Blog Posts: Alexandra M. Tronolone

Alexandra M. Tronolone

Empty Threats? Social Media, National Security, and the First Amendment

Last week brought President Barack Obama to North Carolina for the Democratic National Convection (“DNC”), and with his arrival came the expected security concerns—run of the mill political protests and direct physical threats come to mind first. But it’s 2012, and things are different now.

The day before the DNC began, a 21-year-old named Donte Jamar Sims tweeted, “Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag,” and "The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead." According to court documents and CNN, a Secret Service intelligence research specialist discovered the tweets. If Sims is convicted of threatening the President, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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