Two British tourists were arrested by the Department of Homeland Security and denied entry to the country after posting two tweets that were apparently considered terrorist threats by overzealous agents who did not posses even rudimentary knowledge of the difference between British and American English.
Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were detained and kept in a cell, occupied with Mexican drug dealers, for over 12 hours.
The tweets that caused their detention as possible terrorists were so obviously non threatening that the fact that agents tasked with protecting our country would not see this shows just how far down the police state hole America has actually gone.
The Daily Mail and others recently reported on this insane series of events:
“Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to ‘destroy America’ and ‘dig up Marilyn Monroe’.
“Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.
“The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: ‘Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America’.
“After making their way through passport control at Los Angeles International Airport [LAX] last Monday afternoon the pair were detained by armed guards.
“Despite telling officials the term ‘destroy’ was British slang for ‘party,’ they were held on suspicion of planning to ‘commit crimes’ and had their passports confiscated.
The pair was also questioned over another tweet that one of them posted which quoted, word for word, a skit from the popular animated show, Family Guy.
The tweet above caused the DHS agents to search the pairs suitcases for spades and shovels.
That’s right, the agency tasked with protecting Americans spent hours searching a non threatening pair over tweets that quoted a popular TV show while any number of real terrorists could have easily slipped by. (Real terrorists most likely do not publicly tweet what they are about to do)
The agents, apparently happy over detaining innocent people, repeatedly ignored the fact that in Britain the use of the word destroy generally means to party.
‘I kept saying to them they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me “you’ve really f***** up with that tweet boy”.
‘When I was in the van I was handcuffed and put in a cage. I had a panic attack but the worse was yet to come.
‘When we arrived at the prison I was shoved in a cell on my own but after an hour two huge Mexican men covered in tattoos came in and started asking me who I was.
Sadly, as the Department of Homeland Security continues their full scale takeover and destruction of the American spirit, ridiculous cases such as this will only increase.