On Friday, December 25, following the incident in which a Nigerian man attempted to blow up a US-bound flight, the TSA issued an urgent, non-classified security directive to thousands of contacts around the world—airlines, airports, and so on. On Saturday, December 26, airlines and airports around the world further circulated that emailed document and began implementing the procedures described. On Sunday December 27, two bloggers published the content of the TSA directive online (some portions had already been showing up on airline websites). And on Tuesday, December 29, Special Agents from the TSA’s Office of Inspection showed up at the homes of bloggers Steven Frischling and Christopher Elliott, and interrogated each on where they obtained the document. Both bloggers received civil subpoenas.
As far as I can tell, these guys didn’t do anything wrong, either legally wrong or ethically wrong. Nothing at all. Maybe I’m missing something, so point it out for me if I am.
Meanwhile, the day before the first bomb attack I posted on GunPundit that I didn’t think a press release about new Federal Air Marshal guns was a big deal, but that other “improperly redacted” information posted by the TSA itself, including information about security scanner weaknesses and the size of wire that was undetectable, WAS a big deal.
Why no heavy-handed response to their own leaks but they jump all over a couple of bloggers who posted already-public information?
Could it be because they’re basically idiots? Just a thought.
Actually, it’s hard to tell whether these are cases of going after “easy targets” instead of hard ones, or if they’ve just got a different set of enemies than they should. Probably a combination of the two.