deportedI was sent a link to an article in Irish Central that was headed “Irish tourist deported and barred from US after 'destroy America' tweet”. 

When I read it, I discovered that Irishman Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were deported from the US when they were entering through Los Angeles – LAX – airport on 22nd January 2012.  It reads “they were handcuffed and questioned for five hours before being put in a van with illegal immigrants and locked up overnight. They were held in separate holding cells for 12 hours before they were deported.”

It seems they innocently tweeted "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America".  They also tweeted about “digging up Marilyn Monroe”.

When they were handcuffed, questioned and locked up with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours, they tried to explain that the word ‘destroy’ in Britain means to party. However the homeland security agents didn’t have a sense of humour and choose not to recognise the difference in language and culture saying “you’ve really f***ed up with that tweet boy”.  Due to the digging tweet, they checked their luggage for spades and accused Emily of acting as a lookout while Leigh raided Marilyn’s tomb.

They had to pay their own way home after being deported.  Emily said "We just wanted to have a good time on holiday. That was all Leigh meant in his tweets."

It seems the DHS have been monitoring social media for the past three years.  I hope they don’t misunderstand the context of this article

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