Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA [OAK]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Edited to add a photo of the evil, nefarious device:

    geoff mcgann watch.png

    No specifics as to what the "device" was ... science fair project? :D

    CBS Local San Francisco: Oakland Airport Passenger Arrested After Device Found At Checkpoint

    A passenger attempting to depart from Oakland International Airport on Thursday evening was arrested at a security checkpoint when a suspicious item was discovered, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Friday.

    The passenger was at the Terminal 2 checkpoint at about 7:45 p.m. when TSA officers found the suspicious device, TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said.

    Specifics about what the device were made of were not immediately available.
  2. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I have a hunch, well a few hunches:
    1. An insulin pump
    2. A breast pump
    3. A flux capacitor :confused:


    4. A stun gun (i.e. tazer)
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  4. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member


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    Via David Burkhead (who noted that about the steampunk art), the TSA has now taken to arresting people with artsy homemade watches and shoes. The nitwits at the Oakland airport said his watch could be used to make a timing device for a bomb.​
    Um…any watch could be used for that — especially digital ones. The watch in question here, as my friend suggests, was probably some form of steampunk – a sort of 19th century, Jules Verne style of fashion and design that the hamburger clerks hired as “security” surely have never heard of.​
    This is not grounds for taking a man’s freedom.
    From the AP story:
    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 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.​
    These idiots, idiots at the TSA. This is a guy who makes commercials, not bombs. Here’s his profile from his website.
    A question: Will this be enough? Creative dudes getting arrested for having creative watches and funny shoes? What will it take before people start to realize they could be next? And that the degradation of our rights and the sheeplike, blinking acceptance of that paves the way for more and more degradation of our rights?
    (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/london particulars)
  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Paranoia: If it's not an American flag, it's a bomb.
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  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    He's different. Execute him! I wonder how fast the DA will drop the charges and try to weasel out of a sure lawsuit....
    "potentially dangerous". sure. In my head, there is potentially an atom bomb.
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  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I'm not sure that DA wants to know how many lawyers attend Steampunk conventions.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Must be a slow day for the stunted Neanderthals in the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Contra Costa Times: Watch that looks like bomb trigger gets Rancho Palos Verdes man jailed at Oakland airport

    A 49-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes man was caught at Oakland International Airport with a watch that looked like a bomb was jailed, and more details of the incident emerged today. Geoffrey McGann, 49, was caught with the device and even stranger items in his luggage Thursday evening, TSA agents said.

    Ah, yes, but the details aren't exactly flattering to TSA or dumb pigs that arrested this guy.

    The "elaborate watch" was buried beneath McGann's coat in a luggage inspection area, and it had been attached to wires, a toggle switch, fuses and a circuit board, TSA agents said.

    Sounds devious until you read just how and why they were so buried. Keep reading!

    In addition, McGann's boots were two sizes too big and were stuffed with layers of homemade insoles, which allowed for large cavities where someone would be able to hide items, Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the San Jose Mercury-News.

    But nothing was hidden in them, right? This is news? Large boots with a soft, cushy inside are a cause for arrest? :td:

    McGann was also wearing a military-style shirt with a built-in tourniquet in the sleeves, often used by soldiers to stop bleeding if they suffer an arm injury, the sergeant said.

    So now anyone who wears anything vaguely military is subject to arrest?

    He was arrested for felony possession of materials to make an explosive device and possibly remains at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $150,000 bail. But he disappeared from the online inmate locator internet page today. According to a dispatcher at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, the agency's online inmate locator is down and the watch commander, Sgt. Howard Barron, could not be reached for comment.​


    McGann allegedly took off his watch while going through a checkpoint at Terminal 2 about 7:45 p.m Thursday and put in the security bin along with his carry-on luggage and covered it with coat, Nelson said.

    Exactly the same way so many of us go through the checkpoint: small stuff in the bottom, coat on top, laptop in a separate bin.

    I hope he retains a good attorney and takes these bozos to the cleaners. Usually cops have few more marbles than TSA's perverts, but these retards must have come from the same pizza box ads.
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    One wonders what the average pedosmurf would do if confronted with a Nixie watch like Steve Wozniak wears.
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  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Here is is, folks, a thoroughly dangerous man ...

    McGann Geoff.jpg
    Geoff McGann, artist and occasional connoisseur​
    of unusual watches, big boots and odd shirts​
  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the face of a man willing to pay the price of being avant garde in his wardrobe
  14. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Based on talkling to a fellow medic and one of our IT guys "a significant number", and since that is californoia I bet more then a few will be willing to step up for a pro-bono defense that would make OJs dream team look like amatuers.

    System convient for them.

    A felony holy crap I hope this DA and sheriff are good at kissing (expletive deleted) and groveling as there gonna get there asses handed to them in court if it makes it that far. Will be even worse at the civil trial as most likely will be a case of "how many zeros you want on that check".

    TSA puff piece in 3...2...1 and summarily torn a new one.
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    UK Daily Mail: 'Artist' carrying homemade 'watch bomb' with fuses and circuit board arrested at California airport
    • Geoffrey McGann, 49, accused of possessing materials to make an explosive device
    • Police say homemade watch was on direct timer with fuses, wires and circuit board
    • Passenger also 'wearing shoes two sizes too big with cavity hidden inside'
    • McGann says he's an artist and bizarre timepiece is example of his work
    Police claim to have foiled a terror threat after arresting a man as he attempted to board a plane with what they say were bomb-making materials hidden inside a homemade wristwatch. But Geoffrey McGann claims he is an artist and insists the bizarre timepiece is nothing more sinister than an art project.

    Their 60 seconds of fame is likely to cost Alalmeda taxpayers tens (perhaps) hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and settlement costs.

    The 49-year-old from the Los Angeles suburbs was taken into custody at Oakland International Airport on Thursday night with what appeared to be a potential triggering device for a bomb. 'The watch had on it a toggle switch, a series of fuses, a series of wires protruding from it, a circuit board and the watch itself was on a direct timer,' Alameda County Sheriff's Sergeant J.D. Nelson said.

    My Timex does simple timing, too. I'd just need to have a lab tech solder wires to the right contact points and it would be much less conspicuous.

    TSA agents said they became suspicious of McGann when he tried to get the object through airport security by putting it in a bin covered by his jacket. Sgt Nelson said that was just one of many irregularities which led officers to be disturbed by his demeanour and attire.

    Many people throw a coat/jacket/sweather on top of the bin to make their valuables less visible. These morons are just royally out to lunch.
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A couple more quotes from the Daily Mail article:

    The official said the bomb squad arrived within five minutes and determined there were no explosive materials in the watch.

    Good call. Up to that point, it sounds as though people reacted quickly and properly determined that there was no bomb threat.

    'Obviously he was missing a couple of things along the way,' Nelson admitted, while insisting police regarded the watch as a possible 'triggering device.'

    Expensive mistake. Sometime you dumbos just need to admit that there's no problem & move on.
  17. I sincerely hope there's a picture of this suspicious device on the TSA Blog. I'll bet it looks like thousands of other steampunk items that must have made it just fine through checkpoints.
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  18. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    They would need an underwear change. Especially if they ever watched Goldfinger.
  19. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The government abusers are about to re-learn the lesson the Society for Creative Anachronism taught them back in the mid-80's when they started taking children away because the parents were members, thus were presumed Pagans, and thus into human sacrifice and other BS charges.
  20. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I think the tide is turning and government abusers are about to get a real good taste of there own medicine. Hopefully in short order they will be shown the same "humanity", "professionalism" and "leniency" they have shown us (sic). bon appetit
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