The lunatics truly are running the assylum.

#1
I really despair for my once great country. :x The terrorists have already won with the authorities chasing their own tails.

A man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and issued with a life ban from Doncaster's airport after joking on Twitter that he would blow it "sky high" if his flight was delayed.

Paul Chambers made the comment on January 6 after snowfall threatened to delay his plans to travel to Ireland on January 15.

"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!!"

But while most of his friends enjoyed the joke, someone clearly didn't and alerted the police, who arrived on Mr Chambers' doorstep on January 13.

"My first thought upon hearing it was the police was that perhaps a member of my family had been in an accident," 26-year-old Mr Chambers told The Independent.

"Then they said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me."

He was arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of conspiring to create a bomb hoax and taken into police custody where he was questioned for seven hours.

"I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it. Then they asked all about my home life, and how work was going, and other personal things," he said.

"The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and saying, 'It is the world we live in'."

Mr Chambers was eventually released on bail until February 11 pending further enquiries. His Twitter post was deleted and his laptop, iPhone and home computer seized.

He is thought to be the first person in this country to have been arrested for comments on Twitter, although cases have been reported in the United States.

"I would never have thought, in a thousand years, that any of this would have happened because of a Twitter post," he said. "I'm the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine."

The civil libertarian Tessa Mayes, an expert on privacy law and free speech issues, told The Independent: "Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm.

"The police's actions seem laughable and suggest desperation in their efforts to combat terrorism, yet they have serious repercussions for all of us. In a democracy, our right to say what we please to each other should be non-negotiable, even on Twitter."

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "A male was arrested on 13 January for comments made on a social networking site. He has been bailed pending further investigations."

A Robin Hood airport spokesman said it fully supported the police action. "Comments made threatening airport safety are taken extremely seriously at all times," a spokesman said.
The Times
 
#2
"The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and saying, 'It is the world we live in'."
The lead 'investigator' is, apparently, a brainless apparatchik, as are the people above him who sanctioned this.

I repeat my standard comment;

Is there no one with a brain in the hierachy?

J.F.W.

Edited to add. This is the ANSWER. Save money disband GCHQ/SIS/Green Slime et al. simply monitor Facebook/Twitter etc.
This can then be outsourced to the sub-continent. Simples.

<fx watches post box for CBE>
 
#3
Kill a kid and walk, make a joke, and the thought police are out to get you,I was warned about taking Photographs last year at the Gurkha Demo, wearing a regimental Blazer, medals,beret with "Motto" An obvious member of a terrorist organisation
 
#4
tropper66 said:
Kill a kid and walk, make a joke, and the thought police are out to get you,I was warned about taking Photographs last year at the Gurkha Demo, wearing a regimental Blazer, medals,beret with "Motto" An obvious member of a terrorist organisation
Death or Glory? Clearly a trainee suicide bomber. :D
 
#5
At the same time profiling of potential terroists is deemed to violiate their privacy-so when an aircraft is blown up by a single male aged between 20 and 40 and (most likely) of middle eastern or african appearance I'll know the victims died with their killer's privacy intact.

EL-AL profile all thier passengers and as such are rated the safest airline to fly with from a security point of view
 
#6
tropper66 said:
Kill a kid and walk, make a joke, and the thought police are out to get you,I was warned about taking Photographs last year at the Gurkha Demo, wearing a regimental Blazer, medals,beret with "Motto" An obvious member of a terrorist organisation
I fear that in the NuLabour world the "one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter" has been so twisted as to be applied to us.
 
#7
PE4rocks said:
This is the ANSWER. Save money disband GCHQ/SIS/Green Slime et al. simply monitor Facebook/Twitter etc.
This can then be outsourced to the sub-continent. Simples.

<fx watches post box for CBE>
We are already monitoring ARRSE. Watch it or I will let the Sons of Owen Glyndwr know of your whereabouts. I would watch the post box for an incendiary not an award if I were you.
 
#8
Minnesota_Viking said:
PE4rocks said:
This is the ANSWER. Save money disband GCHQ/SIS/Green Slime et al. simply monitor Facebook/Twitter etc.
This can then be outsourced to the sub-continent. Simples.

<fx watches post box for CBE>
We are already monitoring ARRSE. Watch it or I will let the Sons of Owen Glyndwr know of your whereabouts. I would watch the post box for an incendiary not an award if I were you.
Funny enough I was in the Owain yesterday, the pub not the bloke
 
#9
Minnesota_Viking said:
PE4rocks said:
This is the ANSWER. Save money disband GCHQ/SIS/Green Slime et al. simply monitor Facebook/Twitter etc.
This can then be outsourced to the sub-continent. Simples.

<fx watches post box for CBE>
We are already monitoring ARRSE. Watch it or I will let the Sons of Owen Glyndwr know of your whereabouts. I would watch the post box for an incendiary not an award if I were you.
Ah the old, Not the Nine O'Clock News spoof.

"Come home to a real fire, buy a cottage in Wales." :tongue:
 
#10
Ord_Sgt said:
I really despair for my once great country. :x The terrorists have already won with the authorities chasing their own tails.

A man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and issued with a life ban from Doncaster's airport after joking on Twitter that he would blow it "sky high" if his flight was delayed.

Paul Chambers made the comment on January 6 after snowfall threatened to delay his plans to travel to Ireland on January 15.

"Robin Hood airport is closed," he wrote. "You've got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"

But while most of his friends enjoyed the joke, someone clearly didn't and alerted the police, who arrived on Mr Chambers' doorstep on January 13.

"My first thought upon hearing it was the police was that perhaps a member of my family had been in an accident," 26-year-old Mr Chambers told The Independent.

"Then they said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me."

He was arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of conspiring to create a bomb hoax and taken into police custody where he was questioned for seven hours.

"I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it. Then they asked all about my home life, and how work was going, and other personal things," he said.

"The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and saying, 'It is the world we live in'."

Mr Chambers was eventually released on bail until February 11 pending further enquiries. His Twitter post was deleted and his laptop, iPhone and home computer seized.

He is thought to be the first person in this country to have been arrested for comments on Twitter, although cases have been reported in the United States.

"I would never have thought, in a thousand years, that any of this would have happened because of a Twitter post," he said. "I'm the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine."

The civil libertarian Tessa Mayes, an expert on privacy law and free speech issues, told The Independent: "Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm.

"The police's actions seem laughable and suggest desperation in their efforts to combat terrorism, yet they have serious repercussions for all of us. In a democracy, our right to say what we please to each other should be non-negotiable, even on Twitter."

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "A male was arrested on 13 January for comments made on a social networking site. He has been bailed pending further investigations."

A Robin Hood airport spokesman said it fully supported the police action. "Comments made threatening airport safety are taken extremely seriously at all times," a spokesman said.
The Times
Do we all think or rather believe that the Tories are going to dismantle the regime that has been slowly implemented over the last few years?

Poor bloke - another life quietly ruined, hopefully common sense will prevail.
 
#11
FARMBOY said:
Do we all think or rather believe that the Tories are going to dismantle the regime that has been slowly implemented over the last few years?

Poor bloke - another life quietly ruined, hopefully common sense will prevail.
More chance of being runover by a Yak I reckon. They do seem to have no discernable agenda just more of the same but different logo. Politicians in general appear to be like the police, they get younger anger with less of a clue.

The first thing that needs to happen IMHO is, as has been mentioned by variuos people, is change the the 'qualification' for being an MP. ie must have done a real job, not been a research assistant, etc etc.

I, of course, am not holding my breath.
 
#12
The words terrorism and bomb do tend to get the adrenalin flowing in certain circles. The police are dangerously close to being in the damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. They are obliged to investigate, but what happens if someone makes such a statement, the police do nothing and then a bomb goes off? Large loads of brown and smelly heading for someone, who will take "early retirement". Making jokes like that is not funny.

PS I am not playing advocate for the police, they are no longer on my Chistmas card list.
 
#13
Drlligaf said:
The words terrorism and bomb do tend to get the adrenalin flowing in certain circles. The police are dangerously close to being in the damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. They are obliged to investigate, but what happens if someone makes such a statement, the police do nothing and then a bomb goes off? Large loads of brown and smelly heading for someone, who will take "early retirement". Making jokes like that is not funny.

PS I am not playing advocate for the police, they are no longer on my Chistmas card list.
Following your logic, expect a knock on the door some time soon.
FFS it was a comment on twitter, not a Jihadist website. Look at some of the 'Shoot Cyclops' types of comment on here.
It was simply bad policing, end off.
 
#14
What if there were a Facebook group set up which people go on to make empty (ie joke) threats against airports etc.

I wonder if the police can visit all of the thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people posting said threats...

I'm going to blow up the world with a ripe banana at tea time tomorrow.
 
#15
and yet, if he turned out to be a nutter who went on to blow the airport up, all on here and the media would be shouting "but you were WARNED! he posted it on TWITTER"

FFS, you lot damn the Police whatever they do.

My prediction: this guy will be investigated and when he comes back on bail it'll be dropped.

The ban from the airport is the only disproportionate thing here
 
#16
Jerm said:
What if there were a Facebook group set up which people go on to make empty (ie joke) threats against airports etc.

I wonder if the police can visit all of the thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people posting said threats...

I'm going to blow up the world with a ripe banana at tea time tomorrow.
Oh fer fecks sake! What time? I'm going to neck all me Viagra and go out with a bang!
 
#17
By now people should realise that there is no such thing as a joke when it comes to bombs and airports, look at those two p!ssed up loons who were arrested the other week on a flight to Dubai or wherever.

That said, you would have thought that the police (who have a duty to investigate) would have looked at his capability to carry out the 'threat' and his actual intention and decided to slap him on the wrist, as it were.
 
#18
Ursus.Maritimus said:
tropper66 said:
Kill a kid and walk, make a joke, and the thought police are out to get you,I was warned about taking Photographs last year at the Gurkha Demo, wearing a regimental Blazer, medals,beret with "Motto" An obvious member of a terrorist organisation
I fear that in the NuLabour world the "one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter" has been so twisted as to be applied to us.
You were obviously the wrong colour, if you had been mid eastern or African waving banners advocating islamification of UK or sharia law or such like you would have been fine!!! :evil:
 
#19
cent05zr70 said:
Jerm said:
What if there were a Facebook group set up which people go on to make empty (ie joke) threats against airports etc.

I wonder if the police can visit all of the thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people posting said threats...

I'm going to blow up the world with a ripe banana at tea time tomorrow.
Oh fer fecks sake! What time? I'm going to neck all me Viagra and go out with a bang!
neeh nahh, neeh nahh, neeh nahh!! Quick look out of the window!! :police: :policeflat: :policecap:
 
#20
762baynet said:
By now people should realise that there is no such thing as a joke when it comes to bombs and airports, look at those two p!ssed up loons who were arrested the other week on a flight to Dubai or wherever.
And look at the stone cold sober Nigerian, who wasn't :roll:

msr
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads