Via Twatter: #twitterarrest
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When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers’s travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by tapping out a comment to amuse his friends. “Robin Hood airport is closed,” he wrote. “You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”
Obviously a statement of grave intent. Not.
Unfortunately for Mr Chambers, the police didn’t see the funny side. A week after posting the message on the social networking site, he was arrested under the Terrorism Act and questioned for almost seven hours by detectives who interpreted his post as a security threat. After he was released on bail, he was suspended from work pending an internal investigation, and has, he says, been banned from the Doncaster airport for life.
Think about that.
On 13 January, after apparently receiving a tip-off from a member of the public, police arrived at Mr Chambers’ office.
A week after a comment was posted on Twitter. Pigs turn up at your workplace. After a tip-off by a member of the public total fucking cunt. You’re arrested, DNA taken, interrogated for 7 hours and suspended from your job. Oh and they’ve got your laptop, your PC and your phone.
He has been bailed until 11 February, when he will be told whether or not he will be charged with conspiring to create a bomb hoax. In the interim, detectives have confiscated his iPhone, laptop and home computer.
You may be familiar with the feeling of dread one experiences on wondering if that speed camera you only saw at the last minute got you. 14 days to wait until you know one way or the other.
For all you know, the comment that’s going to see you arrested tomorrow is a throw-away remark you posted last Tuesday. Have you called Sunny Hundal a cunt? Said you’d like to rip off Gordon Brown’s head and shit down his neck? Listen for the door bell, now. And you’d better hope the pigs’ fishing expedition on your hard-drives doesn’t find anything dodgy.
WHAT THE FUCK HAS HAPPENED TO MY COUNTRY?
WHAT ARE THE FUCKING POLICE FOR?
WHY ARE WE ALL HEMMED IN SO BY A BIRDS NEST OF LEGAL TRIPWIRES