Tuesday, 11 May 2010

UK's police must need to increase their anti-terrorism statistics

Modern police forces around the world have targets to achieve across the issues that most concern the public or, more importantly, the want-to-be-seen-to-be-tough politicians.

One of these targets must be dealing with terrorism. How else can one explain why police would prosecute this case?
A British man who said on Twitter that he would blow up an airport if his flight was delayed by snow was convicted on Monday of sending a threatening message and made to pay STG1,000 ($A1,646).
Who did he send the Twitter to? Only those people who follow him, which they chose to do. It's hardly a public threat.
Paul Chambers, 26, insisted his post on the micro-blogging site was a joke. But a judge at Doncaster Magistrates' Court in northern England found him guilty of sending an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message over a public telecommunications network.

District Judge Jonathan Bennett said the message "was of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live." He ordered Chambers to pay the fine and court costs.
The message is not a sign of the "menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live"...the judgement is! How pathetic.
Chambers was arrested in January after he posted the message saying he would blow up Robin Hood Airport near the large town of Doncaster "sky high" if his flight, due to leave in a week's time, was delayed.

Chambers, from Doncaster, said he made the post when the airport was closed by snow and he feared his travel plans would be disrupted.

"It did not cross my mind that Robin Hood would ever look at Twitter or take it seriously because it was innocuous hyperbole," he said.

An airport employee came across the tweet a few days later, but security staff there decided it was not a credible bomb threat. Nevertheless, they passed the message on to police. Chambers was arrested two days before his flight was due to leave.
How did the airport employee come across the tweet? Kudos to the security staff who used more than two brain cells and worked out it was not a credible threat.
Chambers, who lost his job at a car distribution firm after his arrest, said he was considering an appeal.
This should send a chill down people's spines. The guy lost his job because of a joke tweet? What sort of place has the UK become?
News of the conviction sent a ripple of outrage across the Twittersphere, with some users retransmitting the message: "This absurd judgement is enough to make me want to blow up Robin Hood airport"
Everyone with access to Twitter should be sending messages like the one above.

I can't get over how insane this situation is. The bloke lost his job becasue of a joke! That's unbelievable.

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4 comments:

Kaboom said...

Jack Lac, good to see ya back!

Typical poor form:

"This should send a chill down people's spines. The guy lost his job because of a joke tweet? What sort of place has the UK become?

What sort of place has Australia become?

What about the out-of-context Tweet that cost Catherine Deveny her job?

See Andrew Bolt's Blog for a Conservative dog-whistle attack.

Conservative hypocrisy is unbounded...

Jack Lacton said...

Now, Kaboom, I know you're tongue in cheek about Deveny.

Her tweets, out of context or not, came well past her use-by date as a social commentator.

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