16-year-old home-schoolboy from North Carolina held under Patriot Act; UPDATE: Claim disputed

By Tracy R Twyman

UPDATE: There is backtracking on the Patriot Act claim now: here, and here.

From WRAL:

“Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby’s bedroom in his mother’s Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere – on the bed, on the floor, on the wall.

But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15.


Ashton now sits in a juvenile facility in South Bend, Ind. His mother has had little access to him since his arrest. She has gone to her state representatives as well as attorneys, seeking assistance, but, she said, there is nothing she can do.

Lundeby said the USA Patriot Act stripped her son of his due process rights.

‘We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can’t even defend.’ …

‘Never in my worst nightmare did I ever think that it would be my own government that I would have to protect my children from,’ Lundeby said. ‘This is the United States, and I feel like I live in a third world country now.’”


2 Responses to “16-year-old home-schoolboy from North Carolina held under Patriot Act; UPDATE: Claim disputed”

  1. PamH1955

    I love this site, however, in fairness you must read the article at http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/teenage-bomb-threat-suspect-was-an-internet-prank-phone-call-star/. There are a lot of great stories out there that need public attention, but remember that there are two sides to every story and I think this is one of them. Credibility is tied to accuracy. I looked at the source WRAL and the appear to appear to be a main-stream news source, but they may have gotten this story wrong, unless of course there is ANOTHER side of the story :-)

  2. quintpub

    Yeah, I found out yesterday about the rest of the story. That’s why I updated the post. Thanks for the new link.


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