Oh, Now It’s Tyranny
As devoted practitioners of the Raised Eyebrow, we got a good workout Monday night when this headline appeared at WorldNetDaily: “Teen homeschooler jailed under Patriot Act.”
That’s pretty rich, we thought, coming from a website that is deeply concerned about Michael Savage being fingered as a hate-speech terrorist by Britain. Somehow we don’t expect to find an ACLU card in Joseph Farah’s wallet.
But setting aside their angle for the moment, let’s look at the case.
The teen homeschooler in question is 16-year-old Ashton Lundeby, of Oxford, North Carolina. According to his mom, Annette, the Feds and local police paid an unannounced visit to their home at 10 p.m. March 5, collecting Ashton, his computer, his cell phone, and some bank statements.
The charge? Making numerous bomb threats in Indiana from the computer.
Mom thinks it’s a case of hijacked identity. She says there was no trace of bomb-making materials in the house, and suspects someone hacked Ashton’s IP address to originate the phone calls. (We’ll spare the geeky details on how that might work, but let’s say Ashton picked up some malware cruising porn sites.)
But back to the story: “Undoubtedly, they were given false information,” Mom told WRAL-TV in Raleigh, “or they would not have had twelve agents in my house with a widow and two children and three cats.”
And now for the familiar kicker:
Allowed little access to see her son over the last two months, facing a court date that keeps being pushed back and given no information by FBI agents sitting behind a gag order on the case, Lundeby now says the USA Patriot Act has unjustly imprisoned an innocent boy and stripped her son of due process.
Well, yes. That’s exactly what the Patriot Act does. Nice of folks to notice almost eight years after the fact.
WND lets the story stand as is, but if we pay a visit to the TV story’s YouTube page, a few comments tell the rest:
- “This happened under Obama’s watch.”
- “Bush had good reason to start the Patriot Act, It’s the USA people that put that tool in Obama’s hand.”
- “Blame the Obama Administration for this. and add it to the list of grievances in which we should DEMAND redress or Revolution.”
- “I hope this woman gets armed, now that she has seen how oppressive and tyrannical the government has become. Please, woman, get armed! Being armed against tyranny is the American way.”
We’re cherry-picking, of course — there’s actually an interesting populist Con Law seminar going on there. But we’re fascinated that folks are suddenly objecting to Bush’s laws, now that someone else is administering them.