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DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the it's-not-like-anyone-would-miss-la dept.

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itwbennett writes "In a classic case of 'we say destroy, you say party hard,' the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security detained a pair of British twenty-somethings for 12 hours and then sent them packing back to the land of the cheeky retort. At issue is a Tweet sent by Leigh Van Bryan about plans to 'destroy America,' starting with LA, which, really, isn't that bad an idea."

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Zeig Heil (4, Insightful)

MitchDev (2526834) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872103)

herr DHS. DHS and the Patriot Act, destroying a once great nation one bit at a time.

Re:Zeig Heil (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872315)

We have been going down this road for a long time now, long before the patriot act. Remember CALEA, the act that required phone companies to give the police easy wiretapping access? How about the War on Drugs? The United States has been taking baby steps toward tyranny for decades.

Re:Zeig Heil (4, Insightful)

siddesu (698447) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872515)

You are obviously forgetting McCarthy, who was doing his best to protect America from subversive elements long before CALEA and the WoD, the incarceration of American Japanese, and who knows what else before these.

All people seem to just be born as scared-to-death xenophobes, and most just don't learn any better as they age.

Re:Zeig Heil (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872551)

If I remember correctly CALEA still requires a warrant.

Re:Zeig Heil (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872617)

"Requiring a warrant" is a joke. The FISA courts approve about 99.5 percent of requests: http://epic.org/privacy/wiretap/stats/fisa_stats.html

Re:Zeig Heil (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872687)

We may never know. The secret US Federal Security Court can issue blanket extractions at will, and does. Of course, the telcos and other services will likely give up phone records at the drop of a hat.

So we won't know, and a warrant is probably unknown whimsy anyway. I, like others, would like to believe that the principles of the US Constitution and the rule of law are incarnate, but it is not, as is proven time and again.... and not one government official is convicted for the breaches.

Re:Zeig Heil (2)

Commontwist (2452418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872451)

Nah, it's just that common sense is a superpower.

Or both. *shakes head*

What Disgusting Moderation (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872633)

+5 for this vile, lewd, disgusting hate speech? Whatever you think of the USA's policies and practices, only the most sick and twisted can compare this to Nazi Germany.

This is why I've almost left slashdot completely. The nuttiest commenters have moderators have taken over the political discourse here.

As someone who has lost relatives to the Nazis, seeing this post as "insightful" almost bring me to tears.

Death, Strife, Destruction! Film at 11: (5, Funny)

Hartree (191324) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872123)

"starting with LA, which, really, isn't that bad an idea"

Certainly has worked for a lot of movies.

But somehow, it doesn't quite rate up with Godzilla's thing for stomping Tokyo.

In other news... (4, Funny)

Scott Swezey (678347) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872141)

itwbennett, the author of this story, is now on the DHS no fly list.

Re:In other news... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872447)

itwbennett, the author of this story, is now on the DHS no fly list.

They also ticked the: 'Aways subject to full cavity search.' option.

Re:In other news... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872503)

itwbennett, the author of this story, is now on the DHS no fly list.

They also ticked the: 'Aways subject to full cavity search.' option.

Isn't that the default?

Re:In other news... (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872477)

... as is Scott Swezey

Now I'm off to destroy the Internet ...

- Bill Gates

Reactor shuts down at Illinois nuclear plant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872149)

A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down Monday after losing power, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators.

The steam contains low levels of radioactive tritium, but the levels are safe for workers and the public, federal and plant officials said.

Re:Reactor shuts down at Illinois nuclear plant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872531)

Excerpt from this article

"Officials say the steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive for of hydrogen."
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ill-nuclear-reactor-loses-power-venting-steam-15474737#.TydCK6ua46c [go.com]

Lets hope the fallout cloud lands on Chicago.

from the best coast (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872151)

may i speak for the los angelenos when i say to submitter:
go fuck yourself.

Speak for yourself (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872239)

As a "los angeleno" let me say this place could use a good purging. It is barely livable with the area simply clogged with a mass of humanity. It is amazing how bad living conditions can be and still people will stay simply because they can avoid weather...

First good job offer and I am out of here!

Re:from the best coast (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872493)

"may i speak for the los angelenos when i say to submitter:
go fuck yourself."

No, you may not. Can't you read?

I guess the DHS . . . (sunglasses) . . . (1, Funny)

Tanman (90298) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872153)

. . . destroyed their vacation

WAAAAaaaaoaooooooh!

This proves that (5, Insightful)

sofar (317980) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872167)

The terrorists have won.

Re:This proves that (5, Insightful)

synapse7 (1075571) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872343)

Wait.. which ones are the terrorists again?

Re:This proves that (4, Insightful)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872363)

You are, duh! Oh shit, so am I...

Re:This proves that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872445)

/points finger upthread... "HE's Spartacus!"

Re:This proves that (5, Insightful)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872351)

Let's check the dictionary:
1. terrorist -- a radical who employs terror as a political weapon
1..3. (other meanings) 4. terror -- the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)

So yes, your fine government matches the definition fully. Although probably telling them what this word means would make YOU labelled terrorist.

Re:This proves that (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872369)

the government also won ...

Re:This proves that (4, Insightful)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872507)

He already said that.

Re:This proves that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872405)

No they haven't. You cannot tell me that terrorists give a rats ass about how stupid we act. They just want to see our bodies laying out in the street dead shot by children that never received an education. No the "terrorists" that you refer to have not won.

However, the government pig terrorists, that like to use scare tactics to make you give up every single right we've fought for thus far. Yes, those guys are winning by making people fear the first group of terrorists. It all boils down to people having an underlying fear of dying, even though its something you really can't escape.

That's a common problem thinking that there are only two sides to every story, when in reality it's more like n-sides to the story, where (n-5) sides of the story are not that important.

Re:This proves that (2)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872549)

Of course. Everything that made America great is dead or dying, from opportunity to our freedoms. The economy is in the crapper, we're 10 years away from outright Corporate Feudalism, and it's getting harder and harder to move around this country without some ex-con TSA agent asking for your papers while telling you to drop your pants for the body cavity search.

It was good while it lasted, I guess...

Next up: (4, Funny)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872171)

People who say 'Foo_City, I am in you!' will be charged with sexual harassment of a municipality.

The next time... (1, Insightful)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872183)

America has a chance to vote for someone like George Bush Jr, please remember how much it has completely screwed the country up!

Re:The next time... (4, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872253)

Yeah, it is not like the Clinton administration contributed anything to this situation:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CALEA
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipper_chip
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Zimmerman#Criminal_investigation_by_US_Customs
  4. http://www.cybercrime.gov/cryptfaq.htm
  5. http://cryptome.org/echelon-nh.htm
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_McCaffrey#Paying_for_embedded_anti-drug_messages_in_television_shows

Re:The next time... (4, Funny)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872281)

That's why you should vote for Newt... to finish the job.

Re:The next time... (3, Insightful)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872521)

Because voting for Obama has so clearly prevented the continued erosion of freedom... yeah right.

So you get to choose between the guy that drag races towards a fascist state vs. the guy who just ambles towards one.

Re:The next time... (4, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872641)

So might as well go with the ambler.

And vote Democrat to accelerate the process? (-1, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872479)

America has a chance to vote for someone like George Bush Jr, please remember how much it has completely screwed the country up!

All Obama has done is accelerate the process.

This Twitter thing happened under his watch, he's had years to change things.

He defended the TSA detaining Rand Paul.

So vote Democrat only if you want things even worse than voting for Republicans - because in the end the only people really into fascism are liberals.

Re:And vote Democrat to accelerate the process? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872689)

> This Twitter thing happened under his watch

Are you talking about Twitter, a non-govt company, unilaterally instituting a policy to limit twits (yes, twits) by region? How is obama to blame for that?

> He defended the TSA detaining Rand Paul.

Is this a bad thing? It gives me hope that even congressmen have to live by the rules and laws that the laymen have to. If the White House came out against Rand's "detainment" (he was just turned away, not detained), you'd complain that Obama just believes that he and the rest of the lawmakers believe they are above the law

I voted for O and I feel that I've been sorely let down. But criticising him for THESE THINGS? As the kids say... REALLY? REALLY?

Still Bush? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872579)

George Bush Jr

We're coming up on four years of "hope and change" - how much longer are we going to keep giving Bush credit for the constitution shredding going on?

Given that the DHS and TSA are both under the executive branch, Barry could close them with the swipe of a pen.
Do you ever wonder why he doesn't?

Oh, just be sure to tell your local VIPR representative that Bush isn't president anymore when you get groped at the train/bus/subway station - I'm sure they'll stop immediately.

Re:The next time... (1, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872599)

That's right, despite the fact the republicans haven't had control over the government for nearly 10 years, their secret plots and alliances with evil corporations still allow them to kick 2 British guys for making a bad joke in an airport. It's not at all possible that the the 2 parties are identical in their goal: Power. And you, being able to say whatever the hell you want to doesn't help in that goal.

Re:The next time... (1)

dietdew7 (1171613) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872621)

Remind me again who has been president for the last 3 years?

Context is important (5, Informative)

vmxeo (173325) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872187)

'They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093796/British-tourists-arrested-America-terror-charges-Twitter-jokes.html [dailymail.co.uk]

Context is very important. Especially when dealing with a different culture, even though they may share a common language

Of course, as these young Brits discovered, this works both ways.

Re:Context is important (0)

Nutria (679911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872243)

So, you're saying, "It's OK because they're white and thus obviously not a threat?"

Re:Context is important (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872385)

I'm sorry. Was your reply meant for a different post?

I completely fail to understand how you came to the conclusion that he was talking about skin colour. If anything the parent is expressing the need to take someone's culture into account when making assumptions about what someone meant. This would apply equally to everyone regardless of skin colour.

I'll suggest that you were replying to the comment you wanted to see and not what was actually written.

Re:Context is important (5, Insightful)

vmxeo (173325) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872429)

So, you're saying, "It's OK because they're white and thus obviously not a threat?"

No, I'm saying absent any contextual information, 140 characters can be widely interpreted as different things by a global audience. An audience who subconsciously fill in the context based upon their own individual culture, background, beliefs, ideas, worldview, etc.

Happens both in Tweets and in Slashdot posts.

Re:Context is important (2)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872545)

No, we are saying it's OK because they weren't carrying any plutonium, and were obviously not a threat for that and a million other reasons. Besides that, she is kind of hot, and if she wants to "destroy" me, I'll give her a shot.

Re:Context is important (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872695)

obviously not a threat

That's a judgment. Judgment leads to bias. Bias leads to lawsuits and getting fired. So, err on the side of caution.

Re:Context is important (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872297)

Down modded because Daily Mail

Re:Context is important (5, Funny)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872473)

Indeed - one of my best friends is a Brit - when her brother came over here, the first thing he said after giving her a big hug was "God, I could murder a fag right now".*.. he got some strange looks.

*- A colloquialism for "I really need a cigarette" seeing as he'd been on a plane for 7 hours... needless to say, she had to quickly explain to him that this means "kill a gay person" in America.

Re:Context is important (2, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872607)

she had to quickly explain to him that this means "kill a gay person" in America.

He already knew.

Moot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872189)

Not really sure how they can "destroy America" when it already self-destructed with the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act on October 26, 2001.

Silly Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872203)

Mohhamad bin terrorist, hates america, hates apple pie, motherhood, et al. He has his twitter page, emblazoned with I will destroy america, and his facebook page full of Allah hates infidels, and infidel america must die. He gets in and in the lest effective case of suicide bombing kills himself, and a tourist asking for directions.

When all the hand wringing and how did this happen starts to occur, is anyone going to ask why we let someone full of "I will destroy America", into this country, and wont Immigration, Customs, TSA, and DHS get the blame?

I, for one, am happy they took it seriously (4, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872207)

Given rampant celebrity corpse theft [wikipedia.org] , you can't really be too cautious when investigating a tweet about a plot to steal Marilyn Monroe's remains. Kudos for defending our dead actors, DHS!

Morbo beware.. (1)

Billlagr (931034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872229)

So Morbo, the green giant headed newsreading monster, should be careful with his 'I WILL DESTROY YOU'..it might get him deported.

Hrmm (1)

acehole (174372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872251)

Of course the terrorists haven't won.

Why doesn't the average American see that the freedoms they hold so dearly and supposedly separates them from the "terrorists!" have been eroded and continue to be? I thought the whole 'war on terrorism' thing was defending the American way of life and upholding freedoms. Doesn't seem to me that it was a 'mission accomplished'.

Re:Hrmm (3, Insightful)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872397)

"Arrogant xenophobia" is a way of life too, you insensitive clod.

I'm not convinced we have the whole story (5, Insightful)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872271)

According to the New York Times report [nytimes.com] on this subject:

Information gathered during this interview revealed that both individuals were inadmissible to the United States and were returned to their country of residence.

That's the government talking. But they don't say that it was the Twitter posts themselves that rendered the two "inadmissible." They say it was "information gathered during this interview." Presumably the people interviewed repeated many times that it was all a joke, they didn't mean it, etc., so it seems unlikely that the "information gathered" was anything that was said. It seems totally possible, though, that there was something else that flagged them to be blocked at the border during the interview (for example, they had prior drug convictions).

Re:I'm not convinced we have the whole story (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872345)

One of the stories mentioned that during the interview, it was ascertained that the guy was gay. That must be it.

No, the DHS really is that jackbooted, and "inadmissible" is merely their attempt at newspeak [wikipedia.org] , to cover their own arses.

Re:I'm not convinced we have the whole story (1)

joe_frisch (1366229) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872467)

I hope that the news media follows up on this and we find out if it is as outrageous as it sounds.

Re:I'm not convinced we have the whole story (2)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872487)

I'm just going out on a limb here, but making as assumption that the information would have meant jack shit in any other situation - except that these fellows got on some bureaucrat's bad side. Not much worse than giving a middle manager that wants to flex nuts the opportunity to do so.

Too bad, to. Wasn't there just some big political hoopla about making America the world's choice vacation destination? Hey, I hear China is beautiful this time of year - and you're really not any more likely to get arrested for things you post on the internet!

Re:I'm not convinced we have the whole story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872609)

Wasn't there just some big political hoopla about making America the world's choice vacation destination?

Yeah, the slogan goes, "Visit the US before the US visits you!"

Re:I'm not convinced we have the whole story (3, Informative)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872681)

Bryan's charge sheet read: "During secondary examination Mr Bryan was placed under oath and his sworn statement was taken by CBP Officer Wahmann. Mr Bryan confirmed that he had posted on his Tweeter website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe.

"Also on his tweeter account Mr Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America."

No sign of any other reasons.

Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (0, Troll)

penix1 (722987) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872285)

First off, making jokes like that are without taste and quite dangerous in airports especially ones to the US. They post signs all over about it. Anyone stupid enough to joke like that should be sent packing given the number of attempts made post 9/11. If they don't take it seriously, and it turns out to be a valid threat, then the press would have a field day with DHS. Stupid is how I see these people...

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872355)

Umm, if I understand correctly, they were tweeting this stuff not shouting it out in the airport.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872373)

Uh, they weren't in an airport. But do enjoy your straw man.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (5, Insightful)

Zelucifer (740431) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872383)

The jokes in question were not made in the airport. They were made much earlier, while still in Britain. DHS just ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. The inability to confirm whether "destroy" is British slang, or that the other tweet in question was a Family Guy quote is absurd.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872661)

... the other tweet in question was a Family Guy quote ...

Ah, copyright infringement. No wonder they were kicked out.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (5, Interesting)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872403)

They were not joking about it.
It is slang.
They were clearly stating something and were very serious about it (the intent to party hard).
Just the other guys don't understand the language.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (3, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872417)

Yes, we cannot be too careful when it comes to watching what we say -- the Stasi are always listening! Someone might report you, and then you'll be in for a world of hurt, because you said something they did not like.

Hrm? Oh, right, there is no Stasi anymore. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to demand that everyone watch their mouths because the government might be watching.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

SilverJets (131916) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872433)

Tweeting to your friends that you are going to party hard in LA (destroy being British slang) is nowhere near the same thing as yelling fire in a crowded theatre or today's equivalent of saying "bomb" while on an airplane or in an airport.

It seems the terrorist truly have one. America lost its sense of humour somewhere in the past 10 years.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

SilverJets (131916) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872449)

err....won not one.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

chrismcb (983081) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872469)

First off, making jokes like that are without taste

I'm curious, is it tasteful to say "lets paint the town red?" That is essentially what they tweeted. She tweeted something 3 weeks prior, and he twitted a week prior.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

dietdew7 (1171613) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872657)

"Paint the town red" is that code for something nefarious comrade?

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872685)

She tweeted something 3 weeks prior, and he twitted a week prior.

How did the zealous customs agent know what they had tweeted? Are there people with nothing more constructive to do than scan passenger lists and scour the intertubes for their twitter moniker and peruse what they have tweeted in the past?
I wonder how many terrorists that technique has caught!
Oh, right, these two...

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (3, Insightful)

gweihir (88907) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872501)

Forbidding jokes is one of the hallmarks of a repressive regime. Actually a pretty good indicator. Seems this time the US is ignoring history. In the past the price to pay for that was always extreme.

Les face it, there is no need for terrorists anymore, the US is right on the path to hell. A pity.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (5, Insightful)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872571)

Really?

First: It was a tweet.
Second: It was a joke. When did we get such a stick up our ass that making a joke is cause for arrest and deportation?
Third: Airports are not dangerous. Flying is not dangerous. Taking our national security too seriously though - that to me as a freedom loving American - is downright terrifying. Once the tools are in place, they will be used. They will be abused, and it is *damned* hard to get rid of them.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1, Insightful)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872581)

Dear Penis1,

... you are a moron.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872631)

If they don't take it seriously, and it turns out to be a valid threat, then the press would have a field day with DHS.

You can't be serious. No terrorist is stupid enough to announce what will they do before doing it. Joking about it might be stupid, but saying stupid things is still protected by free speech.

Re:Joking about this is the height of stupidity. (3, Interesting)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872635)

In British English, "I'm going to destroy LA" can be taken to mean "I'm going to party my ass off and see/do everything possible"...

If I said "I'm dying for a cigarette" would you immediately put me on suicide watch or would you recognize the cultural meaning of "I really need a cigarette"? In British parlance, they'd say "I could murder a fag" (fag means cigarette there, and the usage of "destroy" or "murder" can mean "ravenously consume"

It's cultural context here...

They weren't doing the equivalent of saying "I'm going to bring a bomb on this plane, ha ha ha" they were saying they were ready to go party and have a great time "painting the town red".

Let's all hate americans and love one another. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872295)

Seriously as far as comments on the USA go those aren't even confrontational.

What must they do to people that comment negatively on american foreign policy?
Of course I've long felt that quoting family guy should be a crime, so I'm not sure how I feel about this.
If you quote the new seekers song from the coke advert do they search you for a tuning fork incase you aim to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony?

Another Silly Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872305)

He mentions destroying LA, does his twitter page also talk about how wasted and or high he planned on getting while partying. The official reason is that the believed he intended to commit crimes, could it be a drug reference, and he is going with the silliest possible reason why they didnt let him in?

Everyone in the USA feel safer? (1)

SilverJets (131916) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872311)

I know I would.

Re:Everyone in the USA feel safer? (5, Funny)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872387)

We cannot be too careful, I hear that those Brits are planning something for the War of 1812 bicentennial. This time, not only will they burn down the white house, but they will also steal our celebrities' remains!

Re:Everyone in the USA feel safer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872457)

Would!? What's wrong with you!? Clearly, THE WHOLE COUNTRY was saved by the righteous, valiant actions of the DHS.

Two Brits prevented from destroying America. If those dangerous british terrorists had thought to bring just one more dangerous british terrorist, they'd have been unstoppable.

Right now, our entire country would be a smoking ruin. I cannot help but feel orders of magnitude more safe with the department of Ho's and Simpletons on watch.

Alarming (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872327)

The US is fast on track to be earth's most totalitarian society.

Slow and steady wins the race. (3, Interesting)

mosb1000 (710161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872683)

I don't think I'd say that. It's been in the works for almost 100 years now. The fast track has been tried in other countries, and it hasn't turned out to be sustainable in the long run. I think they're hoping that if they do it more slowly it will work better.

Thought-Police (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872337)

I think I get it now: The whole TSA is a training-ground for the upcoming thought-police. Makes perfect sense. Next step: Establish new-speak.

Weeks before trip (5, Insightful)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872347)

A critical detail absent from the summary is that these tweets took place weeks before their trip -- they weren't done at the airport. So whereas previously one could not make a joke at the airport, now one may not make a joke anywhere, anytime.

Re:Weeks before trip (4, Insightful)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872583)

An even more interesting thing is that they actually look up Twitter posts for random travelers entering U.S. I wonder if I'm gonna have troubles next time I cross the border, given that I've had a bunch of anti-TSA posts in my G+ stream.

Laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872353)

I'm sure it's just the alcohol abuse and jet lag but they look mentally retarded.

First POST for GB (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872357)

The brits may have been kicked off a plane, but they got a frosty here on slashdot!

Re:First POST for GB (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872459)

Does the bloke qualify as a brit given that he's irish? The yanks surely know about Irish terrorism, having funded so much of it.

All your base are belong to us. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872391)

I think the America took over your Internet. ;-)

There. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872407)

Now that we don't have any freedoms, maybe the terrorists will stop hating us.

This just makes Americans look timid and stupid (1)

kawabago (551139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872415)

Maybe that is what they have become.

Digging up Marilyn Monroe = Tricky... (0)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872441)

Considering Monroe's buried in a crypt and not in a grave, there would be no need to bring spades.

Sure, it's one of the more obscure bits to get upset at the TSA over, but geeze, let's not bother doing ANY legwork here!

It's never too late ..... (1)

qqe0312 (1350695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872471)

to make yourself completely ridiculous.

Slang? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872499)

Is DHS so naive that they really believe they're cool enough to understand the slang of some British twenty-somethings?! Those kids probably meant it in the same way that I meant: "We're going to to tear this town UP!" when I landed in Vegas.

stupid people get the stupid treatment (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38872523)

I must be old or something, because when I read this story I laughed and thought these two Brits had brought it down on their own heads. They acted like retards, and got sent packing over it. Friggin Twitter twats. Jesus.

So I guess now I can say (1)

Howard Beale (92386) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872561)

I'm gonna get stoned on a cruise ship...

Ah, the DHS. (2)

Commontwist (2452418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872653)

Created from fear, taught by fear, knows only fear.

Seriously, if the DHS don't have the wits to figure out the quote was from a popular cartoon from their own country and that 'destroy' is well known slang for 'party down the house' (which also sounds semi-evil. dun dun dun) from the country the Twitter user is coming from then the DHS have more problems than terrorists to worry about. Or rather, the USA does given they've been giving this new dept a bit too much of a leash.

Seriously, DHS and TSA were bad, bad ideas and mostly created to give voters the illusion that Bush was Doing Something. Well, he did something all right but not for the better from what I've been hearing.

A strong sign of incompetence (1)

danielcolchete (1088383) | more than 2 years ago | (#38872667)

Look, when the best they can do is this it means that they are not doing anything else good. Really, someone inside though: "Finally something for me to work on!".

I dont like Venezuela because there is a guy there that if you piss him off then you are in trouble, you know, like a dictator. I guess the US is not going a path that is so different. Someone doesn't like your twitter joke and you are in trouble? Oh man... It is really bad.

But I think that the DOJ is even worse than the DHS. They don't seem to work by any law, and they think of no other consequence in name of stopping piracy. So, the DOJ is really the record labels, a small group of people in power of the whole population. Another sign of dictatorship. I really wish the US will get more democratic soon...

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