FYI, searching Twitter for that phrase turns up hundreds of hits, most of them talking about how either the left or right wings of this country are out to “destroy America.” I suspect the DHS will have its hands full trying to round them all up.
[UPDATE: Forbes' Kash Hill contacted the DHS, which revealed that the unlucky tourists were detained thanks to an anonymous tip, not a scan of 'the Tweeter' (though the DHS does in fact scan Twitter and other social networks for potential threats). That would explain how the DHS managed to go from a Twitter handle to a passenger name record. Sounds like somebody punk'd them but good.]
The problem with this stuff is not that the Feds want to use technology to catch bad guys. It’s that it changes the definition of “bad guy” in ways that are unacceptable in an allegedly free society.
JT = Just Tweetin’, not Jihad Terror. Hopefully the DHS will remember that, for your sake and mine.
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