Can’t prevent a terrorist attack? Subpoena a blogger, then!
Blogger gets a subpoena from the Department of Homeland Security for
All documents, emails, and/or faxsimile transmissions (sic) in your control possession or control concerning your receipt of TSA [Transportation Security Administration] Security Directive 1544-09-06 dated December 25, 2009.
as soon as soon as airlines and airports began implementing the directive—and that began before the bloggers posted their copies.
The document was not classified.
As the government reviews 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 who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.
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.
The Lid reminds us that the TSA
accidentally posted their procedures guide on the net, and while the secret parts were blacked out, there are software programs that can help people with nefarious intent to see under those “black marks.”
Will the TSA supoena themselves next?
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