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British Tourists Deported For ‘Destroy America’ Twitter Joke

Written on January 31, 2012 by Chris Martin

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Two British tourists barred from entering U.S. over a twitter joke to 'destroy America'.

Two tourists from the U.K. were detained and barred from entering the U.S. over a joke. Leigh Van Bryan, a 20-something Irish national currently residing in Coventry, U.K. was placed on a “One Day Lookout” list by the for posting a suggestive message to ‘destroy America’ and ‘diggin’ up Marilyn Monroe’.

Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting flew to Los Angeles for vacation but were welcomed by Homeland Security Officials. Both were questioned and detained for 12 hours before they were back to the U.K.

“They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain ['destroy'] meant to get trashed and party,” Bryan said.

He also explained that “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p***** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn
Monroe up!” was actually a quote from the American comedy show ‘Family Guy’. The two were denied entry with Bryan charged with ‘intending to come to U.S. to commit crimes’ while his companion, Bunting was charged for travelling with Bryan.

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