Lion of the Blogosphere

The kid with the clock

Since this was in the comments, I’ll repeat what I said here in a post.

A conservative website supposedly has the real story about Ahmed, the kid who was arrested for bringing what they considered a hoax bomb to school.

Even though the kid’s father is an annoying political figure, I don’t see any evidence that the kid is anything more than a nerdy, perhaps clueless, kid, who likes to tinker with digital electronics. If that’s the case, the school shouldn’t have called the police on him. And maybe the kid hasn’t watched enough bad Hollywood movies to know that a circuit board with some LEDs inside a briefcase is supposed to look like a bomb.

The “real story” says the kid didn’t say much to the police, but nerdy kids are usually shy and anxious around authority figures like police. That doesn’t mean anything.

If the actual people at the school were to give me a convincing argument as to why they thought it was necessary to call the police, I’d listen and possibly change my mind, but that hasn’t happened yet as far as I know. If I am wrong, please let me know.

I know you all hate the liberal media, but even a broken clock is right twice a day, and maybe this is one of those times.

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And yes, even though the clock isn’t an invention but rather just the kid tinkering with an existing circuit board (he’s just a nerdy kid and not a super-genius), that doesn’t really change the story except that it’s annoying that the liberal media is making him out to be more of a child prodigy than he really is (although most 14-year-olds lack even the skill to remove a circuit board from a cheap home clock).

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Also, I don’t particularly blame the police. If the school, which supposedly knows the kid and the situation a lot better than the police, ask the police to arrest one of their student, the police will probably give the school the benefit of the doubt. But after a short while in custody, they realized they had mistakenly arrested a nerdy kid and they let him go.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

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  1. I wonder if the kid will have to reveal this “arrest” when applying for engineering jobs after graduating from MIT? Could this arrest affect his ability to get a government clearance or a government job?

    E. Rekshun

    September 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    • If the job requires a government security clearance, the application mandates reporting all arrests. The applicant is given the opportunity to explain the circumstances. The background check will certainly reveal any criminal record, even if supposedly “expunged”.


      September 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

  2. Only a complete moron would put alarm clock components into a new case and show it off to his teachers. His engineering teacher told him not to show it to others, so why did he persist? It’s simple: his intention from the start was to troll people with his hoax bomb.

    P.S. his father helped him reassemble the clock.


    September 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • Kid gives me the creeps. MIT my a$$. The kid seems like a dim bulb, and a social retard/a$$. The kid is repulsive. Slimy and stupid. Yuck,

      not too late

      September 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

  3. Watch the clip with Mark Cuban on Bill Maher’s show from this past Friday. Cuban said he called the boy (why is Cuban inserting himself into a controversy?) and could clearly hear that his sister was coaching him on what to say over the phone. Cuban said it was very strange but, of course, didn’t connect any dots from it.

    Andrew E.

    September 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    • Aww, I wanted to be the first to mention it.

      Lion of the Judah-sphere

      September 22, 2015 at 12:17 am

  4. O/T: Malia Obama didn’t make NMSF cut off like Chelsea Clinton did.


    September 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  5. It’s possible the kid was clueless. But given the father’s history, the fact it happened a couple of days after the 9/11 anniversary and the way it’s being exploited for political reasons, it all seems a little too convenient.


    September 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • It’s also a couple of days after the beginning of the school year. He wouldn’t have been able to show the clock to anyone in August before school started.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      • It was almost a month after the start of school.


        September 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  6. The bar for arresting Muslims should be far lower than the bar for arresting non-Muslims. If a teenage Muslim boy makes something that could even possibly look to an idiot like a fake bomb, the kid should be arrested. Muslims, whose religion explicitly requires them to actively wage war against the entire non-Muslim world, should have to learn to bend over backward to avoid suspicion.


    September 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    • Threshold should be even lower for AA.


      September 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  7. Something I forgot to mention in my comment in the previous thread was that the school is less than 30 minutes from where the Islamists tried to kill Pam Gellar. It’s totally understandable why they called the cops.


    September 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  8. @Lion,

    You’re saying the kid may be a clueless nerd who didn’t know how people would react to his non-invention, and you’re saying the MSM may be right. I don’t think both can be simultaneously true because the MSM is saying he was only reported/arrested because of Islamophobia, nothing about him being clueless (which I find plausible).

    They’re actually saying the opposite, that he’s super-smart. Hell Google/Facebook/MIT are saying he’s super-smart. But the dad leads me to the hoax/SJW conclusion (his dad went to Florida a few years ago to debate that preacher that wanted to burn Korans).


    September 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  9. Why are we calling it a clock? The pictures I saw don’t look anything like a clock.

    A bomb in a briefcase, yes. But a clock? No.

    Mike Street Station

    September 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    • It’s the size of a pencil case, only 8 inches, it’s not a big briefcase.

      The kid never portrayed it as a bomb. According to the only known account, the English teacher says “it looks like a bomb” and the kid says “It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.”

      I genuinely think the kid was clueless. It was totally wrong to call the police on a clueless kid. And no one thought it was a bomb, no one evacuated the school.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      • Muslims should never be given the benefit of the doubt anymore than should have the Japanese during WWII.


        September 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    • According to the only known account, the English teacher says “it looks like a bomb” and the kid says “It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.”

      His project looks like an 8 inch suitcase bomb.

      But if he’s not satisfied with the American legal system, he should seek refugee status in Syria where the right to free speech is protected and where the leaders of ISIS are famous for taking vulnerable young boys under their wings.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      September 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  10. Muslim trolling and obviously so.


    September 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  11. A clock’s innards in a metal box doesn’t look like a clock. A teacher and principal looking at it shouldn’t be expected to look at that and think “clock.”

    I’ve done a fair bit of tinkering with my desktop computer, replacing the video card, ram, and power supply (the last of which has tons of colorful wires trailing from it). So I’ve seen and messed around with electronic components like that. But if I were teaching and someone in class had some home-assembled-looking electronics in a box, I still wouldn’t know what it was or whether I should interpret it as something dangerous or at least intended to seem dangerous. I think it would be my responsibility to do something about it. That something would probably be to have a hall monitor take them to the principal’s office to have the administrative people look at it, but they probably wouldn’t be any more likely than me to know for sure what it is. So they would need to call the police, who presumably have people who know.

    And if I were the parent of a kid in the school, I think I would be angry if the school didn’t take it seriously. Especially since it’s a muslim kid’s device.

    Since we know the kid’s father is a muslim activist, the intent of the whole thing seems very suspicious. Kids get suspended for messing around with makeshift gun-toys that don’t look anything remotely like real guns, but this kid shouldn’t get in trouble for playing terrorists-and-admins?


    September 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  12. i still think you’re missing the guts of the story. i read a tech blog which had a pretty convincing writeup that the kid just took the plastic off an old alarm clock, made no other modifications, and pasted the parts inside the briefcase.

    “So there you have it folks, Ahmed Mohamed did not invent, nor build a clock. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation. It all seems really fishy to me.

    If we accept the story about “inventing” an alarm clock is made up, as I think I’ve made a pretty good case for, it’s fair to wonder what other parts of the story might be made up, not reported factually by the media, or at least, exaggerated.”

    Considering how little work was actually done to this clock – when you consider the “form factor” he chose for his “alarm”, something which resembles a briefcase bomb, and brings it to school the day after 9-11 – at a minimum he and his parents have highly questionable judgment and should be the target of some suspicion.

    Texas law says a fake bomb is a misdemeanor and I agree. Teacher acted properly, police acted properly, the kid is probably a moron – this is worthy of a meeting with Zuckerberg? sad commentary on facebook tech talent.


    September 21, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    • It is beyond me how someone as smart as Zuckerberg can be so easily manipulated. I guess the urge to do some progressive showboating is so powerful that it wiped all thoughts from his mind. The country really is in a sad state if this represents the priorities of our smart, creative people.


      September 21, 2015 at 10:22 pm

  13. The worrying thing about this story is that now schools and other institiutions will think twice about reporting possible terrorists or suspicious activiity for fear of being branded ‘Islamophobes’ if they are wrong.

    In fact Islamic terrorist groups could use this as a tactic. Keep putting suspicious-looking but harmless people through airport controls and other such places, then scream ‘Islamophobia’ every time they are arrested or questioned. In the end the authorities may then issue instructions to back off and not act on suspicions, thus making it easier for terrorists with actual bombs/guns to get through.

    It’s ironic that the idea of ‘Islamophobia’ as thought-crime began as a result of September 11th. As Lawrence Auster pointed out, the worse a minority group behaves, the more improper it is to notice.

    Incidentally, Richard Dawkins to his credit has called the little bastard and his ‘clock’ out and has received a good telling off from people who know better than him what opinions other people may and may not have.

    prolier than thou

    September 22, 2015 at 3:10 am

    • Remember the 4 Iman’s who started acting crazy on a domestic flight and then tried to scream Islamophobia and tried to sue? Similar scenario in my opinion.

      Mike Street Station

      September 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

  14. All he did was take an old existing clock apart and placed it in a brief case looking pencil box. His father is a multi-millionaire Muslim activist. It was clearly a provocation. His science teacher even told him that people would think it was a bomb as so he should not show anyone but the kid did anyway.

    I Am Prolier Than Thou

    September 22, 2015 at 4:05 am

  15. If you Google the word “Pallywood” you will see that a lot of Arabs in and around Israel spend a lot of energy creating phony situations designed to make Israel look bad. They regularly enlist their children in these Pallywood schemes because they know that people instinctively sympathize with children.

    This situation seems like Pallywood to me.


    September 22, 2015 at 5:03 am

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