Never fear, cowering citizens of Los Angeles. The Department of Homeland Security is here to keep you safe . . . from wise-cracking British tourists with a penchant for gossip.
According to BoingBoing, DHS paperwork shows that one Leigh Van Bryan was matched to the agency’s “One Day Lookout” program–a computer-generated list, typically used to monitor individuals on the official terror watch list–based on a couple tweets about his impending trip to L.A.. Upon arrival, Mr. Bryan was placed under oath, denied entry, and deported back to the U.K.
The reason? Joke tweets about digging up Marilyn Monroe’s grave and 1,000 percent sincere plans to destroy America.
“[He wrote] on his tweeter[sic] website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe,” DHS officials wrote on his charge sheet. “Also on his tweeter[sic] account Mr. Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America.”
Mr. Bryan, of course, had a different explanation for his terrorizing tweeter.
“Interviewed by highly-respected British newspapers such as The Sun and The Daily Mail, Leigh Van Bryan says that the tweet — “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America” — referred merely to partying. Added a friend: “He would not hurt anyone. He is gay.”
I mean we’re already being idiotic, might as well add gross generalizations to the mix.