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January 6, 2010
War correspondent Michael Yon handcuffed at Seattle airport
Give me one good reason to buy a ticket on any domestic airline in the United States. Death in the family? I'll walk. Business trip? Let's try video conferencing. Vacation? Go Amtrak!
Michael Yon - a guy I've dubbed this generation's Ernie Pyle - was placed in handcuffs at the Seattle airport, not because he showed up on a terrorist's watch list but because he refused to divulge to the TSA bullies how much money he made.
Here's Yon's Facebook entry on the incident:
"Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came -- they were professionals -- and rescued me from the border bullies."
"When they handcuffed me, I said that no country has ever treated me so badly. Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our border bullies."
Michael discovered later that it was not TSA but rather Customs that was asking questions no American should have to answer. You have to wonder how bad things would have been if the underwear bomber had succeeded.