Juan Fernandez

Posted on 11/17/2012 7:17:28 AM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Rancho Palos Verdes man is under arrest this evening for allegedly trying to board a plane in Oakland with materials that could be used to make a bomb.

Geoff McGann is accused of making his way through security wearing an odd-looking watch that alerted TSA. As described, the watch sounded more like a detonator than a timepiece.

J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, said McGann’s watch “had a toggle switch, a series of fuses, a series of wires protruding from it, a circuit board and the watch itself was on incorrect time.”

Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said what security found next alarmed them even more.

McGann allegedly was wearing boots with hollowed out compartments. And according to authorities, he couldn’t explain why he was wearing them. He reportedly told authorities the watch was “part of an art project.”

Fernandez went to the single family home where McGann lives.

No one was home, but a note on the door instructed UPS to leave any packages on the doorstep.

Fernandez said two small dogs could be heard barking inside the home.

Neighbors (who chose to not go on camera) described McGann as a quiet guy who lived alone. “He’s not the kind of guy who would cause any trouble,” Fernandez reported.

No explosives were found on McGann’s person and officials don’t believe McGann was attempting an act of terrorism.

Still, they believe what he did could have been dangerous.

Nelson adds, “as a triggering device, absolutely, absolutely. It absolutely could have been a triggering device. Obviously he was missing a couple of things along the way.”


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1 posted on 11/17/2012 7:17:33 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
officials don’t believe McGann was attempting an act of terrorism.

My eyes are rolling so much that I can see the back of my brain.

2 posted on 11/17/2012 7:20:45 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: BenLurkin

Nothing to see here, move along...™


3 posted on 11/17/2012 7:23:23 AM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: jiggyboy

4 posted on 11/17/2012 7:24:39 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs (The Ameritopian Motto: Gov The Sheeple, Buy The Sheeple, Bore The Sheeple)
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To: BenLurkin
I have a Rollex that looks a lot like that.Bought it from a street vendor in Brooklyn for $20.It doesn't keep very good time though.
5 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:38 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Yah,as a matter of fact that could have been bought from Mike Hammer.


6 posted on 11/17/2012 7:27:11 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: BenLurkin; All

Neighbors often say terrorists/murderers are quiet and would never cause trouble.
Don’t buy that rockin’ stereo system and your undercover work is done. /s


7 posted on 11/17/2012 7:28:13 AM PST by convocation
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To: BenLurkin

Eh, seems legit.

8 posted on 11/17/2012 7:30:39 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: BenLurkin

I've seen some weird-lookin' Russian watches, now

9 posted on 11/17/2012 7:34:50 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

hmmmm. Looks like 4 or 5 Solyndra solar cylinders, An Al Gore divining compass, An Obama For America decoder watch and emergency ration Rahm-an noodles. I’d say he is a Democrat.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 7:39:22 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs (The Ameritopian Motto: Gov The Sheeple, Buy The Sheeple, Bore The Sheeple)
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To: martin_fierro

11 posted on 11/17/2012 7:40:37 AM PST by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: BenLurkin
Obviously he was missing a couple of things along the way

All you need to know!

12 posted on 11/17/2012 7:44:25 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I have a Rollex that looks a lot like that.Bought it from a street vendor in Brooklyn for $20.It doesn't keep very good time though.

That's really strange. Rolexes are supposed to keep good time.

13 posted on 11/17/2012 7:51:53 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: Gay State Conservative
I think you got fleeced....never pay more than $10.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 7:57:33 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: martin_fierro
A little bird told me ....you are up to no good. :)


15 posted on 11/17/2012 8:00:58 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Hope he hasn’t named one of his dogs “Precious” and likes to sew-—maybe they need to check his basement for butterflies and bodies...

Suzy


16 posted on 11/17/2012 8:15:08 AM PST by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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To: BenLurkin

Pic and background
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/watch-feared-bomb-detenator-article-1.1203660


17 posted on 11/17/2012 8:34:59 AM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline, (it's back). 2008, the Decline of America)
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To: homegroan
"Thinking of you, "wish you were here!" XXX, Hannibal
18 posted on 11/17/2012 8:45:51 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Obviously he was missing a couple of things along the way.”

The knucklehead had 3 of the 4 parts required to assemble an IED. All he was missing was the mass explosive.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 12:48:08 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("It's The Natural Born Citizenship, Stupid!")
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To: BenLurkin

an art project, ayup: the art of looking like an airplane bomber without actually being one.

people get really crazy and weird ideas, i wonder if this is one of those redneck islamists?


20 posted on 11/17/2012 12:55:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Joe Marine 76

yeah, and with the explosive holding or smuggling boots, i guess he got them at his neighborhood terrorist surplus shop?

now if he’d put the clockwork in luggage, odds are nobody would have noticed or cared. and the boots might have gotten scrutinized but when found to have nothing actually hidden they’d have let him go his way.

i say performance art. the art of being a jackass. again is this some redneck mooselimb?


21 posted on 11/17/2012 12:59:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: tumblindice

LOL!!

Craving some nice Chianti right now...


22 posted on 11/17/2012 1:04:43 PM PST by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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To: homegroan

most of which comes from blueland california today. is there anyone who specializes in “red state” wine???


23 posted on 11/17/2012 1:19:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: martin_fierro
I've seen some of those "clown" watches ,, sold under the "Invicta" name that are so large they could house enough explosive to take down a commercial aircraft.


24 posted on 11/17/2012 1:29:16 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I agree with you; the guy IS a jackass. Anybody who’s been paying attention over the last 11 years would know what components are needed to assemble an IED.

You don’t need to be a terrorist to know.

And then to bring the components through a TSA Passenger Checkpoint. It’s as stupid as bringing a “Take A Number” Hand Grenade Gag-Gift through the Passenger Checkpoint or putting it in your Checked Baggage even.

“Stupid is as stupid does?”


25 posted on 11/17/2012 3:00:57 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("It's The Natural Born Citizenship, Stupid!")
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To: Joe Marine 76

A deliberate stunt for some sort of twisted yucks, unless it’s a Moose who’s probing, but that latter sounds like an unlikely hypothesis. It’s kind of like joking about bombs whilst at the security areas of airports. Ya get stomped for doing this and for good reason, it falls into the yelling fire in a crowded theater (when there’s no fire) category. Go perform that art somewhere else, like in the middle of a deserted field.


26 posted on 11/17/2012 3:08:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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