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  • All the parts except the most important bit, the bit that goes boom, without that all you have is an automatic light timer.
  • Guy should sue for false arrest. The article (very helpfully) gives the statute he was arrested under: "a person who possesses any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive without first obtaining a valid permit to make that destructive device or explosive, is guilty of a felony."

    Not only is there an intent requirement, and they clearly don't have that here, but the officer admits that the only thing the guy might have been able to build would have been a trigger device, which is notably not a "destructive device" or "explosive."
  • the watch, which had a large leather strap with a protruding toggle switch, wires and fuses and a circuit board.

    Yeah I'm okay with them pinching this guy.
  • "He was on a trip for work and he didn't have to check any bags. Everything didn't seem right. It didn't pass the smoke test."

    Sweet Jesus. I travel for work nearly every week, and I haven't checked a bag in years.
  • TFA: Geoffrey McGann, 49, was arrested for felony possession of materials to make an explosive device and remains at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $150,000 bail.
    words, words, more words...
    A call to a Geoffrey McCann's home in Southern California was not answered Friday night.

    Gee, I wonder why?
  • "It didn't pass the smoke test" That's a new one on me.
  • Unless you live in a group home for the developmentally disabled.
  • Seemed to me he tried to steampunk something and then showed up with it.
  • My thumbs have gone weird... Oh God, my heart's beating like a farked watch!
  • farking broken mobile app pushing site...
  • EvilEgg: without that all you have is an automatic light timer


    Alarm clock.


    Of course, if you took a big ben alarm clock, and duct taped it to a handfull of railroad flares, and stuck some wires in the mess, you could shut down Boston.
  • All the components to make a *part* of a bomb? Oh. My. God!

    Thanks for keeping us all so safe and sound, T.S.A.

    /end sarcasm
    //didn't RTFA
  • So in america they arrest you for having bomb making supplies but no bomb?

    So do i get arrested for having child abducting supplies (candy) or bank robbing supplies (paper, pen, pocket and banana)

    Land of the free indeed...
  • If you think that's scary, you should see what some of us can do with the components found in every breath of air. Those can be made into a lot of deadly things, too.
  • EvilEgg: All the parts except the most important bit, the bit that goes boom, without that all you have is an automatic light timer.


    Was he fat? He could have liposucted himself, rendered the fat, then skimmed off the nitroglycerin.
  • So he had a toggle switch, maybe some wire, a couple of electrical components, and he wore clothing unlike all the other drones that were in line. "Oh my God, he's got a bomb!!!"
    This is why we need to start putting down more of these TSA dumbshiats, maybe round them up in a big truck with a cage in the back, then gas them all and throw them in the local landfill like we do with stray dogs. I don't know how anyone that works for the TSA would ever admit it in public for fear of being laughed at.
  • I used to have half of a 30-pin memory SIMM on one of my key chains because I'm a computer geek. I wonder if I could have been arrested for that because some moron thought it was part of a bomb.
  • Oh yeah, I have owned a few of these watches over the past 20 years

    Casio F91W

    /hand coding HTML on the mobile site is bloody hard.
  • hlehmann: maybe round them up in a big truck with a cage in the back, then gas them all and throw them in the local landfill like we do with stray dogs.


    You know who else...
  • Xai: So in america they arrest you for having bomb making supplies but no bomb?

    So do i get arrested for having child abducting supplies (candy) or bank robbing supplies (paper, pen, pocket and banana)


    Actually, there's a lot of precedent for that. If you own semi-automatic firearm X and have the necessary parts, or even just knowledge and tools, to convert it to full-auto (can just be an Internet printout and a file), you legally own an unlicensed full-auto weapon and can be pinched.

    As for "child abducting supplies"... if you want some lulz, try to pick up your kid from school without ID, sometime.

    Land of the free indeed...

    Some people would rather feel safe than be free.

    /OTOH, freedom costs a buck-oh-five
  • Rincewind53: Guy should sue for false arrest. The article (very helpfully) gives the statute he was arrested under: "a person who possesses any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive without first obtaining a valid permit to make that destructive device or explosive, is guilty of a felony."

    Not only is there an intent requirement, and they clearly don't have that here, but the officer admits that the only thing the guy might have been able to build would have been a trigger device, which is notably not a "destructive device" or "explosive."


    The first part of the sentence boils down to: "Anyone who possesses anything with the intent..."

    Proving intent is going to be a job for the prosecutor. I wouldn't call it "clear" in this case, but the circumstantial evidence is sufficient for an arrest.
  • McGann was arrested under a section in the state's penal code that says that "a person who possesses any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive without first obtaining a valid permit to make that destructive device or explosive, is guilty of a felony."

    We had a case like this in Massachusetts, with more incriminating facts. The state supreme court construed the law so having things that could be turned into an "infernal machine" was not a crime if they were not assembled. (link)
  • Xai: So in america they arrest you for having bomb making supplies but no bomb?

    So do i get arrested for having child abducting supplies (candy) or bank robbing supplies (paper, pen, pocket and banana)

    Land of the free indeed...


    But did he have a gub?
  • Currently standing in line to get my groping.

    /Getting a kick
    //Not wearing a watch
    /Or underwear
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