Two 20-somethings arriving from the U.K. learned a harsh lesson about the American government’s sense of humor on Monday, Jan. 23, when they were detained and then forced to return home due to comments they made on Twitter.
This gives you an idea of what the government is monitoring.
What boggles my mind is this… How the hell did they catch that one single tweet?
I have to assume that they have some giant super computer that is filtering them all and flagging stuff, but it seems like some immense amount of money must be going into the inevitable human part of the loop where someone actually decides what’s a threat and what isn’t.
Seems like they’d have to have a freaking army of folks reading tweeter (sic) posts all day.
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Sorry, didn’t mean to be dismissive. All or at least most of that stuff is information sent by your browser as part of http requests and will be collected in the normal course of business in web server logs.
I can definitely seen how it would be a bit disconcerting at first exposure. The web, and the internet in general, feels far more anonymous than it actually is.
I’m kind of wondering from the mispelled (“tweeter”) paperwork if it was a case of the customs people actually seeing what he was typing or something.
EDIT: No, evidently it was because of a (very obviously jokey) post some time earlier about catching up with friends before he left to go destroy America. Evidently all posting in Internet Public should now respect the mirrored sunglasses of TSA’s stalwart terror-fighters.
I agree with the government in this case. Those two could have been sleeper agents or clandestine operatives. Their attempt to blend in as trashy Amerophile chavs was almost perfect. However, they got one telling detail so very, very, wrong. Anyone who truly loves America knows that our little Candle in the Wind is not buried. She is at Westwood Memorial and she is in a crypt. Tell everyone how you know this, Playboy fans.