Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Teen Gets 30 Months in Federal Prison for Laser Pointer

Laser pointer crime - FBI photo

Laser pointers are now considered weapons that can land you in federal prison for nearly 2 1/2 years even when you plead guilty.

On Monday, a judge sentenced California teenager Adam Gardenhire to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to deliberately directing his laser pointer at a private plane.

According to CNN:
U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson sentenced a 19-year-old man on Monday to 30 months in federal prison for shining a laser pointer at a plane and police helicopter, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case.
Adam Gardenhire deliberately pointed the commercial grade green laser at a private Cessna Citation that was landing at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport in California on March 29, 2012. 
Gardenhire, of North Hollywood, California, was arrested and pleaded guilty in the incident as part of an agreement with prosecutors in October.

"Gardenhire had no idea that the deceptively ordinary laser he had borrowed from a friend was powerful enough to be seen by, much less distract, a pilot thousands of feet away," wrote attorney Sean Kennedy.

Negligence simply wasn't good enough to protect this non-violent young man from prison time.

The FAA says that laser pointers are dangerous to pilots because it may temporarily blind them. They claim that over 3600 laser incidents occurred in 2011.

Below is a compelling video of the FBI catching a laser pointer criminal in the act in 2011. This 2-year-old video shows the FBI's incredibly advanced surveillance technology:



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56 comments:

Edgar Alves said...

'MURICA

The Rat Catcher said...

What are you in for?
Laser pointer,
Huh?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how a laser pointed from below can distract or blind a pilot in a plane whose windows don't face downwards. Nonetheless, they r dangerous if they shine on the retina. Pls use caution and sensibilities when using anything that can turn to be inimical.

Anonymous said...

That took a lot of cops to catch that guy.

Anonymous said...

A civilian on the ground cannot be expected by the government to understand the technology of advanced modern aircraft and how that technology will interact with a laser pointer. If it's a problem, the aircraft need to be modified so that it's not. Besides - do you know what kind of incredible accuracy it would take to hit a moving pilot right in the eyes with a laser pointer long enough to blind him? I doubt any human hand has the stability to pull that off.

If the intent is to deter future incidents, then they should have given him a fine. Maybe even a big one. But this is not a crime that you take away someone's freedom over. Especially a 19-year-old. His life is basically ruined now. I hope somebody stops this madness.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long it will be before the feds just launch a drone strike of perps?

Anonymous said...

Ahem... apparently it was not the teenager who went after the airplane and the helicopter, it's both the airplane and the helicopter which brought noise and pollution to his property.
How 'bout that?

Anonymous said...

'murica at its finest: Omfg, a teen is pointing a green laser at me, I'm getting blind! Put that little criminal in jail, his acts are despicable and horrendous with that powerful weapon! And yet, lots of americans killing innocents in USA's "wars" for "Peace". Pathetic government made by pathetic buttholes that love how wars make them rich. Even Obama, a false moralist.

Anonymous said...

bill of attainder

Anonymous said...

Why was this kid pointing his laser at an airplane in the first place? Clearly he was trying to provoke some sort of response, otherwise why do it? I'm not saying he was trying to get the plane to crash or anything, but he must have been trying to affect some sort of outcome by pointing the laser at the aircraft.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the hell you make for yourselves Merica.
LOLOLOL

Anonymous said...

I think its the responsibility of the FAA to make their aircraft safe. Apparently all terrorists need are laser pointers to bring down our airliners. However, not a single plane has been brought down because of this. So either there are no terrorists or they pointer thing is BS.

Anonymous said...

If this is a typical laser pointer that you can buy off the shelf at your local electronics outlet for 20 or 30 bucks, then the divergence of the laser at just a distance of a quarter mile would render it unable to do harm of any kind.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the vid on Y.ou Tube with Kiss and Paul Stanley...Hey you, with the Laaaaser!!!

Anonymous said...

First off, a laser point will spread and lose power the greater the distance. Pointers are effective up to 100 feet. You can see the light further but, as far as blinding a pilot, that would take incredible skill to hit an eyeball at 10,000 feet or 1,000 feet. Even at 100 feet in a straight line would be difficult. But, the further away from the laser, it only becomes a bright flashlight equivalent.

They are simply making this kid an example of the brutal court system. Where banks can't get prosecuted for stealing trillions but, a laser pointer will land you in jail for years! Stupid!

Anonymous said...

He knew what he was doing. He knew the pilot could see the light. Otherwise why would he point it. He could have caused a plane crash. It is the same as throwing boulders off of a bridge crossing over a road.

If you don't want to get locked up then don't point a laser at *anybody* including pilots. Why can't the guy just f*cuk off? You know what? I'm glad he is in prison. He is a thug idiot and most likely he would have pointed it at me given half a chance.

People are moaning about the bankers. Yes, it would be great if white collar crime was taken as seriously, but that is no reason for him to point a laser at somebody nor is it a reason to let him off for doing so. The two events are orthogonal. One does not preclude the other.

Anonymous said...

"First off, a laser point will spread and lose power the greater the distance. Pointers are effective up to 100 feet."

untrue. The entire point of a laser is that whilst it does disperse somewhat, it is not like a normal beam of light. It is tightly bunched coherent light and if the pilot can see it then the light is not dispersed enough. There is absolutely no need for that idiot thug to have a laser pointer. What the hell is that idiot going to do with it? Give a lecture on theoretical physics from a mile away? Of course not! What that idiot thug is going to do is point it at people. At their eyes. So f*cuk him. Because he would have pointed it at my eyes and laughed given half the chance.

Anonymous said...

Will it be legal to bear laser pointers when unmanned aerial vehicles that are fully armed and autonomous patrol the skies and start to retire people from the population? What about Chemtrails?

The same penalties and sanctions against laser pointers aimed at aircraft should also apply to individuals and organisations that use armed unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) against the population, aircraft that disperse Chemtrails, those who fluoridate water, supply toxic food additives and GMO's and inflict vaccines and smart meters.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he bought the thing to play with his cats. Some of you are insane. While I agree there should be a deterrent if it is indeed true that they can bring down a plane or blind a pilot...he's nineteen. Young people do stupid stuff. 3 years? Can anyone say prison industrial complex? Got to keep the prisons 90 % full you know cause they promised the corporations.
I hope those of you that are so harsh on this kid have none.
Next they will be locking them up for finger guns, bubble guns, pictures of guns etc. etc. Now they are only suspending kids for this garbage. I bet that's disappointing that they aren't locking them up for a few years. They've all been in grade school after all and the indoctrination should be working better.

Anonymous said...

As a retired Airline Training Captain, I say, yes, that MUST be so. Had the pilot been blinded for a minute or so, it would have been manslaughter had a crash occurred.

Anonymous said...

As a pilot, I feel this punk should have been put away for thirty years. What kind of jerk would do this?

Anonymous said...

First images in that video show the laser flash from a camera in a plane or helicopter and it´s quite blinding, not a typical light.

If i was a pilot making a maneouver and have that kind of light focused on the cockpit i could get distracted or slighty blinded. It is dangerous.

A huge fine or several months in community service for someone who didn´t commited a crime before could be enough to teach him a lesson. 2 years in prision...too much.

Anonymous said...

Just a twitchy litle Nazi state thats all. The fall of the usa is near.

Anonymous said...

You all know that this sentence is a life sentence for the kid, and at 19, yes, he really is a kid. Stupidity, greed and vileness by the Elite keeps getting worse every day. They need to be stopped cold. Now. Those of you who hve compassion for the boy will have that compassion returned to you hundredfold. Those of you without compassion - may your lack of such come back to bite you in the ass a hundredfold. Just wait until it's your turn, and you WILL have your turn soon. It's called Karma, and it is the Top Law of existence. You'll be praying that there's someone with compassion helping you one day, but with your attitudes, don't hold your breath.

Anonymous said...

The only reason the kid got 30 months is because his parents aren't cops, politicians or judges. Green laser pointers will be the least of our worries when every government, state, and local enforcement agency, from the Department of Water to local dog catcher is flying a remote drone in already crowded airspace. Our air traffic control systems are at their limit for civil aviation (with layoffs planned) and were never designed for drones. Wait until some careless government goofball with no pilot license accidentally flies a drone into a police helicopter or passenger airliner on takeoff or landing. Not to mention civilians who can buy mid-range drones off the shelf for a few hundred bucks to spy on your family.

Anonymous said...

If the story published his name and it was John McDonald there would be even more bleeding hearts complaining about draconian laws. But if the teens name was Ahmed, everyone would want to hang him. If the nineteen year old kid is pointing a laser at an airplane he is a problem, and needs to be dealt with now. What's next if he gets away with it?

Anonymous said...

The prisons-for-profit at the expense of people must be fed at all costs!

Anonymous said...

The cover story is that a laser will blind the pilots of airplanes and other air craft. The real reason the government doesn't want anybody pointing lasers at the sky is that a laser attracts UFOs.

Believe it or not.

I don't care.

The Cosmic Player said...

Tough lesson, but at 19 years old he should know better , i mean he is not 12. I sure hope he is not a skinny kid or he is gonna have a rough time in prison

Mary Neal said...

Tell him to go into banking.

Rabbitnexus said...

Well if they're so dangerous, it seems a miracle thqat no terrorists have managed to bring down even one plane with them yet. Even boxcutters seem more reliable.

Anonymous said...

Someone should buy 10 million lasers and give them out free to schoolkids everywhere, and tell them to piss off pig-copters whenever they see 'em.

Only in the 'land of the free' [sic].

Anonymous said...

But remember...Its ok to taser the elderly in the heart and then get mad because they are too stiff to cuff from all the electricity going through their body. Just say they were resisting.


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Anonymous said...

Just think what your pointer can do to drone camera's

Anonymous said...

He should have used the get out of jail Trump card: "I am an illegal alien". Not only would he do no time he would be loaded down with goodies from every federal program in existence.

Danny S. said...

In the 3600 incidents that are said to have occurred since 2011, has there been even ONE in which a pilot was actually blinded (even momentarily) or in any way actually had his/her ability to fly or land the plane impaired? If not, then this law is not justified. If yes, they should publicize the facts about the particular incident or incidents where this occurred.

Michael Horne said...

A year in county jail and 3 years probation would seem more just to me. It's true with today's youth, who many were latch-key kids, there seems to be more immaturity, but Federal prison? Really?

losers said...

Utterly stupefied. He fired his lazer and got jumped by 10 cops while alone walking at night. A simple warning from an officer would have stopped that mistake, but nope we gotta crucify this guy because the slave labor system is needing fresh meat.

Unknown said...

I smell a conspiracy by TSA. The next time you go through airport security, they will be confiscating laser pointers. Then the fucktard child molesters will stand around playing Star Wars with them.

Paul Clark said...

From article:

"Negligence simply wasn't good enough to protect this non-violent young man from prison time."

What do you mean non-violent? If someone deliberately shines a laser in your eyes is that not violence?

Anonymous said...

It's the sheeple's fault that this nation is the way it is. Thomas Jefferson said, "There needs to be a revolution every 20 years to keep the government in check." Keep sleeping, sheeple.

Walking_Turtle said...

Two words for MASS FULL-SCALE IMPLEMENTATION:

JURY NULLIFICATION.

Because the Man is not the ONLY party on trial when charges are pressed. The LAW is in the OTHER PAN of Good Dame Justice's Legendary Balance EVERY time!

And the Judges know it. Being loyal to their oligarch statist Appointers and thus entirely corrupt to the core vis-a-vis the US National Constitution, why NATURALLY they HATE it!

Snake Bussssh said it fast and first: "They hate our freedoms". Remember? That's right - the TERORISTS YOU SEEK TO STOP COLD are in HIGH OFFICE on US SOIL, Good People!

So: Nullification under the Standing LAW? Or (later) cheap disposable drones from RadShack with a payload of M80s or cherrybombs (etc) deployed over the Mercedes of Choice...? Country Club Parking Lot of Choice...? Gated Residence of Choice...?

Just musin' on the Immutable Law o' Cause-and-Effect, of course. Scrying into one possible future, is all. Sheer Parody on the Assymetry of it all, nothing more than that. Is all... Ayup.

Never give up - never give in - and NEVER FORGET.

And that is all. 0{:-|o[

iaincarstairs said...

What a shame it isn't a crime for the US authorities to set light to people's houses and schools and wedding parties with remote controlled high explosives, incinerating men, women and children alive, skinning the flesh from their bones. "You guys are awesome."

Since they get paid by taxpayers to protect themselves from taxpayers, imprisoning taxpayers as often as possible, wouldn't it be better for taxpayers if the country just dismantled the state's police altogether? They don't seem to do any good for anyone else!

iaincarstairs said...

Also it's a wonder the FAA (and Boeing) don't do anything about toxic fume events, which happen every day in civil aircraft because of cheap air circulation designs, and which have been responsible for the real crippling of pilots, the real crashing of planes, and the real death of cabin crew.

But that might cost something, to protect tens of thousands of lives, and wouldn't generate any prison profits. So it's better to make up bogeymen and distract the public - make them loko the other way. Read "Seconds to Disaster" (Meade/Ronan) and if you have ever flown, you'll be very angry indeed.

Anonymous said...

Who took the video? This had to be a set the up.

JCII said...

I suspect some of the haters here are chemtrail pilots...

Anonymous said...

drone defence, ccd blinder

Anonymous said...

Those hero police officers, all 9 of them, saved the day again!! Can you imagine if they hadn't caught that guy? Laser pointing is the gateway crime. Next comes jaywalking, then ripping the warning label on your matress, then being rude to flight attendants. I've seen it all too many times before. Heck ya this loser scum teenbag needs to be locked up. And the technology and personnel needed to pursue, detain and prosecute citizen tool will only cost us taxpayers about $40,000. Then another $70,000 per year to keep him in prison. Good job fellas!!

Or the pilot could have just looked away, instead of staring directly at the guy laser pointing at him. But where is the fun in that?

Anonymous said...

The lasers they point at the moon are better quality than the Dollar Store variety. The beam does spread out on the cheap ones. That said, any laser shouldn't be used on pilots or even car drivers. But this does make me wonder about the rescue laser "flare" I saw advertised that is meant to be pointed at nearby ships and planes.

Anonymous said...

That little green light wouldn't be as distractive as a HP car with it's reds and blues flashing.

Anonymous said...

Pilots use instruments to fly - Not sight if they are true pilots at all.

What if it were foggy?

More Prison Industrial Complex Fascism.

Anonymous said...

yes, pilots have actually been temporarily blinded by laser pointers, and unable to land the plane as a result.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174983/JetBlue-pilots-eye-damaged-laser-attack-plane-landing-JFK.html

Anonymous said...

At 19 he still hasn't the capacity to think of consequences. Many say to parents to just keep your kids alive until they are around 25. Think how we were at that age.

They are going to drug him in the prison and abuse him sexually. The government will make a lot of money keeping him in there.

Why are they selling these things to the public if it is so dangerous. Money from the sale and money from the prison sentence... just like they make their money on the drug trade.

This is a police state and it will only get worse unless we begin to think of what we are doing as 'adults'. What is this co-dependency some of these posters have with the need to remain in a victim/perpetrator mindset? I guess because they love being victimized by the government's criminal acts. When are we going to take care of our children rather than punish so harshly for every error they make?

People who support his imprisonment rather than a fine or something reasonable are somewhat psychopathic themselves... just like the government leaders.

Anonymous said...

What they are not telling you is that if the laser light is quickly pulsed it can disorient a person mentally. That is why multiple fire alarm strobes are synchronized. That's probably what happened to Princess Di's driver when they got him going fast enough.

Anonymous said...

People get less than that for murder.
There is no justice in America anymore,
we are ruled by elites, and "justice" is
totally random and without reason.

This breeds nothing but contempt for the rule
of law, and those who have done this to us,
hopefully, will reap the first fruits.

Hey_Soul_Sister said...

He's 19, he's young and dumb, and he doesn't know better. Should he? Yes. But he doesn't. I was stupid at that age too. Being in prison for 2 and a half years should hopefully teach this dummy a lesson. Pointing a laser at an airplane is the kind of thing a little kid does.

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