Monday, September 21, 2015

Free speech watch

Miley Cyrus
With a hat-tip to The Weirick, who mentions the incident on his Task & Purpose blog, here's a link to a Daily Beast story about the U.S. Air Force's investigation and grounding of four pilots who used Miley Cyrus references in text messages. Excerpt:
Imagine every off-color text message and ill-considered joke you’ve ever sent a friend was scooped up by authorities and used against you as evidence of a serious crime. 
That’s what a group of Air Force pilots have accused their commanding officers of doing in an investigation that could wreck the pilots’ careers. And the strangest part: These allegations of drug use were based solely on a series of text messages—texts that often were little more than quotes from the lyrics of rappers and professionally naughty pop starlets.

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