British Couple Ejected From U.S. For Tweeting About Wanting To Dig Up Marilyn Monroe and Destroy America On Vacation

Ever since Benny Hill Americans have had a difficult time getting British humor. However, British tourists Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and pal Emily Bunting, 24, claim that the Department of Homeland Security not only lacks a sense of humor but does not recognize a joke from the quintessential American comedy show, Family Guy. Upon arriving at Los Angeles, they were interrogated for hours about tweets that they sent and eventually ejected from the country. Before their deportation, they say that they were held in a cell with narcotics traffickers for twelve hours.

The agency appears to have picked up tweets from Van Bryan. The first on January 3rd said “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA pissing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!” Then on January 16th, he tweeted: “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.” They say that they repeatedly explained that it was a joke. They explained that “destroy” is a common expression for getting trashed and partying. They further said that Monroe statement was a quote from Family Guy. Bunting said that she tried not to laugh when agents asked if she was going to be the look out as Van Bryan dug up Monroe.
Their passports were confiscated and they were told that they were under investigation for coming to our nation planning to commit crimes. Buntings charge sheet reads: “It is believed that you are travelling with Leigh-Van Bryan who possibly has the intentions of coming to the United States to commit crimes.” It mentions the conspiracy to dig up Monroe.

On Van Bryan sheet, the following notation was made: “Mr Bryan confirmed that he had posted on his Tweeter [sic] website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe. Also on his tweeter account Mr Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America.”

It appears that there is no other evidence relied upon by DHS to support the deportation but two tweets that read as obvious jokes. None of this makes us safer, of course, beyond assuring terrorists that we are doing a pretty good job hurting ourselves without their involvement. This case should be investigated by DHS as well as Congress. For everyone of such cases, there are many others that go unreported. The response of DHS seems to follow the myth put out by TSA that even an obvious joke at a security gate is a crime at airports.

The treatment of this couple reflects more than a lack of humor but a lack of logic. The DHS appears to have worked hard to avoid the use of common sense and judgment. Based on these facts, I am pretty confident that the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe was never in danger. By the way, the tweet itself shows that the couple did remarkably little research if they were planned to dig up Monroe. She is in an elevated crypt so you cannot dig her up. She is located at Corridor of Memories, #24. By the way, Hugh Hefner owns the rights to the crypt next to it. Even if you can get inside, she was placed in an heavy gauge solid bronze casket lined with a locked down lid.

Of course, it does appear that Al-Qaeda has trained personnel with the use of Family Guy episodes. That may have been the problem:


Source: Daily Mail

38 thoughts on “British Couple Ejected From U.S. For Tweeting About Wanting To Dig Up Marilyn Monroe and Destroy America On Vacation”

  1. They also turned this band away for saying “The company was gay” … “a turrissstsss house” … “too up to down”

    gotta be Al Q. Eida …

  2. “dig up Marilyn Monroe” … “vacation” …

    Damn … the dizoids at TSA did not realize the poetry of the situation … just had to do a literal interpretation while fondling the G spot (a.k.a. “We feel much better now”) …

    “I feel much better now” that the big car drivers are takin’ care uh bidness for us …

  3. Every time something like this makes the news Ron Paul picks up a couple of new converts. DHS has entirely too much money.

  4. Well, while the girls and boys of DHS were busy interrogating the would be Monroe pranksters … I wonder how many actual terrorists walked through the gates unnoticed?

  5. “Welcome to America, where we will DEPORT YOUR ASS FOR BEING FUNNY”

    That explains why Russell Brand is allowed to stay.

  6. A “privacy compliance review” issued by DHS last November says that since at least June 2010, its national operations center has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” which involves regular monitoring of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.”

    BLOGS?!? LIKE THIS ONE!?!

  7. Looks like the terrorists achieved what they wanted. America’s gone insane, off her rockers. The land of the free is no more.

  8. Bette Noir:

    Just because they put up signs at the airport, doesn’t make them true. There simply is no law against making jokes about bombs at airports. Follow the link in the post.

  9. YAWCGSCC (Yet Another Well Connected Guy’s Sub Contracting Company) monitors social networks for the DHS.

    Fun thing not to do:
    Create a Twitter account and use the name of someone you don’t like as the name. Tweet some nonsense that contains keywords and might seem evil to a complete moron. That will trigger the name to be put on a watchlist. All people with similar names will be subjected to Secondary at airports, some metro & bus stations, and random VIPER checkpoints on highways.

    If I were planning to travel to the US in order to assassinate the President, I would tweet before hand that I was NOT going to assassinate the President.
    That way, if someone discovered documentation in my luggage suggestive of an assassination plot, I could point to my Twitter posting to prove that I was completely innocent.

    This might not make sense to you, gentle reader, but it would make perfect sense to the morons that stopped the couple in question.

  10. justme2,

    I’m well aware of what is possible in this regard–I was just making note that it was being done.

    Anyone at DHS or any other agency or corporation monitoring this blog,

    Hello!

  11. @slartibartfast: Not that hard for DHS to pick up Tweets; just set up search filter for certain keywords like “destroy America” then peek at the timeline.

  12. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/11/us-usa-homelandsecurity-websites-idUSTRE80A1RC20120111

    Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media

    A monitor displays an attacking team’s progress during a drill at a Department of Homeland Security cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

    By Mark Hosenball

    Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:15pm EST

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.

    A “privacy compliance review” issued by DHS last November says that since at least June 2010, its national operations center has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” which involves regular monitoring of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.”

    The purpose of the monitoring, says the government document, is to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”

  13. Professor Turley,

    I think you’re missing an important point here. You said:

    “The agency appears to have picked up tweets from Van Bryan.”

    How?

  14. What myth? Signs have been posted in airports since the ’70s, warning people not to joke about hijackings or bombs.

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