Saturday, November 13, 2010

Modern Day Spartacus

Twitter users re-tweet Paul Chambers' "bomb threat": #IAmSpartacus

Paul Chambers is a Briton who, on hearing that his local airport was shut and that he'd miss a flight to see his girlfriend, tweeted "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!" Whereupon his house was raided by police who arrested him for making bomb threats.

Chambers' case has been a cause celebre around the world, which watched in horror as two UK courts upheld Chambers' conviction for saying something that no reasonable person could possibly take as a serious threat. Now Twitter users are re-tweeting Chambers' fateful words, with the hashtag #IAmSpartacus, inviting law enforcement to arrest them, too, for their "threatening" behavior.
Meanwhile, Stephen Fry has offered to pay Chambers' fine.
Twitter anger over bomb tweeter (via /.)

(Image: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - The Oath of Spartacus, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from govert1970's photostream

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