An innocent Facebook post or an act of terrorism? Plenty of people are asking themselves that question after news broke that a Drury Hotel in Missouri fired an employee for posting photos of Department of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the hotel parking lot. The Navy veteran is baffled by his former employer's decision to fire him after it acted as though he was a terrorist.
Mark Paffrath worked 30 minutes from Ferguson, Missouri, and thought it was strange that dozens of DHS officers were staying near the city. He thought it had something to do with tense situation in Ferguson after the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
A law enforcement source told CNN the Department of Homeland Security does have additional resources in place to protect federal buildings, but they're also there because the world's attention is on Ferguson, which could attract attackers looking to make a statement.
Paffrath also posted a message with the photos.
"Why are all these vehicles here, I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson? #Ferguson, #No justice, no peace."
So, was Drury right to fire Paffrath or was this just an overreaction?