Saturday, July 13, 2013

sanity can still be found

Teen jailed for Facebook 'joke' is released


Brandon Griggs
CNN
12 July 2013

"The Texas teen facing a felony terrorism charge over an alleged threat on Facebook has been released on bail after an anonymous donor posted a $500,000 bond.
Justin Carter, 19, had spent five months in prison...

Asked by CNN's Bolduan what he might have done differently, Carter said, "I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing -- and everyone's writing -- is (on the Internet). People should be very, very careful of what they say. It's being recorded all the time, if you say it on any website, anywhere.

"And you can get in trouble for something that's not something you should get in trouble for. I just want people to be warned.""

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MUST READ LINK
Overview and history of case from Global Research

COMMENTARY
Thank God that, even in America, sanity can still be found: the anonymous donor is proof of it.

Readers should note what the teen warns. Is this truly the country we live in now?

Any parent who has raised sons well knows how unpredictable they can be, and in what shapes, sizes and notions they explode out into our otherwise quiet and tidy lives.

And how frequently they sound off, and it means nothing. An entire life can be recast in teen sarcasm and it certainly should be queried why most media accounts have steadfastly ignored two items:

  • the name of the vigilant citizen who reported the comment made on Facebook
  • the name of the judge (or district attorney) who set the bail

Global Research notes that a woman in Canada saw the comments the young man made on Facebook and contacted the police in Austin, Texas.

I say it again.

Canada.

Global Research also documents the name of the woman who oversaw the case after it was transferred from Austin to New Braunfels. I do not know if she is the individual who increased bail from a quarter of a million to half a million dollars; however, the state became involved when Mr. Carter was transferred between the two systems and it is the state who requested the increase.

Jennifer Tharp, the Comal County Criminal District Attorney prosecuting the case, would not have (to my most limited surmising) state jurisdiction. These matters are not within my expertise, however, and correction by any readers who can confirm these distinctions is welcome.

Many of the observe and intrude (if I may) incidents wherein vigilant citizens tattle on others may involve protection from public scrutiny. Who assigned the excessive amounts of bail, however, should be public record.

I realize that revealing names is volatile, and that, in the public that is the realm of public service, volatile is dangerous these days. Due to the facile manner in which the Internet promotes accountability and appropriate handling of public matters, many who have dealt less than appropriately with those whom they serve are not only having their misdeeds broadcast out into the very world's oversight (and in some sense duly receive what has, really, been given), but are frequently being set upon by a vigilante spirit that threatens both the erring servants and their families.

I do not at all support vigilantism.

And I am struck, there, by the thin line that divides vigilant (which too many devoted but otherwise most foolish citizenry might regard themselves) from vigilante (or, as Wikipedia says of vigilante, 'not to be confused with vigilant.'

Why not, pray tell?

Regardless of any word games that might toy with my attention therein, it remains that I do hold most plainly that, if you are willing to risk another's life and future in frivolous and life-destroying tattle-telling, you should certainly not hide your own.

[Note. A distinct difference there is between bloggers who borrow from non-transparency in order to speak as Everyman in one concern or another and those individuals who, in reporting others for perceived 'crimes,' are mere tattle-tales (and worse). Readers should note that distinction, as it is not the place of this post to distinguish it further. Ed.]