A couple of Brits were unceremoniously ejected from the US last week after one of them ill-advisedly tweeted he was off to "destroy America".
Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and pal Emily Bunting, 24, jetted into Los Angeles last Monday ahead of what they hoped would be a lively Stateside holiday. Their shorter-than-expected trip certainly delivered, although the pair weren't expecting to be arrested, internally probed and thrown in a cell for 12 hours with hungry Mexican narcos.
The Department of Homeland Security had already earmarked Van Bryan and Bunting for a warm welcome before they even touched down at LAX. The agency had picked up on a couple of Van Bryan's tweets, which suggested they intended to wipe out the US and disinter Marilyn Monroe.
All I'm saying is maybe you US folks aren't quite ready for our Brit humour and Twitter is finally realising that! ;)
10:45 am on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
The people have a sense of humor, it's Homeland Security that doesn't. Benny Hill any one? ;)
10:51 am on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
I do kind of love the train of thought that's led them from some spotty faced kid making an offhand comment on Twitter, to anal probing.
Perhaps they have quotas to meet?
Let's not be too judgemental of the hard working folks at Homeland Security. Constant people watching all day must get dull - you've got to break the tedium somehow. Play cards, read a magazine, work on your resume, discuss the game last night, and violate a foreign national. C'mon, we've all had those moments! ;)
12:06 pm on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
Let's not be too judgemental
I worked for the Federal Government and I regularly dealt with Homeland Security. Trust me, they have absolutely no sense of humor.
5:02 pm on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
It's such a sensitive subject. Everyone should use some common sense when they make public comments. If they don't, they are asking for trouble.
Cases such as this highlight the issue to everyone.
Of course, real troublemakers are unlikely to tweet such messages from an identifiable account and then expect to walk through immigration without being stopped.
11:17 pm on Feb 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Happened again, this time in canada.
11:31 pm on Feb 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
An interesting N.Y.Times article on this subject, published almost 2 years ago but more and more relevant to current privacy issues.
You may not disclose personal information, but your online friends and colleagues may do it for you, referring to your school or employer, gender, location and interests. Patterns of social communication, researchers say, are revealing.
In a class project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that received some attention last year, Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree analyzed more than 4,000 Facebook profiles of students, including links to friends who said they were gay. The pair was able to predict, with 78 percent accuracy, whether a profile belonged to a gay male.
“Personal privacy is no longer an individual thing,” said Harold Abelson, the computer science professor at M.I.T.
Did you need any more reason to ditch Facebook? And who knew it wasn't hackers/scam artists who would be the biggest users of this type of profiling, it's our own gov!? Put Google's privacy changes under a microscope quick!
11:56 am on Feb 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
And it's happened yet again today, this time to the FBI. A recording between an FBI agent and Scotland yard about the group annonymous was apparently obtained by the group and released to the public.
The FBI response.
The FBI said it had launched a criminal probe "to identify and hold accountable those responsible," saying the recording was "intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained."
My phone calls and emails are intended for their recipients only too, it's such a double standard.
3:09 pm on Feb 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
This reminds me of the 1967 film, The Jokers (Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford. After stealing the crown jewels, a tourist is asked if he has anything to declare at dover customs, "Yeah, the crown jewels", he replies. His Triumph Herald auto is stripped to nuts and bolts. Although this was fiction, H M Customs are very like their U S equivelent!