Skip to comments.Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials
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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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.
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.
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. ;)
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.
Not everyone gets art I guess.
Don’t give them any ideas!
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!
If he was doing it on purpose.
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.
God knows what you’d do if I passed you with my umbrella.
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.....
“made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles.
Just elevator shoes for the poor!!!
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....
I agree. They determined he wasn’t a threat but charged him anyway because they didn’t “like” what he had on him.
Lots of terrorists have engineering backgrounds. They are not stupid, just crazy. They get the stupid to strap on the bombs.
Sounds like North Korea.
What charge would that be...suspicious boots?
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.
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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.
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.
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?
If I brought my EE lab kit to the airport, I’d probably wind up in Gitmo.
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.
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.”
No photo’s of the watch?
That’s what I was looking for too!
Steampunk, google it!
That’s it, thank you.
I don't know how many of you out there carry one of these bomb triggers...
That is pretty funny. And thanks for bringing back old memories of the Intellivision with those keypad overlays.
Geez. Lay off the drink, will you??
Before you assault the next kid on a pogo stick.
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.
Steampunk is sort of techno-Victorian and would have exposed gears, brass tubes and such, not electrical wires and fuses.
My God...I’m a bomb making terrorist!
So, what watch or cell phone can’t be used as a trigger?
No photo at the posting link or the link at post 23?
Actually, exposed wiring and old fashioned fuses are very steampunk.
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.