While the government investigates 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. Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott both wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident, and both were served with subpoenas by TSA Special Agents.
The agents also demanded that the bloggers reveal who was responsible for leaking the security directive to them. The government says that this specific directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
Frischling ended up meeting with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for three hours. On Wednesday morning he had another meeting with them, where he was forced to hand over his lap top computer. Frischling said that the agents then threatened to interfere with his contract at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, who he writes blogs for, if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked their memo.
The directive in question outlined new screening measures that went into effect the same day as the Christmas incident. It included many procedures that would be apparent to the traveling public, but it also listed people who would be exempted from these screening procedures, such as heads of state and their families.
This is the second time in one month that the TSA has discovered its sensitive airline security documents on the Internet. Courtersy of nytimes.com