Feds Subpoena Bloggers For Posting TSA Security Memo


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Federal agents went to the homes of two bloggers Tuesday to issue subpoenas in an effort to find out who leaked them a memo on the Transportation Security Administration’s enhanced security procedures in the wake of the failed Christmas Day terror attack.

The agents looked through the computer, Blackberry, and iPhone of one of the bloggers, and told him they’d sit outside his house until he gave them the information they wanted, he says.

On Sunday, Chris Elliott, a well-regarded travel journalist who writes for National Geographic, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, published on his blog a TSA security directive, issued in the hours after the failed bombing incident. The directive, which went to airline, airport, and government personnel, outlined enhanced screening procedures, including performing a “thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso.”

Around the same time, Steven Frischling, who writes a blog for KLM Dutch Royal airlines, posted the same directive.

Two days later, agents for the TSA, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, visited both men at home, and issued them subpoenas.

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