Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Homeschooler arrested under Patriot Act

Homeschooled sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby was arrested under the Patriot Act and removed from his home for allegedly making a bomb threat from his computer; despite the fact that there was no evidence other than a phone call made with his IP address.

I don't know if this young man made the call or not, but the actions taken by law enforcement officials do seem to be excessive. Especially when you consider that KNOWN terrorists have been cleared for release from from Guantanamo Bay. It really makes you wonder who our government thinks is a "real" threat to our country, does it not?

UPDATE: Thanks to Izzy for this providing a link to this update which states that Aston Lundeby is NOT being held under the Patriot Act. More info here. It appears that he is being held in a juvenile facility in Indiana and prosecutors are seeking to change his status so he can tried as an adult. Lundeby is being charged with a violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e), which prohibits sending false information about an attempt to kill, injure or intimidate any individual or to unlawfully to damage any building through an instrument of interstate commerce.

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