When a Clock Looks Like a Bomb, It’s Islamophobia!


Schools can go too far in reacting to perceived threats but this isn’t one of those case.

Ahmed Mohamed was an alleged victim after he put an old clock in a metal briefcase and brought it to school.

When he showed his tech teacher, the teacher didn’t say much more than you’d better keep it hidden throughout the rest of the school day. When the alarm went off in English class, the teacher took a look, confiscated it, and told Ahmed it looked like a bomb.

Ahmed was told to report to the principal’s office where the police said Ahmed couldn’t tell them what the device was. They thought it might be a bomb hoax.

Soon after, Ahmed, 14, was arrested and taken to juvenile detention. He was later released to his parents.

Ahmed wasn’t charged. He has decided to transfer to another high school.

Ahmed has been invited to the White House to meet Barack Obama. Obama told him to bring his “cool clock.”

Rep. Keith Ellison, never one to miss a political opportunity, toted an analog clock with him on Capitol Hill all day Wednesday to show support for Ahmed. He tweeted using the hashtag #StandWithAhmed.

Ellison with his clock
Keith Ellison with the analog clock

Ellison didn’t take a digital clock which is what Ahmed put together, he took an analog clock that didn’t look like Ahmed’s. If he had, security probably would have stopped him for carrying a suspicious device.

This is a suitcase bomb.

suitcase bomb1

This is a digital clock.

digital clock

This is Ahmed’s clock in a briefcase so of course it’s a clock.

Ahmed’s clock in a metal briefcase

Ahmed was possibly treated badly but Islamophobia is a political tool and that was the problem here.

One tech said this is nothing other than a clock that was taken out of its case.

video via noisy room



  1. Oh big Surprise – Obama has invited the “victim” to the White House! Muhamed and a bomb-looking clock do not belong together. I would question his family and ask where did he get this idea from.
    I’m not racist, just a realist.

  2. You do realize that’s not a freaking suitcase. Look at the plug to get a real idea of the size of the thing. It’s no bigger than a DVD case.

    • It’s not a briefcase either. It’s a pencil case… and what do you suppose that clock you posted would look like if they opened it up?

  3. Not sure why you two are fixated on the size of the case. It’s a no-never-mind. At the time, it was described as a briefcase. Can’t bombs be put in small cases? Did you ever see the size of a C4 canister?

    Ahmed Mohamad 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. Strange thing for a 14-year old to do.

    The police said he couldn’t describe what it was, other than saying it was a clock. They knew it wasn’t a bomb. They were concerned about his arrogance they said in one report.

    In any case, the school handled it poorly and the leftists including Obama decided to use it to further their agenda.

    The family is making money off it online and plans to sue. I don’t think much of them.

    And I agree with Dianne.

    • The photo you have tagged as “This is a suitcase bomb.” is not a suitcase bomb. It is a Honeywell alarm and access control sales demonstration kit. I have carried symilar sales demo kits from other manufacturers onto aircraft without any issues. A suitcase bomb doesn’t require a lot of electronics but requires explosives. If the criteria of a suitcase bomb (or backpack bomb) is that it is a suitcase and have electronics than anyone carrying a calculator in their briefcase, backpack or pencil case is potentially in trouble. A bomb is identified by its explosives – Ahmeds pencil case has nothing that remotely looks like explosives nor did it contain explosives. The police chief admitted: “The officers pretty quickly determined that they weren’t investigating an explosive device. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/irving-police-chief-admits-cops-knew-ahmed-mohamed-didnt-have-a-bomb-when-they-arrested-him/

      • I know it’s a pencil case and I know the police realized it was a bomb. The article was a little tongue-in-cheek. It also wasn’t a clock made by Ahmed. The police were concerned it was a bomb hoax and Ahmed was completely uncooperative. The one thing is for certain – it was a hoax.

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