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Freedom of Speech or Crying "Fire" in a Theater?

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    A teenage girl posted a threatening tweet on her Tweeter feed aimed at American Airlines. She was arrested yesterday. Now, about a dozen other people are throwing up similar Tweeter posts.

    So here is the question (for the sake of argument lets pretend this happens in the US). Is this type of speech protected under the 1st Amendment or would this be equivalent to screaming 'fire' in a crowded theater?

    On one hand, this type of speech doesn't immediately threaten the well being of people like screaming "fire" would. But on the other hand, every single one of these threats would have to investigated no matter how silly they are which would waste vast amounts of resources, time and tax dollars for each of the investigations.

    I personally think it should be taken as seriously as prank calling 911.