Federal agent who knocked Google Glass off a movie goer's face was from Homeland Security

Federal agent who knocked Google Glass off a movie goer's face was from Homeland Security
You surely remember the plight of one Tiberiu Ungureanu, who was at an AMC Theater watching Jack Ryan, when all of a sudden he was approached by a shield carrying federal agent. The object of the agent's focus was the Google Glass that he pulled off of Ungureanu's face. The Google Glass Explorer was detained and questioned for 4 hours. Keep in mind that this was not the first time that he had worn the connected specs at that particular theater, and they did carry prescription lenses which he needed to view the movie.

Now that the ordeal is over, Ungureanu calls himself an "ignorant idiot" as he didn't give the recording feature on Glass a second thought. In fact, he calls the camera the least interesting feature of the specs. After he found someone to make prescription lenses for the device, he started wearing it all the time, living in that world called Augmented Reality.

Since this took place in litigious America, friends have told Ungureanu to sue, but he refuses to entertain that notion. And the FBI itself revealed that the Glass owner works for the Bureau when it denied being involved in the incident. The FBI called him a liaison who works in "the cyber field". And that makes his ignorance of Glass' capability to pirate a movie all the more odd.

The agency involved in the matter was actually the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, part of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is involved in international piracy cases in connection with the Motion Picture Association of America. Officials from the latter association were in the theater along with Ungureanu at the time he was watching Jack Ryan, and they were the ones who contacted ICE.


Hmmm. Overzealous agents detain and interrogate a guy 4 hours for wearing Google Glass in a theater. Could be a movie screenplay in there somewhere.

source: BusinessInsider

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16 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

too bad you missed the movie,..refund?

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

he got 2 tickets, reported in a previous article

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So he got 2 tickets for missing the movie and losing 4 hours of his life. Screw these jack booted thugs.

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Im sorry, when you cant treat someone civil in situations like these, you need to stop... I for one would make and sell fake GGlass look-alike to anyone who would want to buy with a fake with only a microSD card sticking out the side, the purpose for the fake you ask! Quite simply put, load one of those application's that forcibly increase the volume of the PC its viewed in to max and play some kind of PSA about ICE's stupidity and how Homeland Security (or at least a major part of it), is nothing more then the Media Industry's lap dogs.. They ask nicely and are civil, let them know what the jig is, if they dont, let them play it! For even more win, get a huge group of people togeather and have them all put the fakes on when the movie starts! burn in hell RIAA / MPAA and CO

16. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

It's a good idea until you realize you lost 4 hours of your life. And, You may have to spoend a lot more than 4 hours to expalin to them why that damn thing won't work. Remember, the agent rip it off that guy's face. There's no nice way from those agents when they believe you've done something wrong.

4. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

TYPO: *move = movie

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The irony that you can't wear a recording device, even if off, but the same agency that escorted the individual out can record whatever you do in your life, USING THE SAME GADGETS of yours for spying on you.

6. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Would the battery in Glass even last long enough to record a whole movie?

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol proably not

7. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

He looks like Dante Hicks from the Clerks movies.

8. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Penn Gillette?????

9. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I thought so too.

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

File a lawsuit and get an instant audit by the IRS, as well as being placed on numerous federal watch lists. No thanks.

15. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Nah, the Fed is stupid, but they aren't that stupid. If he wanted to sue, he could. Then if the fed tried to raise a stink the media, as they already are, would be all over this like stink on chit. The IRS doesn't want anymore bad press given recent events or the calls to and groans about their unchecked power will get louder and louder.

13. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The US government is totally messed up. What does home land security has to do with recording movies? did they call white house, CIA? US customs, congress, come to solve this case? I still don't understand how did ICE come to the movie theater? was their office next to the movie theater or did they come in helicopter? that was blazing fast.

17. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

While the agents involved behaved like bullies, let's not forget that it was the theater itself that started the incident. And the guy involved didn't think before he wore Glass into the theater. If he'd arrived with a commercial camera on his shoulder, they wouldn't have let him in. And I'd bet most of the theater staff had no idea what he was wearing. The placement of ICE under HS isn't entirely irrational, but the placement of agencies in the government hierarchy is often not well considered, especially in the climate that shuffled all kinds of security around. Since there are export prohibitions, it isn't unreasonable for ICE to be under HS. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of HS seems to have taken over, and even when they could behave with less bluster, it seems that isn't their first approach.

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