Kid's fault for playing League. He should go to jail for a million billion years. LOL JK But seriously.
This isn't anything new, and it continues to be fucked up. All it takes is one word to change the entirety of what you said from desire to intent, even as simple a difference as "would" and "will" and you can have your life completely destroyed by the thought police. "I'm going to" is all the 'evidence' they needed to construe it a 'legitimate threat' and justify jailing the kid.
I hope that woman gets told daily how much of a mindless piece of shit she is.
Probably one of the first visible thought police cases, but it's been a long time coming. Warning signs have been around for over a decade, even in movies, books for much longer than that. You know the privately owned prison for profit complex is loving where this is going: As the drug war inevitably wanes, we need a new source of legal slave labor to create revenue.
Post by kittymulcher on Jul 5, 2013 3:58:41 GMT -5
The person who called the cops on the guy should be in trouble for cyber bullying someone. Furthermore what the fuck is putting s guy in jail who is vulnerable, and may not be a bad person but instead need psychiatric care going to achieve? The threat of jail for having thoughts like this, i.e. thought crime will DRIVE them from getting the care they need, worsening the problem. I also refuse to believe all mass shooters are bad people. You can get a way of thinking that leads you to do terrible things, you don't need to be a psychopath to kill a lot of people.
What the hell is a terroristic threat anyway? Terrorists have an agenda outside them, they have political views, they have religious ties. A sick puppy has no external reasons outside of who/what torments them.
Terrorist is the buzzword many people will accept for justifying unlawful incarceration.
Half a century ago that buzzword was "communist".
We are still ruining innocent kids' lives.
Edit: I decided to write a bit more. The whole communist thing wasn't just communism. It was a dichotomy. The true dichotomy Democracy or Non-Democracy. Communism was just the most outstanding, easiest target within the scope of non-democracy. It was so easy in-fact that any sort of critique of democracy was instantly seen as communist minded, even if was simply non-democratic speech/thought without a communist philosophy behind it. The visible false-dichotomy became democracy or communism. Of course, this is all just us vs. them mentality, but it is all about what is the biggest target at any given time in history. You don't want to humanize your enemy. That isn't how wars are won. "Are you a commie sympathizer?"
Fast foward a bit. 9/11 happened. This time it wasn't the communists knocking on our door with the threat of nuclear annihilation, but an anti-american terrorists. Change in focus. Change in identity. Terror used the relatively new function of mass media to spread that terror. After 911 there was not only this distinct feeling of lack of safety and unrest, but an oceanic feeling of togetherness and patriotism. The new us vs. them became 'Murica vs. Terrorist. Of course terrorist action could match non-terrorist action. Just criminals being criminals. Bombers being bombers. The problem arises again, when mere thought and speech takes the place of physical, non-vebal action. You get all this action for fear of the threat within our own borders. Unfair incarceration. Unwarranted searches. Lack of Privacy.
Its all so heavy and touchy that you rarely see any television truly handle the subject anymore...especially kids' T.V. Though, I found one exception... Legend of Korra (the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender) handles it pretty well in episode 7/8 in which it deals with the aftermath of a terrorist (ahem....equalist) activity. I'm really proud of video games as a medium in this regard, as you see them handle the issue all the time.