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British Tourists Arrested For Tweets of Terror

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Heather Callaghan
Prisonplanet.com
February 1, 2012

Homeland Security is making more enemies after seizing two British tourists over ridiculously misconstrued tweets. Leigh Van Bryan, age 26, tweeted to a friend that he was free to talk before he was going to “destroy” America. He was excited to visit Hollywood and perform the British slang “destroy,” which is to party hard and “get trashed.”

For federal agents to detain and arrest him and his travel companion, Emily Banting, is akin to raiding someone because they used the term “hit-up a friend’s house.” His other tweet in question was: “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!” This was only an out-of-context quote from TV comedy Family Guy, nothing more. But it was enough for agents to tear apart and search their luggage looking for literal shovels.

“It’s just so ridiculous it’s almost funny but at the time it was really scary,” Bryan said. “The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist.”

Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of the nightmare for the two “terror suspects.”

DHS sets up false accounts and scans for “sensitive” words to track the offenders. Byran had been tracked and flagged by them. The pair made it through Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport’s passport control but were then seized by armed guards for planning to “commit crimes.”

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This article was posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 4:04 am





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