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>> Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport. Bet it wouldn’t have happened if his name had been Mohammed

Posted on: January 6, 2010

» EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport – Big Government

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel detained and handcuffed a well-known military blogger Michael Yon yesterday at Seattle, Wash. airport SEATAC.  Yon certainly doesn’t look anymore like the people who have been  doing all the terrorist bombing than I do, but like me he was  stopped and searched.  He was also hand cuffed and asked questioned that had nothing to do with security;  I  just had to take my shoes off.  But in both cases the whole thing was a charade!  A white,. gray haired American lady  of obvious  slavic descent being escorted in a wheel-chaired  from one gate to her connecting flight by the airport personnel because she could not walk so far, and a well known blogger who is obviously not  of Middle Eastern descent.  Boy we Americans sure can feel safe that the Department of Homeland Security is right on the ball and  doing its job  to make sure no terrorists get past them!  BB

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport

by Publius Award winning war correspondent Michael Yon was detained and handcuffed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Yesterday by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel.

Yon was returning to the United States from Hong Kong to visit family when TSA officials stopped him during a routine security checkpoint.  “Officials asked me what was in my bag—nothing wrong with this question,” Yon said in an interview with  “I told them it was normal stuff, clothes and toothbrushes.”


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.”

Yon described the TSA officials as noticeably frustrated by his refusal to answer their questions: “I always assume everything is being recorded.  I was trying to be professional.”

Yon continued, “They said I wasn’t under arrest, but I’m handcuffed.  In any other country, that qualifies as an arrest.”

Ultimately Port Authority police released Yon; according to Yon, the police were “completely professional.”

In January of 2009, Yon’s article “Border Bullies” detailed a Homeland Security officer coercing a friend to give up her e-mail password so that he could read private email correspondences between her and Yon.

Regarding the incident in Seattle, Yon was adamant the TSA agents had overstepped their bounds: “If I am the guy on that passport and I don’t have any contraband in my luggage, it is a matter for the FBI, not the TSA.”

“TSA people are out of control,” he said. “They are not doing their jobs, they are harassing people, creating animosity.  They ask you ‘what time is your connective flight?’ and they bully you until you miss the flight.”

Read also:     CAIR Condemns U.S. Airport Anti-terrorism Measures


1 Response to ">> Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport. Bet it wouldn’t have happened if his name had been Mohammed"

These MORONS are loose canons on the deck. Now the Democrats want to appoint a LIAR to head TSA who wants to unionize the goons. Geez !!!

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