I have to watch what I say on this blog and elsewhere on the internet. I am no longer an American citizen, and so Homeland Security could refuse me entry into the United States. Case in point: A couple of tourists found themselves in handcuffs after arriving at LAX, then interrogated for hours, placed overnight in a holding cell, and sent home to Europe the next day.
Welcome to the United States!
What was this incident about? Apparently, Leigh Van Bryan tweeted that he planned to “destroy” America and dig up Marilyn Monroe. Emily Bunting was guilty of travelling with a suspected terrorist (her pal Leigh). Mr. Van Bryan’s explanation that “destroy” is slang for “party in” and that the digging up of Marilyn Monroe was a joke from the American TV program Family Guy fell on deaf ears. The Daily Mail reports that Federal Agents were looking for digging implements in their luggage and did body searches. Van Bryan said to the Daily Mail (restoration of text mine):
I kept saying to them they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me “you’ve really f[ucked] up with that tweet boy” .
Well, I consider my efforts here at the Isaac Brock Society quite effective. If Federal Agents have time to monitor Twitter, they must be reading me.
Here is my message to you Feds: “Hi Guys! Thank you for making my former home, my country of birth, one of the most inviting places in the world to travel!”
I wonder if the U.S. hotel industry, Disneyland, or Florida real estate people are paying attention to this? The Isaac Brock Society is. Thus, I’ve created a new series “Welcome to America”, and I invite other such stories. Essentially, the United States is closing the door to tourists. Planning to go to the United States for holiday? Change your plans, cancel your trip if you can get a refund. Who knows why an arbitrary and capricious terrorist government will choose to detain you? Leigh and Emily are back home. Perhaps they are lucky that they aren’t now sitting in Guantanamo Bay at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.