TSA Shows Us Who the Real Terrorists Are: Bloggers?!
As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.
TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about three hours and again on Wednesday morning when he was forced to hand over his lap top computer. Frischling said the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo.
"It literally showed up in my box," Frischling told The Associated Press. "I do not know who it came from." He said he provided the agents a signed statement to that effect.
In a Dec. 29 posting on his blog, Elliott said he had told the TSA agents at his house that he would call his lawyer and get back to them. Elliott did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
The TSA declined to say how many people were subpoenaed.
So it isn't enough for them to pat you down, subject you to humiliation in front of half of the 9:30 flight to Atlanta, and make you yell out obscenities like "That's MY 'Crap! Obama is a Marxist' netbook!" (or was that just me?), now the TSA wants to know where bloggers get their leaks. Since when can the Air Gestapo demand a direct violation of journalist/source privilege?
Why in the hell is the TSA chasing down the bloggers when the terrorists are probably in Wal-mart AS WE SPEAK getting their Fruit of the Booms for the next planned attack?
Way to fail, asshats. Oh wait, I better shut my big mouth before I get branded a terrorist. Shhhhh...