Here’s a WTF? story for you, 26-year-old Kristin Holmes was in a Facebook aargument with some woman that thought Kristin was actually someone else. Kristin uploaded an image of herself with a gun aimed at the camera along with the message “I’ll post a few actual pics of me so you know the difference when you come find me.” When she realized the image might be a little over the top she pulled it, but it was too late. Someone already alerted the cops and Kristin was arrested and charged with a class 1 misdemeanor and faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
(side note: how many movie posters and movie stills have you seen with an actor pointing a gun directly at the camera? Does this mean that if I feel intimidated or threatened I can have the actor (or director or photographer) arrested? I sure hope not)
Kristin was quoted as saying “It wasn’t a threat. I thought it was a funny picture….What happened to freedom of speech?” which is exactly what I was thinking. I mean ok, maybe the image was a little on the intimidating side, but it’s just a freakin’ picture for christsakes! And the other lady was the one starting shit anyway!
But wait cause it gets worse. Kevin Carroll, president of the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police told the NY Daily News “Free speech doesn’t say you have the right to insult somebody,” He also said that using bad language online should also be considered a crime. WTF?
And to NBC News he said “It’s actually against the law to say it in public. It’s a part of the disorderly conduct statute. If it’s against the law to say it in public why wouldn’t it be against the law to say it to someone through a computer?” Which he followed up with this gem, “There is no such thing as a petty crime”. WTF? This guy thinks he’s either Dudley Fucking DoRight or Barney Fife!
Of course this isn’t the first time someone got hassled over something they posted to Facebook either. By now most people should know this is a possibility on Facebook, but the point here is that it shouldn’t be. Not in America anyway.
The most fucked-up example was in 2012. Brandon Raub, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan was literally kidnapped right out of his own home by FBI and Secret Service and forced into a psychiatric hospital in Virginia because they decided his Facebook posts were of a “terrorist” nature. So ‘what was in his post’ you say? He questioned the official story behind 9/11 and referred to corruption within the U.S. government. Holy Shit! All he did was post what anyone with an ounce of brain matter capable of critical thought already knows to be fact. But the really scary thing in all this is that the cops can apparently ignore the Constitution and throw freedom of speech out the window. I’d say that it makes them traitors to the U.S. and the Constitution that they swore an oath to defend. They’ll probably try to use that worn out excuse ” we were just following orders”. Yeah, that’s what every nazi who ever worked in a concentration camp said too so they need to come with something new.
As for Kristin I hope she beats this thing, I really do. Because besides the fact that the whole idea of her going to jail for this is so fucking rediculous, everytime shit like this happens and someone goes to jail we lose ground in the war on our freedom. Thoughts and prayers be with you Kristin.
Paul Joseph Watson @ https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet
- “No such thing as a petty crime”: Insulting Someone on Facebook Can Get You Arrested (dcclothesline.com)
- Woman Arrested For Posting Selfie With Gun on Facebook (informationliberation.com)