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Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the time-enough-for-love dept.

Government 519

First time accepted submitter mbeckman writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport for having bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, The Alameda county sheriffs department claimed that he was carrying 'potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were Unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles.' The man told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art."

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519 comments

Take that! (5, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014737)

Take that Freedom and creativity!

Re:Take that! (5, Insightful)

DarkOx (621550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014781)

The home the brave, where we fear unusal timepieces and footwear.

Re:Take that! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015149)

That's what happens when you live in a fascist country.

Re:Take that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015207)

We're Bushists, not Fascists, thank you very much.

Re:Take that! (3, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015271)

It didn't start with Bush.

-jcr

Re:Take that! (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015183)

Yeah well, nothing really new there. In their defense, I've heard footwear can be dangerous now. ;)

I'd like to see a photo of the watch though. "wires, switches, and fuses" sounds pretty cool... though I think I'd know better than to test TSA by wearing it through security.

Re:Take that! (4, Informative)

rullywowr (1831632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015087)

Take that, 4th amendment! Shit, I just went through TSA today with a coiled air compressor hose (the yellow type)...that was lots of fun..

Moron. (-1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014741)

Yes, well, obviously he was trying to make some sort of statement of some kind, maybe having to do with "art", and maybe not.

But seriously, I think he planned this for exactly what happened.

Moron.

Re:Moron. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014771)

Yes, well, obviously he was trying to make some sort of statement of some kind, maybe having to do with "art", and maybe not.

But seriously, I think he planned this for exactly what happened.

Moron.

Dear Moron, no need to sign your posts.

Re:Moron. (-1, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014923)

Dear Moron, no need to sign your posts.

Dear Anonymous Coward, no need to log in with a User Name, eh?

Re:Moron. (1, Redundant)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015105)

Apparently not. He was modded +5 Funny as an anonymous coward. I usually don't hand out Mod points to AC's but I would have in this case as that was pretty good. You did ask for it.

Re:Moron. (4, Insightful)

saihung (19097) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014849)

I find your willingness to speculate about the motivations of a complete stranger based on no information adorable.

Re:Moron. (4, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014893)

Genius is more like it. The next step is to auction the watch off while the publicity is still hot.

Re:Moron. (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015121)

I'd head straight to Ebay with it.

Re:Moron. (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015061)

Sorry, trolling is far too common to be considered performance art. Perhaps you should try watchmaking.

Re:Moron - Indeed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015125)

This just proves to me that people with badges and guns are stupid, moronic and easily manipulated.

Terrorists are smart, cunning and great at manipulating.

So, do you feel safe, you asshole sheeple?

"first time plagiarist" (5, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014743)

Well done Timothy. I submitted this story earlier and the submission by mbeckman appears to be copied from my submission. [slashdot.org]

Re:"first time plagiarist" (2)

jhoegl (638955) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014809)

Yeah, its why I stop submitting.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014831)

Yeah, its why I stop submitting.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (0)

war4peace (1628283) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014871)

Yeah, it's.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014879)

You, sir, are a FUCKING WHORE. Shut up, and go home.

Fucking Idiot (-1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014901)

So, your EGO is so huge that because you and another dude submitted essentially the same CUT AND PASTE, and he got picked over you?

Oh, how your egg shell must be thin...

Re:Fucking Idiot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015081)

Hi Moron.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014965)

I definitely sympathize, but I from my experience, it is likely an honest error. I have spent my time on several occasions writing summaries only to see one come through right before I'm finished. I've also innocently submitted summaries (which I thought superior) atop another similar submission and watched mine rightfully be discarded. I have seen many occasions where an anonymous post of lesser eloquence trumps an account-based submission of greater quality, only because it was first. But, as you've illustrated, it doesn't always work. If it's any consolation, I voted for yours earlier, but not the newer one.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (4, Insightful)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015259)

I know this is headed for a -1, but when given the choice slashdot authors have always chosen the summaries that come from their buddies over everyone else. This is a tradition going right back Rob Malda himself. A summary of one of their buddies has to be pretty bad for them not to chose it over someone they don't know. It's a bit of the assholery that Slashdot was founded on.

Yes, I know. When I met Rom Malda personally he was an asshole to my face. He is smart but he is an asshole. That's the way it is.

Re:"first time plagiarist" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015331)

his had a link in the submission instead of after. That is typical /. style.

hum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014749)

This is a non-story. I'm not being a contrarian or trolling, it really just is.

Never forget... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014775)

01-31-2007 Never Forget [wikipedia.org]

Remember kids, just don't say, look, or do anything weird and nothing will happen to you.

Re:Never forget... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015177)

From the wiki ... During the preliminary investigation at the site, the police found that the device shared "some characteristics with improvised explosive devices." These characteristics included an identifiable power source, circuit board with exposed wiring, and electrical tape. After the initial assessment, the Boston police shut down the northbound side of I-93 and parts of the public transportation system. Just after 10 a.m. the bomb squad used a small explosive filled with water to destroy it as a precautio

materials... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014783)

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.

I'll bet they can say this about anybody who has a spool of wire, some cutters, and a soldering iron. Rather convenient for police.

Re:materials... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014795)

Or a stick of gum, a paper clip and a baseball card in the case of MacGyver.

Re:materials... (5, Insightful)

rhook (943951) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014869)

I bet everyone has bomb making materials in their garage and under their sink.

Re:materials... (2)

Andrewkov (140579) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014927)

Ssshhh! Don't tell anyone!

Re:materials... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014999)

If not, a trip to the local Hobby Lobby will get you most of what you would need.

Re:materials... (1)

Smallpond (221300) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015015)

A few household chemicals in the proper proportions.

Re:materials... (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015091)

Your car has a tank full of explosives.

Re:materials... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015313)

I bet everyone has bomb making materials in their garage and under their sink.

So? Having it in your garage is not the same as carrying it into an airport.

Re:materials... (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015333)

Babies' diapers can be used to build bombs. Babies should be banned from planes.

Especially if they are crying.

Why can't the TSA do something about that? Litte bald-headed Machiavellis, all of them, I tell you . . .

Re:materials... (3, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014905)

You don't need a spool of wire.

Any wire will do, including your phone charger, or the spare cat 5 wire you always carry in your computer bag,
earbuds for your phone, the phone itself, etc.

ANY wire constitutes bomb making equipment.

The fact that he was a short dude and wanted to be taller and used multiple insoles to achieve that is also
somehow a crime.

We still have to entertain the possibility that he got exactly what he was looking for, notoriety and fame.

Who builds a watch with wires and "fuses" hanging out of it and then walks thru airport security?
Really, who does that?

Fools and idiot attention seekers. Any terrorist would be much more clever. The charges leveled are
probably simply to hold him on till they dig through his life. When released, he will probably try to sell
his watches to other fools based on his new found fame.

Re:materials... (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015109)

The only fools are the people who support the TSA and their actions. When the free thinkers are all on lockdown, there will be nobody to stand up for your right to express your opinion on issues like this.

Re:materials... (1, Interesting)

neonKow (1239288) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015115)

Probably more "fool" then attention seeker, but it should be a wake-up call that anyone who wants to travel should know better than to wear a piece of art around lest you tick off security check points. Certainly says something about the state of our nation's paranoia and the lack of oversight, transparency, and accountability in some of these organizations.

Re:materials... (5, Insightful)

TrekkieGod (627867) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015301)

Who builds a watch with wires and "fuses" hanging out of it and then walks thru airport security? Really, who does that? Fools and idiot attention seekers.

How far have we fallen that slashdot readers are asking that?

Who does that? Nerds. Nerds do that. Incredible nerds like Steve Wozniak [youtube.com] for example.

People wear things I find to be ridiculous all the time that everyone has no problem labeling as fashion statements. But if it's wires and fuses, it can't be a statement of the types of things you enjoy, it has to be an idiot attention seeker?

Personally, I find it much more easy to label people idiots when they think every exposed wire and fuse is a bomb.

Fake cocaine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014793)

Oh brother. They managed to find a journalist who characterized it as something other than a fake bomb. It was *not* an ornate watch AFAIK. This is the only journalist I've seen characterizing it as such. Pictures or we cant' judge either way. If it was just a busted clock with wires hanging out, no biggy. I think it's more likely the TSA was doing its job this time. At best, this guy is in the same category as people who sell fake crack, which is illegal too. What did the guy think would happen from acting like a bomber? This isn't prottected speech. It's like... well... bringing a fake bomb into an airport. It'll come down to a jury: would a reasonable person think this is a bomb? I bet they would.

Re:Fake cocaine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014891)

It's Oakland. So the TSA employees undoubtedly are made up of more felons than usual with a lower IQ than usual.

Re:Fake cocaine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015265)

That has nothing to do with Oakland and everything to do with TSA.

Re:Fake cocaine (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015277)

Sort of like Congressmen.

Aloha Snackbar (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014801)

I'll reserve judgement until I see the boots and the watch.

Re:Aloha Snackbar (4, Insightful)

Mitreya (579078) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015353)

I'll reserve judgement until I see the boots and the watch.

NO! The judgement is complete once they found no trace of explosive materials
Having wires on you or wearing thick shoes is absolutely no reason for being detained. Even if he had an actual bomb timer, that's nothing without a bomb

I hope he sues them

Dissonant outrage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014807)

Given that TFA says he was also carrying other "potentially dangerous" stuff and was not really arrested simply for wearing a watch, this could be outrageous or not.

I just don't know what to feel.

Can't decide if this is good or bad... (5, Informative)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014813)

From the article, it seems as if the TSA did the safe thing and called the bomb squad, which I guess is the right thing to do. I don't expect the guy at the checkpoint to be able to decide if the "modified" watch is dangerous or not, and so they called in the experts (who decided that there were no explosives).

What bothers me is that he was then arrested: "McGann was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he was charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device" (emphasis mine). Isn't that too broad a charge? I'm sure every household has material that could conceivably be used to make an explosive device. Is everyone a threat now (in an actual enforceable sense, not in a we-assume-everyone-is-guilty sense)?

What about Woz's watch? (4, Interesting)

Jim Hall (2985) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014909)

It's interesting to draw a comparison between this guy making his own watch as an "art project" and Woz's Nixie tube watch [youtube.com] which he says he has worn on flights. Did the TSA just let Woz through because he was Woz?

Re:What about Woz's watch? (2, Insightful)

stox (131684) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015007)

They let Woz through because he is a member of the 1%, normal laws do not apply to them.

Re:What about Woz's watch? (1)

tbird81 (946205) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015117)

Are losers still on about this 1% crap? Woz has got to be 0.0001%

You don't see 1 in 100 people being able to walk through without scrutiny.

Re:What about Woz's watch? (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015169)

A National Medal of Technology? That'a more like the 0.000001%.

Re:What about Woz's watch? (1)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015063)

I can't comment on this article's watch since there are no pictures. But Woz's watch seems to look like a thick watch - nothing fancy or suspicious. A friend once wore a small dive computer (which is more conspicuous) on his wrist when he was going through security (like usual, he had to remove it and pass it through the X-ray machine). On the other hand, if Woz had started unscrewing it and pushing dials (in front of security - not while in air, like he mentions on the video) I guess he might have had a problem.

Re:What about Woz's watch? (1, Insightful)

Jiro (131519) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015089)

If he wanted to be a troublemaker, intentionally made a fake bomb, and got caught, "art project" is pretty much the only thing he could say that would explain why he has a fake bomb without confessing to a crime. So I'm very skeptical that it's actually an art project. Rather, he tried to troll the TSA, and he got caught; I'm surprised that he didn't add that he was just doing a social experiment.

And in the unlikely event that he was actually doing it as an art project, it's really not unreasonable to expect the TSA to treat art projects that look like bombs as bombs. Really, switches, wires, and fuses? How many fuses are on your watch?

Re:Can't decide if this is good or bad... (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015139)

Don't bombs usually require some kind of....uh.....explosive?

Re:Can't decide if this is good or bad... (3, Interesting)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015175)

Isn't that too broad a charge?

That the question even needs to be asked is a pitiable commentary on the state of affairs in the US today.

Re:Can't decide if this is good or bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015189)

What bothers me is that he was then arrested: "McGann was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he was charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device" (emphasis mine). Isn't that too broad a charge? I'm sure every household has material that could conceivably be used to make an explosive device. Is everyone a threat now (in an actual enforceable sense, not in a we-assume-everyone-is-guilty sense)?

It's actually fairly common in the US for police to round up known activists before any major political event and charge them with "possessing materials to make an explosive device" when they find the mower gas in their garage or some toilet cleaner under the sink. They can usually tack on some kind of "conspiracy to riot" as well, with a "terrorism" enhancement courtesy of the PATRIOT act.

See: every DNC, RNC, G8, IMF, etc in the last 10 years

"Materials to make an explosive device." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014825)

It's not particularly shocking that the guy got stopped. What's particularly interesting is that they then proceeded to actually charge the guy, because the watch could be used as a timing device for a bomb. While I don't know about his insoles, and how they factored in, I'm pretty sure that almost every single person on every flight I've been on in the last two years has carried with them the materials necessary to make a timing device for a bomb, right?

It feels like there's something missing from the story, and I'd really like a better description of the watch and why it was so interesting to security, and then the police.

Sigh (5, Interesting)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014833)

With all the bullshit pictures on the linked site, one would think there would be an image of the fucking watch... so I watched the video where bubbly mc blonde flaps along for a min and nothing.

can someone show the god damned watch already? how ornate is a watch before the bullshit squad get your face on the news?

Was the watch one of these? (1)

macemoneta (154740) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014839)

http://goo.gl/LDMgp [goo.gl]

Look! Wires and things!

Has anyone ever found a watch, clock, or cellphone that couldn't be used as a trigger device?

Re:Was the watch one of these? (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014897)

Oh man, i want one of those. Any would do. Works best with a 2000 USD italian suit and low tops.

Re:Was the watch one of these? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014907)

Goatse warning!

Re:Was the watch one of these? (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015297)

We're 11 years away from September 11, 2001 and I think we're right at the beginning of this shit.

Be prepared for more dopey law enforcement officials to throw people in jail because they encounter something they don't understand. And, of course, these same law enforcement officials will continue on the ages-old tradition of pressing forward with a dumbass charge because they are afraid of the embarassment of admitting that they don't know something and, therefore, did something incredibily stupid.

Picture (1)

brit74 (831798) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014843)

Initially, it's seemed bizarre to get stopped for a "large watch", but can we at least have a picture? I mean, was his watch as big as the clock "flava flav" wore around his neck? The video also says the watched looked suspicious with wires coming out of it, so it was obviously improvised.

He must be very smart (0)

aglider (2435074) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014853)

To go to an airport filled with even smarter security officers while wearing all that metal stuff.
Really, really smart! Both sides.

My favorite TSA experience... (5, Funny)

Thagg (9904) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014863)

I was traveling from LAX to New Orleans to shoot Bit Momma's House 2 (you remember that, don't you?) After some bad experiences checking baggage, I carried on my supplies, including my tracking kit.

Now, my tracking kit was a small Pelican case filled with watch batteries, short wires, and LEDs. After it went through the X-Ray machine, the TSA agent looked at the screen, looked at me, looked at the screen, then picked up the box. He carefully unlatched it, and held it out *as far as he could* as he opened it, turning his head away and looking through the corners of his eyes.

Needless to say, I was insulted.

Re:My favorite TSA experience... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014939)

He carefully unlatched it, and held it out *as far as he could* as he opened it, turning his head away and looking through the corners of his eyes.

Needless to say, I was insulted.

Is this a new TSA bomb avoidance technique? We should probably have been teaching our bombs squads all along that if you don't look at the bombs directly, they cannot go off!

Re:My favorite TSA experience... (3, Funny)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015005)

Must be some kind of quantum trigger

Re:My favorite TSA experience... (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014997)

I would have laughed my ass of, after yelling BOOM by surprise.
Priceless, therefore worth a short arrest session, tee hee.

Re:My favorite TSA experience... (2)

Guru2Newbie (536637) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015097)

If you like that BOOM, then I think you'd enjoy this picture: What is a Bastard? [m109riders.com] , too.

Re:My favorite TSA experience... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015101)

You would have gone straight to jail for a stunt like that.

could be used to make a timing device for a bomb (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014913)

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.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this be true of *any* watch?

he was charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device

So not only did he get hassled for wearing a watch that was unusual enough that the TSA noticed it, but he was arrested and charged...

Next time I travel I'll have to make sure my watch is boring enough it doesn't get noticed so I'm not charged with "possessing materials to make an explosive device."

obXKCD: https://xkcd.com/651/ [xkcd.com]

or in other news (5, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014915)

faced with a budget surplus and a terrorism deficit, the Oakland Airport TSA spring into action and arrest the most suspicious thing they can come up with after 3 red bulls and a half dozen cruellers: a 50 year old white man with a nice watch and a pair of comfy shoes.

freedom has been preserved once more thanks to the watchful eye of a handful of overweight highschool drop-outs in cheap polyester slacks and clip-on ties....but for how long?

tune in for an exciting conclusion to next weeks "Security theatre." Will the man in the comfy shoes buy a new, even more dastardly ornate watch with his lawsuit payout? What devious new orthopaedics will our nemesis equip himself with next? All this and more will be revealed in, "episode 25: I elected obama twice, this shits not funny anymore"

Re:or in other news (3, Funny)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015017)

The comfy shoe is merely an evolution of the comfy chair used by the spanish Inquisition. Deadlier, but more portable.

Another Moron (1, Insightful)

NetNinja (469346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014917)

Gee let me wear this contraption that will garner all sorts of attention.

I can understand someones desire to express his art but to do it in an airport with TSA screeners who are basically highschool push outs is just fucking stupid.
I guess he can express his creativity in a public holding cell, see if they give a fuck about your expressionism.

Re:Another Moron (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015037)

Conformity is freedom.
Individuality is war.
Arbeit macht frei.

Re:Another Moron (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015305)

If our society has degraded to the point where pandering to the tastes of an average knuckle dragging goon is the only remaining option, please just go ahead and flush. Whatever happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The new normal (4, Interesting)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year and a half ago | (#42014931)

I imagine this https://www.adafruit.com/products/950 [adafruit.com] would give TSA agents pause, especially if its modified even further (blinky lights, toggles etc).

They'd have kittens..... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015043)

As the product description says:

"This new version is even more hackable than ever. The on board microcontroller in this model is the very popular ATmega328P used in many of the current versions of Arduino. In fact, you can reprogram your watch using the same Arduino IDE software that you use for a regular Arduino."

Just don't reprogram it to go into "countdown" mode at the touch of a button !

Blue WIre?
Red Wire?

(You KNOW you'd have to include correctly coloured wires!)

Capatcha "lynched" - says it all, really.....

So electronics are illegal now? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42014937)

So electronics components are illegal now? What would happen if you tried to pack a kids toy that teaches electronic circuits in your carry on luggage? Gitmo?

Not "bomb"-making materials (3, Insightful)

gman003 (1693318) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015011)

Those aren't bomb materials. Those are, at best, timer-making materials and a place to conceal something.

Yeah, sure, if the guy's got ammonium nitrate and kerosene in his carry-on, those would be bomb-making materials. Go ahead and arrest him for that.

But if you're going to start arresting people for stuff that can be part of a bomb without actually being dangerous, you should start by taking away everyone's cell phone. Not only do they all have timer functions now, but they can, and have, been used as remote triggers.

This is hurting US tourism (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015025)

Every time I read something like this, it reduces my interest in travelling to the US. Generally, I only visit the US by car, which is very limiting.

So they find nothing and feel stupid (4, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015047)

and in retaliation they charge the guy with a real crime. He should set up a donation site so we can donate to his legal fund so he can stir up moire shit. Now for those will will spout the If you got nothing to hide... Well he had nothing to hide yet the authorities still railroaded him.

Analog watches make dandy detonation timers. (3, Informative)

hey! (33014) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015049)

Anybody who's read or watched 1960s spy stories knows how to make a detonation timer with an ordinary watch or analog clock. You scrape the paint of one of the hands and position a bare wire on the face so it completes the circuit at the desired time. So the argument the cops are making that the watch was capable of triggering a bomb means exactly nothing. Anything capable of marking the passage of time can be adapted to trigger a bomb. You could rig a trigger with an hour glass if you wanted to.

Re:Analog watches make dandy detonation timers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015239)

It does make you wonder if the TSA numpties are using episodes of MacGyver as training videos...

I'll just leave this here (5, Informative)

zill (1690130) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015051)

Since no one mentioned it yet, Casio F91W [wikipedia.org] .

Remember, choosing the wrong brand of watch could land you in Gitmo.

Casio, not even once.

Re:I'll just leave this here (-1)

will_die (586523) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015159)

Remember, choosing the wrong brand of watch could land you in Gitmo.

No it cannot and even suggesting that it would be so for the majority of people reading this site is just stupid.

Re:I'll just leave this here (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015229)

That's awesome, I'm ordering one immediately.

Re:I'll just leave this here (3, Insightful)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015231)

Remember, choosing the wrong brand of watch could land you in Gitmo.

"I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that." - Barack Obama, On CBS 60 Minutes, November 16, 2008

A sad state of affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015057)

I was playing this fun, odd video game called "Real Lives 2010" (Google it, think Oregon Trailish)

Depending on your country of residence you get random factoids. One for the US was "The US claims that human rights violations are 'An aberration', But in truth occur frequently"

Too true game, too true : (

The watch was art! (1)

erroneus (253617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015085)

And this is security "theatre!" It's all very very creative these days isn't it? Good thing nudity as a form of protest is allowable in airports. Unfortunately, nothing on my body looks dangerous... *sigh*

This is why ... (3)

hduff (570443) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015095)

... we can't have safe things. Morons.

Yeah boyeeeeee! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015123)

What was Flavor Flav doing in Oakland?

Obama outbushes Bush!!! (0)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015203)

Take that Mitt!

OMG terrawrists!!!11!!!1! (1, Insightful)

jmcvetta (153563) | about a year and a half ago | (#42015255)

From TFA: "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, Nelson said."

So in other words, this guy isn't actually causing any problems at all, he's just wearing some funky shoes. And the SA consider this good reason to harass and arrest him. This is why I wear Birkenstocks + socks when I fly - afaik, no one is yet living in irrational terror of hippie sandals.

I love it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42015339)

How free is your free country now amerifags?
Remember electronics are dangerous mmkay.

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