Saturday, April 25, 2009

Twitter Feeds As Evidence?

With as many people who did show up, a bad egg would have to appear eventually.

An Oklahoma City man who announced on Twitter that he would turn an April 15 tax protest into a bloodbath was hit with a federal charge of making interstate threats last week, in what appears to be first criminal prosecution to stem from posts on the microblogging site.

Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, was arrested by FBI agents who identified him as the Twitter user CitizenQuasar. In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a "war" against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city's version of the national "Tea Party" protests promoted by [Actually, covered by, Ed.] the conservative-leaning Fox News.

Anyone was able to attend a Tea Party protest. If the organizers could weed out the neo-nazis, I'm sure they would.

UPDATE: A big thanks to the police and the FBI for stepping in and grabbing the man when they did. The Tea Parties wanted headlines. But not like that. I'll leave it to the peace demonstrators on how to use violence at their protests.

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