Homeland Security deports tourists for Twitter jokes

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Are the feds listening to Twitter? Yes, as a British couple found out when Homeland Security locked them up when they landed in Los Angeles.

The British papers are up in arms about the detainment and deportation of Leigh Van Bryan, 26, a bar manager, and his friend Emily Banting, 24. Homeland Security read Bryan's tweets about plans to "destroy America" before he and Banting arrived in Los Angeles. Evidently, the feds aren't up on partying slang used by twenty-somethings in England, where "destroy" can also mean "party like crazy."

Both "potential terrorists" were detained for 12 hours, then shipped back home. Banting's bags were thoroughly searched for digging implements, since Bryan had quoted the Family Guy sitcom and tweeted "3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!" Homeland Security has declined to comment, so let's keep an eye out for #We'reSorry.

Jokes, friends, jokes

my God these Yanks need a lesson in British humour.

sue_atc on thesun.co.uk

The land of the free ! Unless you want to speak or write of course

sammni on dailymail.co.uk

It is actually pretty funny that they have a saved search for "Destroy America". Better watch what I say for the superbowl, don't want to talk about killing the patriots or anything...

matdwyer on news.ycombinator.com

These are terrorists?

These pair barely look capable of catching a cold together yet alone a plane....... lol

jooles on thesun.co.uk

Just a word to the wise, real terrorists/criminals wouldn't advertise their intentions on Twitter, or any other social networking site.

Rachel on dailymail.co.uk

Truthfully, I wouldn't have expected this from America, they're the kind of jokes I could imagine myself making on Twitter, but will be careful not to before future trips there.

corin_ on news.ycombinator.com

They're watching

A still tongue makes a wise head" or in their case still fingers.

dercon on thesun.co.uk

What's worse, being arrested for an innocent tweet, or the fact that the American Secret Service monitors every electronic message in the world ??

Paranoid Android on dailymail.co.uk

Good. The Americans take their border seriously, unlike the UK Immigration service, which just lets anyone in.

Peter on dailymail.co.uk

Is it comforting that Homeland Security thinks terrorists are using open accounts on Twitter to attack America? Who gets the Fail Whale here: Homeland Security, the tourists, or Twitter?

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