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Airport Bomb Twitter Joker Loses Appeal

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How dumb, if he wanted to do something this immature he should have at least hid his IP/ personal information which is so easy to do on the internet. Not that I condone what he did. Though I do feel sorry for him, all he did was write a small joke on the internet and seems he has lost his job over it but the 2,600 prosecution fees are his own fault for going to court.

How foolish of him to think a court would clear his name of being labelled an idiot, when he clearly did something idiotic. In today's politically correct world you would probably expect people to be locked up for stuff like that. But much worse things have been said on the internet many times with no consequence.

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However, Judge Jacqueline Davies, who was sitting with two magistrates on Thursday, ruled the message was menacing.

She said: 'We take the view an ordinary person seeing this would see it in that way and be alarmed.

'The airport staff did see it and were sufficiently concerned to report it.'

She described the defendant as an 'unimpressive witness.'

She added: 'We find it impossible to accept that anyone living in this country, in the current climate of terrorist threats, would not be aware of the consequences of their actions in making such a statement.'

Illogical from start to finish.

Menacing to an ordinary person, yet the only ones menaced were airport staff who have an interest in claiming to have been menaced. And that phrase "current climate" - uggghhh - justifying any generalisation. Would a jury have convicted?

Not clear the guy lost his job as a result - the fact he's still unemployed makes me wonder about his worth as an employee.

Overall, a new low in the administration of justice by government **** lickers.

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The prosecution was a frivilous waste of time. It was quite clear from the tweet that it was an expression of frustration rather than a threat. Basically this guy has been prosecuted for the electronic equivalent of joking with his mates in the pub about blowing up an airport if it doesn't get its act together, and having some uninvited nosy parker take what he has said literally whilst completely ignoring the context and register.

The law has been an ass on this one, though not unexpected really as some of those Crown Court judges are cluelessly self important.

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Not clear the guy lost his job as a result - the fact he's still unemployed makes me wonder about his worth as an employee.

Probably difficult to get a job as an accountant if you have a charge hanging over your head, and even worse with a conviction.

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However, Judge Jacqueline Davies, who was sitting with two magistrates on Thursday, ruled the message was menacing.

She said: 'We take the view an ordinary person seeing this would see it in that way and be alarmed.

'The airport staff did see it and were sufficiently concerned to report it.'

She described the defendant as an 'unimpressive witness.'

She added: 'We find it impossible to accept that anyone living in this country, in the current climate of terrorist threats, would not be aware of the consequences of their actions in making such a statement.'

Illogical from start to finish.

Menacing to an ordinary person, yet the only ones menaced were airport staff who have an interest in claiming to have been menaced. And that phrase "current climate" - uggghhh - justifying any generalisation. Would a jury have convicted?

Not clear the guy lost his job as a result - the fact he's still unemployed makes me wonder about his worth as an employee.

Overall, a new low in the administration of justice by government **** lickers.

Any ordinary person who uses Twitter or the Internet would not be menaced by his message.

I doubt a jury would convict.

Perhaps the Twitter censorship is an example of the "democracy" that Cameron is preaching to the Chinese ?

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Agreed - no reasonable person who happened to stumble across that comment would take it as a serious threat. Apparently it was only discovered some weeks later as an airport employee trawled Twitter for mentions of the airport for PR purposes.

It is indeed both an insidious form of internet censorship and a message to people not to question authority. Once this sort of mindset has been established as normal and reasonable, next thing we'll have official snitches trying to overhear conversations you are having with friends and reporting you if you say anything out of line.

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