OK, if you are visiting US soon, becareful of what you post on Twitter. (I guess the same applies to Facebook, Blog and other social network) Cause the over paranoid Department of Homeland Security are monitoring the social network for “potential threats” and I guess they don’t really know how Social Media works.
Leigh Van Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting were handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles. The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat after discovering 2 tweets from him prior to his visit to US. They were denied entry and put on a flight back to UK the next day.
You might be wondering, what dangerous stuff did he tweet before his journey. Well, the tweets are:
Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?
3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA pissing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!
And I’m not even surprised that someone at Department of Homeland Security took those tweet seriously. This is not the first time we are seeing this and this will not be the last time we are going to see this. In 2010, a UK guy was fined £1,000 by magistrates court for Tweeting “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”
I seriously think that all these Government agencies should employ people who understand how social media works to monitor the social networks. Actually, you don’t really need social media savvy people. You just need people with common sense. A terrorist will not tweet about his plan to destroy a country and digging someone’s grave openly in the public.
Use your brains people…..
And you know what’s the most funny thing about this entire incident? The Federal agents searching the guy’s suitcase to look for spades and shovels. Dudes, Marilyn Monroe was interred in a crypt at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. There is nothing to dig.