24 jan. 2009

Tomato juice can lead to charges defined as terrorism

Tamera Jo Freeman was on a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver in 2007 when her two children began to quarrel over the window shade and then spilled a Bloody Mary into her lap.
She spanked each of them on the thigh with three swats.
It was a small incident, but one that in the heightened anxiety after the Sept. 11 terroristattacks would eventually have enormous ramifications for Freeman and her children.
A flight attendant confronted Freeman, who responded by hurling a few profanities and throwing what remained of a can of tomato juice on the floor.
The incident aboard the Frontier flight ultimately led to Freeman's arrest and conviction for a federal felony defined as an act of terrorism under the Patriot Act, the controversial federal law enacted after the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.
more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-na-airline-felonies20-2009jan20,0,2927070,full.story

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