Two British tourists were refused entry into the USA after joking on Twitter that they were going to destroy America and
dig up Marilyn Monroe . Leigh Van Bryan was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.
The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read:
Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?
Leigh was also quizzed about another tweet which quoted hit US comedy Family Guy which read:
3 weeks today, we're totally in LA pissed people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin Marilyn Monroe up!
After making their way through passport control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). the pair were detained by armed guards. Despite telling officials the term destroy was British slang for party , they were held on suspicion
of planning tocommit crimes. They were held in cells for 12 hours and then put on a plane back home. The couple must now apply for a US visa should they ever want to travel to America again.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recently criticised over false accounts it set up on Twitter. These are then used to scan networks for sensitive words and then for tracking the people who use them. Online privacy group, the
Electronic Privacy Information Centre requested information on the surveillance, but this was not forthcoming. However words deemed as being sensitive by the DHS include:Illegal immigrant, Outbreak, Drill, Strain, Virus, Recovery, Deaths, Collapse,
Human to animal,and Trojan.