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7-14-2009 @ 8:10PM
They arrested him because it sounded like he had a plan. Sure, saying he was going to board a plane to Chicago at 7:30 isn't that concrete, and he could have even been joking (if, for example, he hadn't already bought the ticket, he probably wasn't going to follow through), but the government does reserve the right to protect it's people like that. Saying you're gonna kill the president isn't going to get you in jail. Saying you're gonna kill the president at this time with this gun will get you questioned, at the very least.Now, say he is joking. The word joke implies comedy. As far as I know, the only people laughing are the one's who enjoy this guy's misery. I hate to say it, but I almost would not mind if they just arrested this guy as a message saying "There is a limit to what you can try to do to incite the masses, even with the anonymity of the internet." What people try to do "for the lulz" nowadays is getting dangerously close to crossing the border from "Wow, that guy is willing to do some crazy stuff!" to "Wow, that guy will just do anything to get a rise out of someone." A wakeup call to the masses to think twice before they say something completely retarded doesn't seem like that bad a thing in this day and age.
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