Two British Tourists Denied Entry Into U.S. for Twitter Jokes

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Someone needs to give the U.S. Customs Department a lesson in Humour 101.

Last Monday, two British tourists were denied entry into Los Angeles after one of them said on Twitter that he was going to "dig up Marilyn Monroe" and "destroy America" in two separate tweets. (The latter tweet was apparently British slang for partying.)

The pair, Leigh Van Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting, told the Daily Mail that agents from the Department of Homeland Security searched their luggage for spades and shovels on the assumption that Bryan was serious about digging up the body of our famed, white-clad starlet. Customs then held them in a detention facility overnight before sending them back to the U.K.

Given the propensity for revolutions and social unrest to develop on social media, it should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that the federal government is monitoring Twitter. It has even gone so far as to seek help from tech developers to build a social-media monitoring application.

After the incident became public, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement to the New York Times which read in part:

CBP denies entry to thousands of individuals each year on grounds of inadmissibility, some of which include: improper travel documents, prohibited activities or intent, [...] posing as an imposter, and national security concerns, among others.

Apparently, "national security concerns" can include a general, joking tweet. DHS agents are also apparently too technologically illiterate to realize that a) people make jokes, and b) anyone who was really, actually planning to "destroy America" would likely not be dumb enough to use those exact words in a public Internet forum.

So remember, next time you're at the airport, maybe don't make that joke about wanting to kill everyone in front of you on the security line. It might actually land you in jail.

[keyana.stevens@keyanastevens]

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Aimable61
Aimable61

Be smart enough not to make stupid comments. "Destroy America?!" Really? WTF you think is gonna happen? Dumb Ass!

Fionntheas
Fionntheas

My God, these incompetent idiots knew that there was going to be a serious terrorist attack with aeroplanes in August '01, and nonetheless let it happen, and now they deport people for jokes!!! You guys have a serious democracy problem......

Heather Bowler
Heather Bowler

This seriously bothers me, so now our social media is no longer just social?  It uses our comments and such as a way or means to refuse us our rights?  Think we've gone a bit far on this.

eFarther
eFarther

I guess freedom of speech only applies to bureaucrats. Gotta love the double standard. Assholes.

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Land of the thief home of the slave the grand imperial guard where the dollar is sacred and power is god.

scallywag
scallywag

Of course one has to wonder, if these two were foolish and stupid enough to acknowledge a legitimate desire to ‘destroy’ America wouldn’t authorities have come across a couple of surface to air missiles in Ms Banting’s handbag? Then again, for someone who has spent a considerable time in the UK, the term ‘destroy’ is often used as an affectionate adjective to party the town. Not that you would know if haven’t spent time in the UK. Yep, Dept of Homeland Security outdoing itself once again....

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sengsooo
sengsooo

Sometime you just gotta wonder, whos your daddy!Total-Privacy dot US

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash

As if that bloke doesn't have enough problems by having a girl's name.

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