Always remember, and never forget, that the protections of the United States constitution extend only to U.S. citizens, and not to those hoping to visit the US. That is something that British teenager Luke Angel found out the hard way, when an email he sent to U.S. President Barack Obama landed him on the “banned forever from and never allowed entry to the United States” list. No freedom of speech for Luke!
It all started when Luke had apparently tippled a few too many, and decided to send an email to Mr. Obama. The email, it seems, contained a few too many expletives for the Feds’ liking.
Luke Angel “had sent an email to the White House which was full of abusive and threatening language,” according to one law enforcement official familiar with the case.
Luke, unable to plead the 5th, instead pleaded to being too drunk to actually remember what he had written, although he admitted emailing the Prez.
Says Angel, “I don’t remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk. But I think I called Barack Obama a prick. It was silly – the sort of thing you do when you’re a teenager and have had a few.”
Not, perhaps, his family’s most shining hour.
But still, should that result in a permanent ban on entering the United States – ever?
How does Angel feel about his permanent banishment? According to him, “I don’t really care… but my parents aren’t very happy about it.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency (which is part of the Department of Homeland Security) explained that “there are a variety of reasons why a person could be banned from entering the United States.”
[For a list of the reasons that someone can be banned from entry to the United States, see here.