Pay attention! These are the tweets that can land your ass in jail.
Hi everybody. We all use Twitter, and we all know about how you get banned from it for a racist comment or otherwising abusing somebody.
But what do you have to do to get your house raided, ribs broken and then incarcerated and indicted?
What do you have to tweet?
Barrett Brown was indicted on 3rd October 2012. But before we have a look at Barrett's (specified indicted) tweets of September 11th, I'll just say this: Barrett has made many worse statements than these on Twitter, and in general I have likewise seen many worse tweets from other people, some of whom have sent abusive tweets to Barrett himself.
What is presented in Barrett's indictment (see it here) is a conflation of evidence from social media. Therefore, Barrett Brown is not being charged for one specific message but for a cumulative raft of messages. This as far as I can see is pretty unusual.
If you don't know already and want to look for yourself, Barrett's Twitter is @BarrettBrownLOL. It's up to you to have a look at what he said, and see if you think it merits prison.
In this article I will look at the tweets from September 11th, numbered 8 a-h on the indictment. For comparison purposes, I have included one tweet for which Barrett was not indicted.
a) 0 Uploading now, dropping in 30 minutes #Anonymous #Wikileaks #ProjectPM #PantherModerns #FBI #AgentRobertSmith
b) -1 www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvP1Xx6OH4&feature=youtu.be #Anonymous #ProjectPM #Wikileaks #FBI #PantherModerns #AgentRobertSmith #OffThePigs #Blackbloc
This is the Link to the now classic video catchily titled "Why FBI Agent Robert Smith Has Two Weeks To Send my Property Back, Part 1/3" delivered by Barrett. In case you are wondering what the numbers are for, Barrett has - or had - this catchy trick of counting down to his releases on Twitter - a sense of the dramatic, I guess.
I know you don't agree with whatever sentiment is possibly expressed in the expression '#offthepigs', and it's true that under certain Hitlerian administrations this would be an outright offence; but I am still surprised this is enough nowadays to merit an armed raid.
c) @AsherahResearch My mother is being threatened with charges by #FBI due in part to your lies. Mention her again and see what happens.
This will mean more to some of you than others, but both in and out of context, it doesn't amount to shit, I'm afraid.
@Bitchiest The same reason my dad was indicted and I was raided. #FBI is incompetent and doesn't give a shit who they hurt.
I am including this as an example of a tweet that Barrett was NOT indicted for. It contains the sort of sentiment and statement that did get him into trouble, and shows how selective and seemingly random this process is. This tweet is not included in the indictment, as the FBI presumably don't want their trade secrets read out in a court of law...
d) If what #HBGary did to me was legal, it will be just as legal when I do some of it to #AgentRobertSmith at #FBI #OpClydeTolson #ProjectPM
e) #ProjectPM backs up its claims, threats. Don't wait. Retaliate. #OpClydeTolson #Anonymous #Wikileaks www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvP1Xx6OH4&feature=youtu.be
This is an intended link to Part Two of Barrett's indictment videos, called 'FBI Ultimatum Pt 2'
f) As I'll explain further tomorrow, I will regard any further armed raids as potential #Zeta assassination attempts and respond accordingly
Make of it what you will people. I believe this is the sort of thing that should see this case thrown out. This and other of these tweets have been retweeted, favourited and repeated elsewhere, and I don't belive they amount to munch.
g) #AgentRobertSmith claimed my warrants weren't public due to #Zeta threat. He knows it's serious and won't mind if I shoot any suspects
People are people. By this I mean, that when things get personal, and Barrett starts mentioning by name the appropriately named Agent Smith, then things are bound to get messy. Believe me, I use many Internet services, and there are people out there trying much harder to get a revolution started and get themselves arrested than Barrett.
h) Threat to put my mom in prison last mistake #AgentRobertSmith will ever fucking make www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvP1Xx6OH4&feature=autoplay&list=UUv1FlZ4TdveCyva7okPRmSA&playnext=1 #OpClydeTolson
This tweet provides another link to the ballsy and mad video titled 'Why FBI Agent Robert Smith Has Two Weeks To Send my Property Back, Part 1/3'
Barrett Brown is an American activist, author, and freelance writer/journalist. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Businessweek, and other outlets. He has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fox News and Russia Today.
On September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was raided and arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals.
Read a full description at freebarrettbrown.org
In the first week of October 2012, Barrett was indicted on three counts related to alleged activities or postings on websites such as Twitter and YouTube, in which he postured for the return of property which was taken from him in March, and expressed frustration at the targeted campaign against him and a member of his family. The Department of Justice issued a press release on October 4th.
On December 4, 2012 Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from a security breach at the company Stratfor. See more on this at Department of Justice 7th Dec 2012 Press Release.
Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to this aspect, Barrett faced these charges for the alleged mere act of pasting a hyperlink into an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel. On January 23rd, 2013 he was indicted a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house.
Barrett pleaded not guilty in all three cases. In January 2015 he was sentenced to 63 months which he is currently serving, and ordered to pay restitution.
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