Now, there are a few separate issues here, and one is that of civil liberties and did the Secret Service overstep their bounds and honestly, I'm going to say they didn't here. And keep in mind that I think our civil liberties have been horribly eroded already. But, on the other hand, I just said in my journal yesterday that I would not be surprised if assassination attempts were made on either candidate. This is a particularly heated election and that's the Secret Service's job, to check out stuff like that. You would hope that they would be able to distinguish satire from actual threat, but again, I didn't see the entry itself so I can't say what kind of impression it gave. It's the Service's job to check things out. The permanent FBI file is unfortunate, but there you go.
It seems that someone from LJ turned Annie into the Secret Service, however, and apparently not because that person genuinely thought she was threatening the President, but to get revenge because of fandom politics. And if that's true? That person is an ass. A grade-A, I-don't-need-enemies-if-I-have-you, that-was-wholly-uncalled-for ass.
And the third--and most important--point: It is incredibly easy to forget that the internet is not a magical playworld where we can say things with real-world impunity. I've done it myself. It's easy to forget that just because you interact mostly with friends online that they are not the only attention you are attracting, that there's always Google, and that there's always going to be someone who doesn't like you, and unlike in the real world where you can say things and have them disappear into time and thin air, your online interactions are captured in print. Please, please, please be careful with what you say. Not just about the President, or political figures, or any of that. I've started being more careful about writing unlocked entries mentioning family members, for example,