Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quote(s) of the Week (Early Contender)

"The WAR wWIL start on the stepes of the Oklahoma State Capitol. I will cast the first stone. In the meantime, I await the police."

"START THE KILLING NOW! I am wiling to be the FIRST DEATH! I Await the police. They will kill me in my home."

"After I am killed on the Capitol Steps like REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!"

"Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the(m) on the State Capitol steps."

-- Twitter posts from 52 year old Daniel Knight Hayden of Oklahoma, who was subsequently and wisely arrested for transmitting threats of politically motivated violence over the internet (the rants were Twittered in advance of the April 15th, Fox News-led "Tea Party" protest at Oklahoma's capitol building)

Related: DXM: Revolutionary Goad/4.7.09


Sheriff Bart said...

He will cut their heads off of their heads?

That sounds AWESOME!

Stephen said...

This twit's tweets sure make him sound like a twat.

mcbexx said...

So that's not covered by "free speech" or what?

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Speech isn't really free. He has to PAY for spelling like that.

Jeremy said...

It's free speech everywhere but in a "socialist fascists" state. (bet he left those catchwords out because he couldn't begin to be able to spell 'em.)

Hardeep said...

Wow, I am amazed he can work a computer well enough to use twitter.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that anyone can justify someone being arrested for their Twitter comments. So much for free speech.

It's one thing to make empty threats (especially on what amounts to a shortened internet forum), and it's entirely another thing to carry them out. If the FBI really thought it was that serious, it would've been easy enough to have one lone agent watch him during the protest time to see if he decided to carry out the threat.

I can also almost guarantee he wouldn't have done a thing. To me this sounds like an excuse to arrest somebody and make them pay a hefty fine for no reason.

Not to mention this could've all been a joke and the guy REALLY got arrested for no reason. This isn't like yelling fire in a theater. It's freakin' Twitter on the internet. You want the equivalent version of yelling fire in a theater, go to 4chan.

TheReaperD said...

To all those that brought up "free speech" and the 1st Amendment:

The 1st Amendment allows you to voice your opinions to the government, in private or in public, without reprisal. It has severe limits. And, it rarely applies in a private individual vs. other private individual or private business. A company can fire you for things you say; even or especially, when they are true. Often when you say something mean spirited or stupid to someone or something, it's not a 1st Amendment right, it's just not breaking any laws.

To the point in this topic: The 1st Amendment never allows for threats of violence to anyone, especially public figures. So a bunch of nut jobs "tea bagging" *snork* the White House with full frontal stupidity is covered under the 1st Amendment without question but, threatening to decapitate someone and throw their severed head on the Oklahoma capitol steps, no matter how badly spelled, or where it was posted, is not covered by the 1st Amendment and is, most likely, breaking the law. That is why he was arrested.

A lot of people take the bill of rights for granted without actually knowing what actual rights and freedoms they grant. For your own good, please read up on them. Also, make sure to read US Supreme Court decisions about the bill of rights as they affect your rights as much or more, than the amendments themselves.

SteveR said...

Well, at least he said he's willing to be the first death.

Thoughtful chap.

Al said...

I've yet to see the notes from law enforcement noting his this tough guy 'surrendered without incident' (which I'm quite certain was the case).

Wingnuts are embarrassed by this guy.