Diary

TSA gets serious about security!

Well sure you can still sneak bomb-making materials onto a plane, but you’re in some serious hot water if you leak any TSA insider info!

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.

Don’t you feel safer already?

It’s always amusing to see the double standard in play when it comes to leaks. Back in the 60s and 70s, leaks to the press were viewed as heroic: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Deep Throat with Woodward and Bernstein, etc. Leaks that hurt Bush from the CIA or elsewhere were viewed with appreciative chuckles. But damn it that Valerie Plame leak needed to get people sent to prison!!

And now we have the TSA. As of Labor Day Obama hadn’t even nominated someone to head up the TSA, so we know how high it was on his priority list. But this near-bombing of flight 253 has woken him up. Now all of a sudden he’s trying to blame Bush for creating the problem and the GOP because his recent union-picked TSA nominee isn’t approved yet. And now we have leaks from the TSA – oh the horror! I suspect the priority will be plugging those leaks before plugging the gaping holes in passenger security.

And to make it especially ironic, we may never have heard of Barack Obama were it not for some REALLY convenient leaks of private personal info on two opponents when he ran for office in Illinois.