Man Arrested After Twitter Joke Made At Airport

Submitted by: charisma 7 years ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/7016266/Man-arrested-under-Terrorism-Act-for-Doncaster-airport-Twitter-joke.html

Pretty stupid of what the guy actually wrote, but not as stupid as the stuff Fancy Tweets on iambored_com @ Twitter.
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Female 635
LMFAO
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Female 3,001
this isn`t an American case, so stop quoting the first amendment dumb shi*ts.
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Female 163
And to everyone who says its a breach of the 1st, learn what the 1st is and learn it well. The 1st Amendment does NOT cover threats against the State.
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Female 163
I agree with the whole security thing being ultra-paranoid, but seriously who is the real idiot here?
Someone just tried to blow up a plane with his underpants and the US had info on him previously.
How would this look if it was an actual threat and they did nothing?
Think about it people, before you start saying poo is useless and unwarranted. Get the mindset of an adult, not a child.
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Male 12,365
[quote]How this man was treated...Heh, still believe in the constitution now?[/quote]

This incident is taking place in England. The constitution here is an amorphous mess of stuff written over the last 795 years and enforced to varying degrees at different times. Nothing has been clear about it for centuries and the original clearly defined written constitution (Magna Carta, 1215) is ludicrously obsolete in parts and was routinely ignored anyway on the basis that nobody really agreed to it (it was imposed by force, literally at swordpoint).

All that`s before you get into the issues of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the United States of Europe.

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Male 1,666
Also, things will probably get better. Anybody remember the McArthy Era in the U.S.? Well that pretty much went out the window in the 60`s, so yeah.
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Male 1,666
This is exactly why I say damn the Man, and f*ck da 5-0.
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Female 36
wow thats dumb!

cops are stupid :/ no offense but realy why would a terorist but that up there like realy!

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Male 988
Airports are so uselessly paranoid..
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Female 184
"Thought crime"???

THOUGHTCRIME?!

FML, it`s begun. Someone tell Orwell.

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Male 78
Simim: "Dude, stupidity is the reason arrests EXIST."

There`s a judgement test that child psychologists do on 9 and 10 year olds... it relates to crime, and, err... well done... you just about qualify as a 9 or 10 year old.

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Female 1,427
"No guys, I don`t care what you say. Making an arrest for this reason is ALWAYS wrong. Was the guy stupid to make the joke in the first place? That can be discussed. But stupidity can`t be a reason for arrest."

Dude, stupidity is the reason arrests EXIST.

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Male 2,855
"Honestly, how often does someone who is REALLY going to blow up an airplane post it on Twitter and say, in a non-serious manner, that they`re going to do it? It`s so ridicously restricting to our personal freedom. One MUST be able to discuss whatever one wants without fear of getting arrested. "

If that was true, a real terrorist would post all his evil plans on twitter, making himself arrest-proof

In the real world you need to investigate these things. How would it look if he really blew up the airport? "O shesh, he posted his plans to blow it up but we didnt do anything cuz it was twitter u know, sorry about the dozens of deaths"

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Male 901
No guys, I don`t care what you say. Making an arrest for this reason is ALWAYS wrong. Was the guy stupid to make the joke in the first place? That can be discussed. But stupidity can`t be a reason for arrest.

Honestly, how often does someone who is REALLY going to blow up an airplane post it on Twitter and say, in a non-serious manner, that they`re going to do it? It`s so ridicously restricting to our personal freedom. One MUST be able to discuss whatever one wants without fear of getting arrested.

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Male 2,855
no, its not ridiculous, if police teach normal non-terrorist citizens not to make jokes about blowing stuff up they can actually concentrate on prosecuting real terrorist threats efficiently. Imagine everyone making terrorist threats, how do difference the real from the joke?
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Female 1,593
Oh no, Big Brother is watching!
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Male 931
korahn: i think youve pretty much nailed it on the head there. I`d gladly do that cause the world now has just gone down the crapper.
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Male 1,418
So, my constant sentiment of "Nuke the world, then start over" can be considered a Thought Crime as well? Or is it even considered terrorism if it`s against the entire planet?
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Female 1,566
"Making jokes about terrorism is considered a ////thought crime////"

I thought that was a joke until I went to Google. :/

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Female 4,376
gah whatever. Reminds me of the time I was in middle school and I was pissed off and I jokingly said to my friend "do you think it would freak people out if i brought a knife to school or something?" but I said i was just kidding and obviously wouldn`t do it nor would I have even known what to do with it anyways had I brought one and the next day I had the principal and guidance counselor talking to me like I was a lunatic. turned out a "friend" overheard me and was "concerned for me and others". BS they just wanted to get me in trouble for absolutely nothing.
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Female 5,222
I saw this in the comments below the article ["No more `Why did the chicken cross the road?` jokes, or you`ll be arrested for animal cruelty. No more `Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman` jokes or you`ll be arrested for racism."] I thougt it was a pretty good that eventually the world wont be able to do anything besides just STAND THERE and be boring. Then again that would eventually become trouble some cause you`d be arrested for teasing paraplegics. I guess we`re all going to jail.
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Male 2,159
Why are some people so ridiculous? And trust the Yorkshire Police to have never heard of a massive Internet phenomenon. I`m surprised they can spell Social Networking, let alone understand the concept.

I hope the guy gets left alone. If he`s charged with terrorism for a joke, comedians will have to seriously water their stuff down.

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Male 38
ok guys, i will kidnap obama`s family and rape his little daughter if he doesnt pull out of afghanistan by next week. if anyone feels like calling the cops on me feel free to do so, cuz i believe in free speech and im not scared to get charged with "thought crimes" or w/e u call this bullpoo
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Female 168
This is nothing new. You can claim, at your college, that someone "made a threat" to do something like blow up the school. OR if you joke and say "I could so kill that kid right now" you can be arrested. It can be done by someone calling it in for revenge and if you`re found to have lied, depending on your state of residence, that`s "OK" because you had a "mental health concern" for the person.

Everything seems to need to be treated as a serious threat now a days. But posting that...yeah that was retarded. Just because of what society will do to you.

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Male 9,306
"Its already going down that path. I see no reason to delay the inevitable."

Fine, go ahead. Far be it from me to tell someone else what they should think, act, do, want...but if you really want to stop it now. I think you should stand up. Even if you can`t really DO anything, it would help to speak out against it. Or at least to help wake people up so others can stand up.

Don`t just get rolled over and accept defeat without even trying to fight...

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Male 907
"Do you ACTUALLY want that to happen? Seriously? Do you want all but the littlest of freedoms to go blowing away on the wind?"

Its already going down that path. I see no reason to delay the inevitable.

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Male 9,306
"Oh America... When will we cut the B.S and just turn this nation into a police state? It`s already heading in that direction."

Do you ACTUALLY want that to happen? Seriously? Do you want all but the littlest of freedoms to go blowing away on the wind?

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Male 312
What the f*** is wrong with the world?!
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Male 2,703
idontknow951...I`m with you. I stopped reading the article at "thought crime".

I mean we joke all the time about how big brother is taking over, but I didn`t think we started referring to internet posts as "thoughts" and thus "thoughtcrimes"

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Male 1,089
i am going to kill the president of the united states- whiteset kids u know.
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Female 1,004
"i like dead baby jokes"
What`s the difference between a pile of dead babies and a lamborghini? A lamborghini isn`t sitting in my driveway.

I`ll say that if someone MUST look into a fake, joking threat like this, they shouldn`t arrest the guy even after figuring out it was just a joke. It`s not his fault someone took it way too seriously and reported it.
"BUT WHAT IF-" Well, this ISN`T one of those times. Remember that. If you made a comment randomly one day and got arrested for it, are you going to be thinking "Well, I could`ve been doing something after all!"? Most likely, you`re gonna be thinking "Why the hell are these people arresting me for something stupid like this?"

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Male 5,190
Sigh just lameness.
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Female 735
i like dead baby jokes.

he likes bomb jokes.

i dont get arrested for claiming i will blend up a dead baby in a blender!

he gets arrested for saying he`ll bomb an airport.

WOW.

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Male 820
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Male 3,842

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Agent00Smith
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
103 Posts Monday, January 18, 2010 3:48:48 PM
Oh America... When will we cut the B.S and just turn this nation into a police state? It`s already heading in that direction.

You know that this incident happened in England, right?

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Female 1,963
I think people just need to learn that there are some things you don`t say, even jokingly, unless you want to be arrested. 1) I`m going to bomb an airport 2) I`m going to shoot up a school 3) I`m going to molest some children. (Oh and by the way, feds who might be reading this, I DO NOT intend to do any of these things.)
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Male 476
Sure ... investigate.. but dont throw the man in jail and confiscate his laptop, iphone.. etc! wtf!
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Female 1,112
Investigating something is one thing, but to arrest someone for what (you must admit) is clearly a joke, is extreme and invasive. Yes, we all know the internet is not private and certainly not anonymous (particularily in a social networking site), but when you can`t make a joke (even a violent one) without extreme repercussions, we have a serious problem on our hands. What if one day you`re at work, or shopping, or at the park, and you make a quick implusive joke about pushing someone in front of a bus or something. Sure you would never do it, but someone overhears you and reports it. I mean, look at the context. The exageration... "a week and a bit" what part of this seems serious enough to warrant an arrest?
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Female 3,828
sometimes people ARE serious, so i guess they gotta investigate.

still messed up though

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Male 678
I think terrorists have figured out how to control the weather.
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Male 476
This is Straight out F*cking RIDICULOUS.
We all Need to EXTRA CAREFUL with our Facebook, Myspace and twitter passwords... If the wrong person gets a hold of it... THey can easily make your life a living hell with one stupid post!!!!
THIS is the world we are living in!!! And its sad!
The police in this matter were truly idiotic and so was the airport spokesperson for supporting them! The only was it wouldnt be SAD is if Robin Hood airport is in Redneck country! ONly then would their actions be.. well not acceptable.. But definitely understandable! (no offense to rednecks)
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Male 678
The Terrorists are winning this war. Everyone is fearful of everything. Now what if terrorists started using code on twitter.

The dulmati is rotten but yummy!

OMFG EVERYONE IS GONNA DIE!!!!!!!

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Female 1,283
Angilion hit the nail on the head.
It isn`t so much as the person being an idiot, but the reaction used after it.

4chan had a threat in Switzerland (Norway?) where some guy was gonna blow up a school. The Popo got the IP address, got a search warrent, came by, then left after figuring out the guy was an idiot.

How this man was treated...Heh, still believe in the constitution now?

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Male 78
Esopillar34 - "Let`s say that the guy was serious." - no, in fact, let`s not say the guy was serious. He wasn`t serious - it is obvious he wasn`t serious, so why pretend for a moment that he was???

People say all sorts of poo... the police really shouldnt be bothering themselves with this stuff. I don`t want them investigating crap like this... I want them investigating people actually plotting to bomb and arson. What the drat are they thinking?

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Male 59
Provided a nice little cautionary tale for the public, a good few hours of practice for the police, and a yummo chilled bowl of Klingon revenge for someone who hates this guy`s guts and was subscribed to him on twitter. That makes it a win/win/win scenario in my book.
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Male 907
At this point, I don`t really care what he did or said or what the police did or said. What I care about is how the guy specifically said "thought crime".
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Female 427
1984 tweets about you.
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Male 12,365
The man was a bit foolish to make such a joke publically, but the response is a lot more disturbing than the joke.

He`s been arrested (which means he was imprisoned, albeit briefly).

Hs property has been seized without any guarantee that he`ll ever get it back without it being bugged, with it still intact or even get it back at at all.

His DNA will have been taken by force and permanently stored on the database of suspicious people.

He will have a permanent record that will show up whenever a criminal background check is done, which might exclude him from an ever-increasing number of jobs.

The UK is becoming dangerously authoritarian, which means that the terrorists are indirectly winning. They couldn`t destroy our civilisation by force, but our authorities can and are doing it for them, using them as an excuse.

I doubt if anyone thinks he`s guilty...but the treatment of him serves as a useful threat to everyone. Say nothing, do nothing and know you are never safe.

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Male 471
"We really shouldnt stand for this crap... I have made a complaint to the South Yorkshire Police and will be taking this up with both my and Paul Chamber`s MP`s

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Seriously, you really, really need to rethink your position if you agree with the police action in this case in any way, shape or form."

I can`t believe I`m about to say this to someone older than me... grow up. This is the real world, and there are rules. Rules there to protect people.

Let`s say that the guy was serious. He was legitimately angry and ready to blow the place up. It got reported to the police, but they just said "LOL, it`s a tweet, ignore it!". Then the airport blows up.

Now let`s say your daughter, or wife, or dog, or whatever died in that blast. How would you feel if you found out that the government ignored the threat? A threat on the internet, where there`s no facial or voice context to show intent, that could be real? The guy made a stupid mistake, and paid for it.

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Male 533
its his fault for saying something that apepoo retarded.
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Male 527
I`m torn on this. On the one hand, if someone tweets about this and later decided to blow up the plane/airport/whatever, then we come down on the police for not having investigated enough. On the other, what terrorist is going to specify the time and location of his attack? Either way, the police are going to get the raw end of the deal whether the attack happens or not.
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Male 2,579
Oh America... When will we cut the B.S and just turn this nation into a police state? It`s already heading in that direction.
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Male 78
Fartacus: "Although joking about blowing up an airplane has been a surefire guarantee to get you in trouble for decades now. You`re not allowed to yell FIRE in a crowded theater either, unless there really is a fire." - yeah, fine - when in an airport or a theatre... not when it is a comment to acquaintances and colleagues nowhere near either!
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Male 78
Outfire & p0l4r21: When amongst friends, we joke about any damned thing we drating please.

And ScottSerious - he wasnt in an airport, he wasnt even due there for another couple of days!


We really shouldnt stand for this crap... I have made a complaint to the South Yorkshire Police and will be taking this up with both my and Paul Chamber`s MP`s (like the US Senator for you yanks, that is).

If we are to live in a literal, expressionless world such as these dullard idiots think they do, then all forms of art and expression should immediately cease, for fear that anything (SIMPLY dratING ANYTHING) could be misinterpretted by anyone. Wrong type of shoes? Bad Hair Day? Wrinkled nose? Squinty eyes? Not paying attention enough?

Seriously, you really, really need to rethink your position if you agree with the police action in this case in any way, shape or form.

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Female 529
P.S. Doesn`t really matter where he said it. He`s an ass if thinks that just because it`s a tweet that makes it okay. Really, show some common sense.
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Female 529
Thought crime. Although joking about blowing up an airplane has been a surefire guarantee to get you in trouble for decades now. You`re not allowed to yell FIRE in a crowded theater either, unless there really is a fire.

In China they just execute you if you cause a major social disruption.

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Male 3,255
Damn, ya figured it out before I could post, lol.
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Male 3,255
@LazyMe484

America

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Male 5,314
yeah, people usually don`t joke about bombs in an airport for that very reason.
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Male 10,440
Hmm... my bad. I guess its not American.
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Female 1,112
"Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm."

ARE WE IN 1984??????

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Male 10,440
American anti-terrorism laws are stupid.
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Male 3,255
Sarcasm doesn`t cease to exist just because those in charge and drama queens want it too.

Sarcastically claiming to blow something and claiming to blow something up are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. Does that mean he wasn`t rather stupid to make the sarcastic comment? Of course not, but it was still JUST a sarcastic comment.

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Male 2,229
Before I opened the link, I thought it`d be the States, but nooo, it was Britain.
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Male 3,255
@howlingwolf

Yea, moving on because your opinion is actually fact OH WAIT NO ITS NOT.

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Male 1,351
Dude`s an idiot, cops are humorously but justifiably cautious, and he got a fair punishment. Moving on...
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Male 504
One group/person ruins it for everybody. The man was a drating idiot to joke about that. For all those that say this is bullpoo well what if he posted and actually did what the post said would you say the same thing? Or if someone else posted something like that and did it? Think people he may have been joking but no one really knows that but the person that is making the "joke." So this should be a lesson for all don`t be a drating idiot and claim you are going to do something of this caliber.
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Male 678
It must feel pretty good that the people in charge of Americas safety have never heard of Twitter. Plus they seem to be grasping at smoke. It`s like having Mr. Bean run Homeland Security.
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Male 524
This is why we don`t joke about blowing up airports? It sucks that people are stupid enough to believe that he was actually going to do it, but isn`t it common sense to figure that somebody is going to be an idiot and blow it out of proportion? That said, sucks that he was arrested. hope he gets his stuff back.
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Male 9,306
Yeah thought crimes. We didn`t pay attention, and now history is repeating itself.
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Male 78
SirDave80 - it is symptomatic of a civilization that warrants all individuals with the same rights regardless of their intelligence.
It would be nice to think that someone in a position of authority really have had the nouse to have just told whoever complained about this to drat the drat off. I actually expect more from Doncaster - Yorkshire is supposed to the English county known for no nonsense and common sense.
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Male 181
This is why the world is going to end. We all take poo too seriously. Eventually, we are just going to blow eachother up. Maybe that is 2012? We may never know.
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Male 78
... that person seriously. They have created this, not the tweeter. There is no justification and I don`t care how many people were hurt or killed in previous terrorist attacks... anyone who doesnt understand, really should take a moment, watch Sidney Lumet`s 12 Angry Men and grow up just a little bit!

This makes me so ficking angry!

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Male 78
This is the kind of thing that happens when, continually, the Police and (and far FAR more importantly) small minded busy-bodied individuals stick their noses in where they are not wanted or warranted... this, ladies and gentlemen, is quite literally the effect of the cyber-stasi.

Now, a tweet is a missive between friends or, at the very least, contacts. For this to have become an issue, at all, SOMEONE (some very stupid, nasty and undoubtedly utterly lonely and friendless individual) has decided to raise this to the Police at which point the Police have also then acted very stupidly. I will adding a disclaimer to all tweets, email and texts in future that if it should ever be read, in whole or part, by someone else dull enough and stupid enough to misrepresent ME in their own stupidity then I should not and cannot be held responsible. The only person in this story who should be prosecuted is the person who reported the story in the first place and the idiot that took that person se

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Female 1,283
"The civil libertarian Tessa Mayes, an expert on privacy law and free speech issues, told The Independent: `Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm.` "

Thought crime?
THOUGHT CRIME???
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?

"This just in, a white man by the name of Bob was arrested earlier today after shaking hands with Obama. Psychological expert Derpidy derp durrr said `Well, it didn`t seem right, his other hand twitched and he slightly frowned, which, in my all-knowing anything about everything, deducted he was going to murder the Pope and stick explosives up his anus to bomb an airport.` "

Wtf were they thinking!? Durrrrr!!!
Damnit all, this pisses me off >.<

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Male 35
2 things to say:

1. Free speech went out the door when terrorism became more common.
2. In this day and age, joking about something like that is NOT FUNNY.

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Male 695
Yes, because every terrorist attack is going to be announced on Twitter.
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Male 7,378
Yeah he`s dumb enough to twitter about blowing up an airport. I`m fine with his ban.
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Female 101
I don`t see why so many people are offended by a dumb joke. Yeah, The world has changed since 9/11, but with all the terrible things going on in the world you have to sit back and laugh at it once in awhile. Otherwise, you`d go insane... I even think Lewis Black said something to that effect.
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Male 7,593
the guy was dumb for doing it, but who actually looked at it and thought `you know what, i should alert the authorities`
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Male 7,933
"looks like free speech just went to hell"

Threats aren`t covered under freedom of speech

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Male 72
looks like free speech just went to hell
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Female 1,077
It isn`t "thought crime" when you say it out loud or write it on Twitter. Then it becomes a real crime, namely, making false bomb threats.

haha i was thinking that too. why can`t they just call it a `crime` and not look completely retarded?

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Male 3,842
"Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime"

It isn`t "thought crime" when you say it out loud or write it on Twitter. Then it becomes a real crime, namely, making false bomb threats.

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Male 901
A dissident among us? Thought police, to the rescue!
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Male 564
"It`s not about what they should/shouldn`t say or write. It`s about the right to say what you want!"

Authorities had no way of knowing who this man was or what his intentions were. Although he knew it was a joke and his friends knew, others who read it may not understand. It`s not like the police can just sit back and ignore such reports, because if they turned out to be legitimate, they`d look incompetent.

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Female 1,380
He`s an idiot. You don`t joke about poo like that...espically after what happened on 9/11 how dumb was he to think that no police action would be involved?!?! It`s kinda common sense.
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Male 13,624
Wow, heavy stuff indeed
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Male 1,793
Idiot..
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Male 25,416
Twas an idiot doing it!
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Male 3,255
The guy: Kinda dumb for making a joke like that in these stupid times.

The authorities: Pretty damned dumb for taking it seriously.

The retard who reported it: Has the brain of a drating slug.

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Male 1,931
@Standards - It`s not about what they should/shouldn`t say or write. It`s about the right to say what you want!
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Male 1,931
Facepalm. I hate our society of fear.
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Male 486
Hahaha, the thought police must have got him.
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Female 1,077
"Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime"

thought crime? thought crime?! IT`S 1984 FOR REAL.

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Male 343
Stupid world.
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Male 564
*freedom of speech rant*.

but seriously, at this point in time, people should know what they should and should not write about this kind of stuff

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Female 172
Link: Man Arrested After Twitter Joke Made At Airport [Rate Link] - Pretty stupid of what the guy actually wrote, but not as stupid as the stuff Fancy Tweets on iambored_com @ Twitter.
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