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have the fbi been to your house?

i'm sure it's been wildly pushed round the livejournal community, but i'm going to link it anyhow, in case you haven't seen it. (plus, i get a lot of traffic outside livejournal.)

from anniesj:

"A couple of weeks ago, following the last presidential debate, I said some rather inflammatory things about George W. Bush in a public post in my LJ, done in a satirical style. We laughed, we ranted, we all said some things. I thought it was a fairly harmless (and rather obvious) attempt at humor in the face of annoyance, and while a couple of people were offended, as is typical behavior from me, I saw something shiny and forgot about it, thinking that the whole thing was over and done and nothing else would come of what I said.

I was wrong.

At 9:45 last night, the Secret Service showed up on my mother's front door to talk to me about what I said about the President, as what I said could apparently be misconstrued as a threat to his life. After about ten minutes of talking to me and my family, they quickly came to the conclusion that I was not a threat to national security (mostly because we are the least threatening people in the entire world) and told me that they would not recommend that any further action be taken with my case. However, I do now have a file with the FBI that includes my photograph, my e-mail address, and the location of my LJ. This will follow me around for the rest of my life, regardless of the fact that the Secret Service knows that I am not a threat."

the rest is here.

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misanthropoid
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm withholding judgment for a few days as the young lady's post and initial responses in her own journal and at metaquotes had a distinct piscene aroma. I have now read the original post and while I have that basic seventh grade civics background that tells me it's illegal to threaten the life of a public official I will say that I've read far more blatant examples on this livejournal forum.

Okay, in the interest of clarity, I'd be quite surprised if, in fact, this bit of drama turned out to be more than livejournal smoke.
benpeek
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
yeah, it might indeed turn out that way. but i have heard similar things happening--there was an author who got a visit a few days earlier, too. so, worth the link, i reckon.
misanthropoid
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
I can't argue that. Though I wasn't counting I'd guess that this was at least the fifteenth link I've encountered to the story on my friends list today.
benpeek
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
yeah, i figured it'd be a bit like that. but look at it this way: if it turns out a lie, lot a people are going to know. lot of people will not be happy.
bodhichitta0
Oct. 28th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
Ben, I'm sure I'm already on the list because of my Rehnquist comments... :-p And regardless of what anyone says, the Patriot Act is one scary piece of shit.
benpeek
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
tell me about it. makes me glad to be where i am.
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