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Man Convicted Over Tweet

Gotta watch those tweets on twitter.  Probably is a warning to forum posts too I guess.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101123/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_twitter_trouble

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You know, I am all about free

You know, I am all about free speech, but sometimes, people are just stupid.  What do you expect to happen if you go out there and post all this stuff for the world to see?  Some people are just idiots, I guess......

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Stupid yes - a serious threat

Stupid yes - a serious threat that should have been prosecuted?  I don't think so.  We've all said something stupid to our friends similar to what the guy tweeted.  Fortunately, our words were for a limited audience and one that could tell the tone and non-seriousness of it.  Twitter, posts and emails make it harder to discern between jokes and serious threats.

To be safe, people need to think carefully before hitting that send button.

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These guys are just stupid.

These guys are just stupid. Why would you post something like that on twitter. I am amazed at how idiotic people can be. But free speach should not be limited. Idiots should be able to speak their minds. Once those comments become a credible threat than it should be looked into but free speach is the foundation of our country. Brits take it pretty seriously as well I believe.

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I agree with you.  From what

I agree with you.  From what I read it was obvious that the guy was just being stupid and not making a serious threat.  I realize we have to be extra careful today, but there is a difference between saying it at the airport and tweeting it to your network of followers. 

Sometimes we go too far in the name of security and lose our freedoms.

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Free speach is good and all,

Free speach is good and all, but as much as that guy has the right to speak his mind, I or anyone else as an employer has the right to hire and fire as I see fit.  If he/she says something that can damage my company, affect sales, safety, something like that, then the company should can him.  I would.

Again, it's his right to speak his mind.  If the company tried to go further (Not this case, but in general), and file some sort of lawsuit based on what the guy said, then I wouldn't agree, and say the guy has "freedom of speech".  Conversely, if the guy tried to sue the company for firing him, I would say tough cookies, you exercisedyour right to be an idiot.....

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Free Speech?

I value fredom of speech.  But, there is common sense to be used too.  You have the right to say what you thing you should.  However that freedom of speech does not give you the right to do something like yell "fire" in a crowded theater and cause a stampeed when no fire really exists.  I do think the some of the nuckleheads in law enforcement should be able to tell the difference between a genuine threat and a simple ha ha joking comment. 

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