Thursday, March 16, 2006

Terror Wrist Watch


Rifle? Check. Turban? Check. Cheap Casio digital wrist watch? Check. Congratulations, you're a an "enemy combatant."

Owning a rifle, wearing olive drab and a Casio watch are criteria to define so-called "enemy combatants."

"Common Casio watches...have become part of the often ambiguous web of evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. military cites the digital watches worn by prisoners when they were captured as possible evidence of terrorist ties." Click here for the full article from the NYTimes

Casio watches have been used repeatedly in the past as bomb timers, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

But, uh, couldn't any watch with a timer be used for that same purpose? Is every person wearing a Casio wrist watch going to be profiled as a terrorist? It seems kinda silly to me.

Some guy is selling the same model of Casio watch worn by several Afghani detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The current bid is only five bucks too.

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