Michael Yon Arrested At Seattle Airport

by Crocker on January 5, 2010, 2:20 pm

in Law,Military,Terrorism

This is a breaking story.

I’ve long been a fan of Michael Yon, embedded war correspondent par excellence. Although now a civilian, Yon is special forces trained and understands the military like few others. His reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan has been both fearless and honest.

As reported on his Facebook page, Yon was just arrested at the Seattle airport.

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 eve…ntually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from the border bullies.

His next response was exactly what mine would have been:

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.

In recent years, I’ve been through airports in Britain, the EU, Russia, Japan and South Korea and I’ve never been asked about my income. I have, however, been treated rudely by TSA officials right here at home – especially the ones at JFK and Dulles when returning from abroad.

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

UPDATE: Big Government has posted an interview with Yon. Not a pretty picture of TSA.

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