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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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.