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Monday, 13 September 2010 14:16

Teen banned from US over Obama email

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Freedom of speech, they have heard of it
A British teen has been banned from entering the US for life after he sent an abusive email to US President Barack Obama.

Luke Angel, a 17-year-old of Bedfordshire was apparently irked by a broadcast about September 11, so he thought it would be a good idea to share his thoughts with the leader of the free world. Of course, it would have been an even better idea to sober up before writing anything, let alone an email to the US President.

Angel apparently bashed Obama and called him “a p….” which didn’t go down well with US authorities. The following day he was contacted by local police who told him he was banned from the US for life on the behest of the Orwellian Department of Homeland Security.

Angel did not seem overly concerned about the ban. "I don't really care. My parents aren't very happy about it,” he said.

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-20 #1 yourma2000 2010-09-13 14:29
This kid is stupid, he doesn't realise that UK free speech is not for us brits to use but rather people who come to live here
 
 
-18 #2 FoxMontage 2010-09-13 14:32
Protection of freedom of speech under the US constitution is reserved for US citizens. The US department of homeland security is hardly "Orwellian" for denying access to their country to somebody that addressed their leader directly as "a p....".

Oh, and how is this tech news?
 
 
+15 #3 yourma2000 2010-09-13 15:12
the word "email" was mentioned, slow news day I guess
 
 
+26 #4 nele 2010-09-13 15:23
Quoting FoxMontage:
Protection of freedom of speech under the US constitution is reserved for US citizens. The US department of homeland security is hardly "Orwellian" for denying access to their country to somebody that addressed their leader directly as "a p....".

Oh, and how is this tech news?


Uhm, no, freedom of speech is not reserved for US citizens. The same goes for all other democracies, freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...

Of course, calling someone a 'pussy' after a few drinks is hardly an exercise in free speech, but it just seems silly to ban someone for life over such an email. Compared to some political commentators and comedians, this kid sounds like a saint... ;-)
 
 
+12 #5 ghelyar 2010-09-13 15:42
While I wouldn't have expected the US to extend their first amendment to anyone else, it does seem a bit extreme to punish people for their views. It wasn't a serious death threat or anything. Regardless, most of us never intend on going to the US anyway so who cares?

Also, lots of words start with "P". Like "enis" or "ussy" or even "aki" (I wouldn't be surprised if some idiot called him that) but apparently it was just "Prick" which is very mild anyway.

"Everyone in the world hates you because you don't realise that everyone in the world hates you" to paraphrase South Park.
 
 
-2 #6 FoxMontage 2010-09-13 15:49
Quote:
Uhm, no, freedom of speech is not reserved for US citizens. The same goes for all other democracies, freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...



I said this because the sub-heading of the article sardonically refers to freedom of speech, of which the USA is supposedly a proponent. The author is implying that it is somewhat hypocritical of the US to advocate freedom of speech, and then to turn around and ban somebody from their country for saying something they don't like.My point was that the US doesn't have to put up with people like this just because it strives to preserve freedom of speech for its own citizens.
 
 
+7 #7 nele 2010-09-13 16:00
Of course it doesn't, but it seems a bit counterproducti ve if you know what I mean...

Sending the police after a 17-year-old kid and banning him from entering the country for life over a silly drunken rant is just over the top, it's bad press and it's ridiculous.

I mean, it's not like he's a genuine security risk or something, it's not like he's committed a felony or even a misdemeanor. Seriously, the US has millions of illegal immigrants and last time I checked the 9/11 hijackers were there legally, so why should a drunken kid from Bedfordshire get banned. Seems to me US immigration authorities have some rather strange standards. Sure, he acted like a dick, but that's something that should get you banned from nightclubs, not countries.
 
 
+2 #8 gamoniac 2010-09-13 16:05
Folks,
The freedom of speech does not translate to the rights to abuse. Everyone is entitled to expressing their views/opinions. Sending nasty email to the President is way out of line.

Don't agree with me? Go ahead and send the Queen a distasteful email and see when you would get from the British law enforcer.
 
 
+3 #9 GrumpyOldMan 2010-09-13 16:09
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Yeah they kinda side-stepped constitutional rights even to citizens.


It is de facto that the constitution is "what we currently belief it ought to say".

You kinda throw out "right to overthrow government should it become too powerful" and somehow Clint Eastwood has everyone believing "right to bear arms". Just as long as you don't "use" those arms against government.

In short, we Americans are "less free" than even a generation ago.

They will still build a mosque to show the world it isn't true however. Kinda like the Olympics "lets put a good face on" showing.

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-1 #10 MrBungle 2010-09-13 16:56
This doesn't surprise me... Obama and his ilk aren't particularly big fans of the rights protected by the constitution since they keep getting in the way of his socialist agenda.
 

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