Steampunk Art Is Now Terrorism, According To The TSA

November 17, 2012

Steampunk Art Is Now Terrorism, According To The TSA
Via David Burkhead, 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. This watch, as Burkhead suggests, was probably some form of steampunk art — a sort of Jules Verne style that hamburger clerks hired to man “security” would surely have no idea 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 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.

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?

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  • confused

    Did TSA arrest him or Oakland police?

  • http://twitter.com/sproketz sproketz

    Welcome to the land of the free… and the home of the … um… arrested… artists…

  • bennings

    If you saw the local TV news (I live in Oakland) it makes one realize how the media acts as agents for the state, not just the national media, but local media – never asking legitimate questions, just repeating what their government handlers tell them to say. Fascism is here, in the New and Improved Soviet Union (american style). 60 years ago, Nazis wore black uniforms and swastikas, and at least evil had a face, so that courageous people could resist. The nazis learned to change their tactics, they don’t wear their colors for public consumption, they use technology to control and bend the will of a trusting public, they have gained control of ever public oriface, especially television and music and entertainment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.meadows.7777 Steve Meadows

    The local media accepted all of the government spin on the story without asking ANY critical questions.

    The police sergeant said it had all the components of an explosive timing device. You would need to run tests in a lab to see if it really could be used as an actual explosive timing device, which I doubt they did.

    They simply looked at and started making sensational statements about its appearance to justify their thug tactics.

  • andreas

    Hurrah for the patriot act!

  • Aribella Marie

    like ive previously said many times before, this country is not what our founding fathers imagined or hoped for in any way. we might as well be back under the Brittish Rule!! this poor man. red white and blue no longer stand for freedom, they now stand for the lack thereof. Does this mean when i go to my steam punk conventions ill get pulled over and arrested? what has this world come to?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuffy.barfmore Stuffy Barfmore

    would you sit on a plane next to a flakey-lookin dude with bare wires hanging off his personal electronics? — I dopn’t think so;
    the tone of the majority of comments on this site are those of whiners who never held a real job

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1153537686 Pierce Nichols

      I’d rather sit next to them on a plane rather than share a country with people like you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gshanks1 Gary Shanks

    More proof that the terrorists actually won on 9/11. America doesn’t exist anymore. They got us to destroy ourselves. We’re becoming the land of the not terribly free and not brave enough to do anything to get personal freedom back.

  • MBear

    You’ve been thru ‘security’. Most of them probably barely graduated high school.

    yah, don’t you feel safer?

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