Michael Yon Arrested
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.
Michelle Malkin files this under “Homeland Security is a Joke,” along with news that 76-year-old comedienne Joan Rivers was “deemed a danger to national security and booted from a Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica on Sunday by a jittery Continental Airlines gate agent who found the two names on her passport fishy.” Because, you know, 76-year-old Jewish ladies in expensive clothes are as likely as anyone to blow up the plane.
In an update, Yon posts,
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.
We’ve got only Yon’s side of the story thus far and it honestly doesn’t make much sense. While I’ve never flown in and out of Seattle, I’ve flown in and out of the country several times post-9/11 and have never been asked, coming or going, how much I made or anything more personal than “What’s the purpose for your visit?” If, however, they are asking these sort of insipid questions — let alone handcuffing people who refuse to answer them — our airline security system has even more problems than I thought.
Yon’s got some interesting stamps on his passport. But it’s an American passport. Yon doesn’t exactly have the markings of an al Qaeda operative about him.