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So if this guy was walking down the street - would he / could he be
arrested for the same charge of "having bomb-making materials" ??

Doesn't everybody that flys also have "bomb-making materials" - if you
define bomb-making materials as any sort of electronic device?

"While no actual explosives were found, McGann was carrying
potentially dangerous materials"

Can electronic devices or components actually be called "potentially
dangerous materials"?

"and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were
unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles"

So now some ill-defined layer of gov't law enforcement is subjecting the
public to arbitrary fashion rules under penalty of arrest?

Are there signs at airport security checkpoints that warn you that
possession of "odd" electronic devices or footwear is grounds for
immediate arrest and suspension of your civil rights?

When exactly did the United States become the USSR, ruled by the KGB?

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Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having
bomb-making materials

November 16, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. 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.

Geoffrey McGann, 49, of Rancho Palos Verdes was taken into custody
Thursday night after he tried to pass through airport security with an
ornate watch that had switches, wires and fuses, according to Sgt. J.D.
Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

A bomb squad arrived within five minutes and determined there were no
explosive materials in the watch, Nelson said. The checkpoint was closed
while officers secured the area.

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.

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.

A profile for a person named Geoffrey McGann on the website LinkedIn.com
lists him as the owner and creative director of a media production
company called Generator Content. He attended the Art College Center of
Design in Pasadena from 1984 to 1987, according to the website.

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Default Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials

Same **** from our overlords, different day.

On Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:54:05 -0500, "Capt. Roger Over"
wrote:

So if this guy was walking down the street - would he / could he be
arrested for the same charge of "having bomb-making materials" ??

Doesn't everybody that flys also have "bomb-making materials" - if you
define bomb-making materials as any sort of electronic device?

"While no actual explosives were found, McGann was carrying
potentially dangerous materials"

Can electronic devices or components actually be called "potentially
dangerous materials"?

"and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were
unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles"

So now some ill-defined layer of gov't law enforcement is subjecting the
public to arbitrary fashion rules under penalty of arrest?

Are there signs at airport security checkpoints that warn you that
possession of "odd" electronic devices or footwear is grounds for
immediate arrest and suspension of your civil rights?

When exactly did the United States become the USSR, ruled by the KGB?

===========================

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/16...h-having-bomb/

Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having
bomb-making materials

November 16, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. 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.

Geoffrey McGann, 49, of Rancho Palos Verdes was taken into custody
Thursday night after he tried to pass through airport security with an
ornate watch that had switches, wires and fuses, according to Sgt. J.D.
Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

A bomb squad arrived within five minutes and determined there were no
explosive materials in the watch, Nelson said. The checkpoint was closed
while officers secured the area.

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.

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.

A profile for a person named Geoffrey McGann on the website LinkedIn.com
lists him as the owner and creative director of a media production
company called Generator Content. He attended the Art College Center of
Design in Pasadena from 1984 to 1987, according to the website.



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