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Friday, Oct 13, 2006
California Grade 9 girl questioned about threats to Bush on MySpace
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Upset by the war in Iraq, a 14-year-old girl vented her frustrations with President George W. Bush last spring on her MySpace.com page.
Julia Wilson posted a picture of the U.S. president, scrawled "Kill Bush" across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She replaced the page last spring after learning in her Grade 8 history class such threats are a federal offence.
U.S. authorities found the page and placed her on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
If this was indeed some such plot, and it succeed, could you imagine the outcry (actually, judging from the number of people that like the guy, it could probably be likened to more of a 'whimper' )
Originally posted by justgeneric
The question wasn't whether this girl's "Kill Bush" sentiment was illegal. As Benevolent tyrant pointed out it IS a crime.
The issue is one of response. Was the Secret Service justified to actually go out, interview this girl and do so in such a public way...and reminding you all, WITHOUT the presence of a parent/guardian.
The SS had said they'd wait and return to the home, when the girl arrived. Yet they did not, instead choosing to visit her at school.
The other issue is the effectiveness of the Secret Service...are they all knowing? If not and they have to investigate so thoroughly even the clearest non-serious threats to the President...then what the hell good are they?