...he'd have spent 6+ months in jail for "conspiracy to cause explosions":
You don't think so? Reconsider: two British kids have just been jailed for 6+ months for fantasizing about blowing up their school. They've been acquitted in court now, but only after half a year in jail: if that doesn't count as having your future destroyed then I don't know what does.
The interesting thing about the story: There never was any evidence of anything nasty beyond them having written down fantasies; there were no threats, nothing.
Orwell called that "thoughtcrime", and so would I. Yet another reason why I'm not about to visit the UK anytime soon.