September 14, 2012, 2:22 AM —
During a video chat, Barrett Brown was arrested by Dallas County Sheriff's Office and FBI personnel, and turned over to the FBI.
During a chat available now on YouTube, Barrett Brown was arrested on Wednesday just hours after releasing an earlier video allegedly threatening FBI agent Robert Smith. Stating Agent Smith was harassing his mother, Brown said, “Robert Smith's life is over,” and later, “I'm not saying I'm going to kill him, but I am going to ruin his life and look into his f***ing kids.”
Barrett's home had been raided in March and his laptop confiscated. Initially placed in the Dallas County Jail, Barrett was picked up by the FBI Thursday morning and taken to an undisclosed location. A law firm that had worked with Barrett in the past is looking for a local lawyer to get involved.
Is this legal?
Sorry, no sympathy here. "Anonymous" loves to attack people they disagree with, "SWAT" them, DDoS them, break things, steal things, etc. Associate with people like that, and the cops are going to come through your door one day.
jnojr on wired.com
Threatening someone is not covered by the First Amendment. Never has been, never will be. Saying you will "shoot and kill" someone isn't protected speech, nor should it be.
sarahsue14 on wired.com
He seemed legit at first, but it became clear pretty quickly that he thinks a lot of himself, and seems to suffer from delusions.
yahoo-3AF5SCWG6Y5SYOR472VTEJ52QM on wired.com
In all probability, the FBI did harass his mother. They are known for being very craven about that sort of thing. I don't condone threats, but that doesn't make the FBI any less sheisty.
French Toast on huffingtonpost.com
Brown has admitted heroin addiction in the past. Many believe making YouTube videos threatening FBI agents happens only under the influence.