Anti-DEA Rants on Facebook Spark Criminal Prosecution


Declan McCullagh
cnet.com
October 13, 2012

Anti-government rants on Facebook can land you in a heap of trouble.

A federal judge has given the green light to the U.S. Justice Department’s prosecution of an Indiana man who allegedly posted incendiary remarks about police.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Lawrence in Indiana rejected requests by the defendant, Matthew Michael, to throw out the charges on the grounds that no specific Drug Enforcement Administration agent or other individual had actually been named in the posts.

[...] Michael is accused of writing a series of posts in August 2011 (and creating a “statewide” Facebook event scheduled for November 2011) containing vague but angry and violent statements regarding DEA agents. One alleged post: “War is near..anarchy and justice will be sought…I’ll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race…BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!!”

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