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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Michael Yon Arrested

The Conservative blogosphere is exploding with this story. Michael Yon is a former Green Beret and has been a war blogger covering the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and even skirmishes in the Phillipines. Here's the story.

Airport security is a big deal these days. But since when has reporting your income been a matter of national security?

Michael Yon is an ex-Green Beret turned war correspondent who's spent much of the past four years covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His passport, therefore, is likely to have the kind of stamps that might make TSA agents think twice, especially in the wake of Christmas Day's underpants bomber.

Big Government has the exclusive interview.

At this point the TSA officials escorted Yon to a designated screening area where they examined the contents of his bag. “Then they asked me how much money I make,” Yon said. Yon suggested to the TSA officials that the question was inappropriate and unrelated to transportation security.

The award-winning blogger noted another TSA officer approached Yon: “he asked who do I work for.” ”I did not answer the question which clearly was upsetting to the TSA officers.”

Yon was escorted to a room elsewhere in the airport where he said he remained silent during much of the questioning. According to Yon, “they handcuffed me for failing to cooperate. They said I was impeding their ability to do their job.”

Details are still streaming in and TSA plans on telling their side soon. The story remains fluid.

1 comment:

FourMartins said...

I followed his site for a while, several years ago. The photos moved me beyond words. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.... if he was simply being uncooperative (and, in my opinion, failing to answer the question, who do you work for, is indeed uncooperative) I'll be a bit disappointed.

The bigger picture, for me anyway, is that TSA hyper-controls independent aircraft carriers. Interrogation of passengers should primarily be left at the discretion of the airlines. Bureaucracy adds very little to the equation, in terms of increased safety.