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UK Man Arrested For Terrorism Over Twitter Joke

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This guy is/was stupid to say something like this, especially in this day and age. :eek:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...m-Act-for-Doncaster-airport-Twitter-joke.html

    Man Arrested Under Terrorism Act for Doncaster Airport Twitter Joke

    A man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and issued with a life ban from Doncaster's airport after joking on Twitter that he would blow it "sky high" if his flight was delayed.

    Paul Chambers made the comment on January 6 after snowfall threatened to delay his plans to travel to Ireland on January 15.

    "Robin Hood airport is closed," he wrote. "You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"

    But while most of his friends enjoyed the joke, someone clearly didn't and alerted the police, who arrived on Mr Chambers' doorstep on January 13.

    "My first thought upon hearing it was the police was that perhaps a member of my family had been in an accident," 26-year-old Mr Chambers told The Independent.

    "Then they said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me."

    He was arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of conspiring to create a bomb hoax and taken into police custody where he was questioned for seven hours.

    "I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it. Then they asked all about my home life, and how work was going, and other personal things," he said.

    "The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and saying, 'It is the world we live in'."

    Mr Chambers was eventually released on bail until February 11 pending further inquiries. His Twitter post was deleted and his laptop, iPhone and home computer seized.

    He is thought to be the first person in this country to have been arrested for comments on Twitter, although cases have been reported in the United States.

    "I would never have thought, in a thousand years, that any of this would have happened because of a Twitter post," he said. "I'm the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine."

    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.

    "The police's actions seem laughable and suggest desperation in their efforts to combat terrorism, yet they have serious repercussions for all of us. In a democracy, our right to say what we please to each other should be non-negotiable, even on Twitter."

    A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "A male was arrested on 13 January for comments made on a social networking site. He has been bailed pending further investigations."

    A Robin Hood airport spokesman said it fully supported the police action. "Comments made threatening airport safety are taken extremely seriously at all times," a spokesman said.
     
  2. liquidrage

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    HaHa that's absolutely hilarious...Gotta love the new era of paranoid living. I can't stand going to the airport. I used to wear clothes and have to strip down,removing shoes and belt etc then walk around in my socks with jeans hanging below my ass. These days I just say F-that and show up to my flight in my boxers wearing a snuggy and my fuzzy bed slippers. I have the brown snuggy so if anyone gives me sh!t I just pretend I'm a Tibetan monk
     
  3. johntan09

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    holy cow..
     
  4. judson

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    I used to be a road warrior, and most of the time, I used to like setting off the alarms with my steel capped boots.

    No more. Can happily live without body cavity searches. :)
     
  5. Ninja250

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    LMAO ... I live in Doncaster :)

    Dare me to post it on my twitter? LOL
     
  6. gimme4free

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    Get everyone to start posting it up, see how many people they think they can control :p
     
  7. truboy

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    Oh god ! tweeting humorously is also a crime !
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  8. trystanys

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    You should consider shaving and changing the hair style man.