Homeland Security Arrests Brit Tourists For ‘Dangerous’ Tweets
'Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?'
'3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!'
These tweets are what got two British tourists detained overnight by Homeland Security, who searched their bags for shovels and spades in an attempt to foil a desecration of Marilyn Monroe's grave.
The offending tweeter was Lee Van Bryan, who was locked up with Mexican drug smugglers. Says his travel pal, Emily Banting:
'The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh's tweet. They wanted to know what we were going to do. They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party. I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe. I couldn't believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show.'
The sheer level of stupidity on display here is amazing. Yes, Bryan seems sort of like a douchebag, but whatever - as of now there are no laws regulating dbags in this country. The overreaction by Homeland Security is so shocking that I have to assume there's another level to this story. Was Bryan previously on a watchlist for drug smuggling? Some other crime? He can't have been kicked out of the country for tweets that are so obviously jokes/slang, could he?
Here's the documents from his bouncing, should you question the event happened:
This is what a police state looks like... and it's really, really humorless.