Your tax dollars at work. According to a NY Post and HuffPo report, Two 20-somethings arriving from the U.K. learned a harsh lesson about the American government's sense of humor on Monday, Jan. 23, when they were detained and then forced to return home due to comments they made on Twitter.
According to the Daily Mail, Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and Emily Bunting, 24, were going through Customs when they were detained.
The two spent the next 12 hours locked up in a cell and being grilled by Homeland Security officials. Bryan was charged with intending to come to the U.S. to commit crimes, while Bunting was charged for traveling with him.
Paperwork for the incident indicates that Bryan's name was on a "One Day Lookout" list maintained by Homeland Security. According to the New York Post and World News Daily, this refers to an auto-generated temporary list of inbound travelers that are already in the official terror watch list database. The paperwork also referred to Bryan's tweets, incorrectly stating they came from his account on "Tweeter."