Crazy has no limits. A man from Alabama has been sentenced to federal prison for posting ‘Let’s kill the president’ on his Twitter account.
U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. sentenced Jarvis Britton, 26, of Birmingham to one year in prison for threatening the life of Obama. He has to serve three years on probation after finishing the prison term according to U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The man in September tweeted threatening messages for President Barack Obama. And he did it quite frequently:
Yes you can kill a president with cyanide. who would put that in water/coffee?— Jarvis Britton (@iTweet_Unspok3n) September 19, 2012
According to news reports, he was warned by the secret service not to post such stuff on the internet but he paid no heed and carried on with his tweets. He was arrested two days after posting the following tweet:
Serious question? If you knew about a terrorist group planning to kill the president, would you tell? I kinda wanna see if they can! F.E.A.R— Jarvis Britton (@iTweet_Unspok3n) September 19, 2012
Britton had pleaded guilty in March and now has been sentenced to prison.
Twitter is a public forum and people mostly post whatever comes to their minds. People treat the internet like their own little kingdom where they can use, abuse (mostly) anything and anyone they like. But it should be kept in mind that all kingdoms have kings and knight. One cannot talk openly against kings, even in this age.
One wonders what Britton had in his mind when he posted the tweet. Maybe he overestimated his right to freedom of speech. Many people on his Twitter account had warned him as well to stop writing inappropriate stuff regarding Obama but he apparently didn’t listen.
People, especially in north-African countries and the Middle East often get jailed for tweeting stuff about their leaders and monarchs on Twitter but no one has ever been ailed there for posting death threats because that is literally off the wall.
Disagreement with the government’s policies is one thing, but plans for killing the premiere of your country, on a public platform for that matter, is foolish. Downright foolish.