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Jan 06, 2010


Uhm. No where in the blogpost you link to does is say Michael Yon is recanting, quietly or otherwise. Nor does it make any claim that the author ever actually talked to Michael (I doubt he has).

Mr Yon's facebook page was unclear as to who put him in handcuffs but he never said TSA did it. Others jumped to conclusions which he then corrected on the same facebook page (yesterday). I don't see him mentioning uniform colors, nothing.

If you are going to worry about the future of "journalism" it would help if you based your worries on the source you are complaining about instead of some second hand analysis on an unrelated blog.

Just seems like you are trying to pick a fight that is unnecessary. Good luck with that.

In fact, he says specifically that he was acosted by "border bullies" in his original Facebook post.

" Michael Yon 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."

In fact, on his Facebook page I can find no mention of TSA at all. "border bullies" seems to indicate to me that he was fully aware that he was dealing with officers from "border patrol".

Is there any indication he was carrying more than $10,000 in cash with him? If that was the case, that certainly would raise eyebrows (as did his travel history to troubled countries), but I fail to see how one's income has anything to do with that. As a long-time devotee to American Express, the amount of cash I have on my person bears positively no relation to my annual income. Regardless, I haven't read anywhere that Yon was carrying more than $10,000 in cash on him.

Between your misleading statements and your patently false claims about Yon's reporting, I anxiously await your "very clear correction".

I'm relying on the statement that "Michael discovered later that it was not TSA but rather Customs that was asking questions." That sure sounds like Yon first blamed TSA and only later "discovered" that he was questioned by CBP. But I agree that the Facebook entry doesn't name TSA. If that's the only place Yon reported on the encounter, then I've been too hard on him here.

On the other hand, here's an "exclusive interview" in which Yon clearly blames TSA:

"Regarding the incident in Seattle, Yon was adamant the TSA agents had overstepped their bounds: “If I am the guy on that passport and I don’t have any contraband in my luggage, it is a matter for the FBI, not the TSA.”

“TSA people are out of control,” he said. “They are not doing their jobs, they are harassing people, creating animosity. They ask you ‘what time is your connective flight?’ and they bully you until you miss the flight.”


Butthurt owner of this blog makes a butthurt post whining about how much his butt hurts, whines about how much inaccuracy hurts his butt, tries to smear the credibility of Michael Yon because his butt hurts, does so in the incredibly condescending (as in, if he was standing in front of you talking to you the way he wrote this post you'd bend his nose in a new direction) way only butthurt losers on the internet can manage, and manages to be inaccurate himself.

Why don't you hang it up Mr. Baker. At the least, this is one blog I'll never be returning to.

You're not new to the internet, and I know you are an intelligent person so lets work through this in a logic fashion.

"Exclusive interview"? Maybe. Maybe not. Most of the article seemed to just be regurgitating the facebook info or things said elsewhere. The rest seemed to be snippet quotes lacking proper context. If there was an interview it would be preferable to see the actual interview transcript. Video of him in context even better.

At the moment the only in context and known to be actually directly from Mr. Yon is his facebook page.

Something happened at SeaTec. Mr. Yon could be 100% right or wrong, but everyone is jumping to conclusions. Security video from the CDP inteview would clear all of this up. A clear statement from Mr. Yon would be nice as well.

But for now trying to crucify a guy via secondary sources and poorly written "interview" blogposts is just as intellectually honest as all the people who jumped to conclusions about the TSA in the first place.

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