19 January 2010

Twitter thought-crime: Arrrrggghhhh!


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!!"

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. "I would never have thought, in a thousand years....

George is in a complete and utter state of shock at this example. How is this possible? Thought-crime is on the rise and we have to do everything possible to prevent this from happening again. Without free-thought we are robots. Easily programmed, easily influenced, easily the worst case of thought-policing, ever. I think (freely).

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