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N.J. man charged with aiming laser at aircraft

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by trackstand, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2004 Messages: 2,262 Likes Received: 3
    A New Jersey man was charged Tuesday under federal anti-terrorism laws with shining a laser beam at a charter jet flying over his home, temporarily distracting the pilots.

    If convicted of anti-terrorism violations, David Banach of Parsippany, N.J., faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000

    David Banach, 38, is the first person charged in a rash of recent incidents in which lasers were shined at aircraft around the country. Justice Department officials said they do not suspect terrorism in any of the cases, but said Banach's arrest shows how seriously they take the matter.

    "We need to send a clear message to the public that there is no harmless mischief when it comes to airplanes," said Christopher Christie, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

    Banach made an initial appearance in court Tuesday and was released on $100,000 bond. He was charged with interfering with a flight crew under the USA Patriot Act. He also was charged with lying to federal officers. The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of 25 years.

    Unrelated incidents of laser beams hitting planes have been reported in Medford, Ore.; Colorado Springs; Cleveland; Houston and Washington.

    Banach's attorney blasted federal officials for what she called an overreaction. "One would think they would want to devote their time and resources to prosecuting real terrorists, not people like my client," Gina Mendola-Longarzo told the Associated Press.

    She said her client was playing with his young daughter, using the laser's narrow green beam to point at stars and illuminating trees and neighbor's houses. FBI agents and police swarmed Banach's Parsnippany, N.J., home Friday night after a green laser was pointed at a police helicopter overhead. The helicopter was carrying a charter jet pilot who was attempting to locate the source of a green laser beam that hit his flight on Dec. 29 as it prepared to land at nearby Teterboro Airport.

    After being taken to an FBI office and given a lie-detector test, Banach said he had hit the jet with the beam, court documents say. During questioning by the FBI, Banach showed an agent his laser. After the agent switched it on, Banach warned him "not to shine the laser in his eyes because it could blind him," the court documents say.

    Lasers have become increasingly cheap and commonplace in recent years. Thousands of inexpensive lasers used for home repair jobs were sold before Christmas, some for as little as $15.
  2. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    I remember when those lasers went for almost $100 at sharper image a while back.

    Now they dispense those things in the kiddie machines in front of supermarkets

    FIST2CUFFS Member

    Joined: Sep 18, 2002 Messages: 454 Likes Received: 0
    looks a little old to play around with that stuff
  4. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    I can picture this guy drinking Natty's with a bunch of old Pacman fucks in a backyard fooling around with lasers...What a goof..
  5. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    At wworrk we had this remote control for a projector which had a laser pointer on it. Endless fun, specially in a pitch black gallery.
  6. KETA

    KETA New Jack

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 89 Likes Received: 0
  7. society_kills

    society_kills Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 20, 2004 Messages: 182 Likes Received: 0
    news said somthing like 25 to life and 500 g fine...

    fucking idiot...did you forget your civil rights got repealed.

    TURBOCAPSLOK Elite Member

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  9. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 3,575 Likes Received: 0
    Whatever, this guy is a retard. I doubt he'd be laughing when a plane crashed into his house after he blinded the pilot with that stupid thing. People shouldn't fuck around with 3 ton metal objects that fly over people's heads.
    This guy needs his ass kicked.
  10. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Those things can reach that far??
  11. GucciCondom

    GucciCondom Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 5,558 Likes Received: 168
    dude laser pointers dont fucking really effect your eyes i've had many a laser shined directly in my eye socket from inches away and it didn't do shit, let alone do enough to fucking make you crash a plane. i dont see how they could even notice it from that far away or how it even reached that far.

    people are fucking pussies.
  12. KETA

    KETA New Jack

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 89 Likes Received: 0
    looking into a laser pointer is like looking at the sun at noon. one time cant make you go blind but doing it over and over will eventually affect you vision.
  13. wiseguy

    wiseguy Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 1, 2002 Messages: 2,543 Likes Received: 1
    he's obviously a terrorist i mean look at him...
  14. GnomeToys

    GnomeToys Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 24, 2003 Messages: 2,616 Likes Received: 4
    There is a chance this was not just a green laser pointer. Could have been a Helium-Neon, in which case it was very dangerous to everyone involved. Then, if that was the case, they would have said so, because they're probably too embarassed to admit they arrested some guy who was having fun with his daughter.
  15. KYU

    KYU Member

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004 Messages: 437 Likes Received: 0
    justice is served.