Clowns to the left of me… Clowns to the right…
TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger’s home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling’s laptop Wednesday.
Photo: Thomas Cain/Wired.com
Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber.
Special agents from the TSA’s Office of Inspection interrogated two U.S. bloggers, one of them an established travel columnist, and served them each with a civil subpoena demanding information on the anonymous source that provided the TSA document.
The document, which the two bloggers published within minutes of each other Dec. 27, was sent by TSA to airlines and airports around the world and described temporary new requirements for screening passengers through Dec. 30, including conducting “pat-downs” of legs and torsos. The document, which was not classified, was posted by numerous bloggers. Information from it was also published on some airline websites.
“They’re saying it’s a security document but it was sent to every airport and airline,” says Steven Frischling, one of the bloggers. “It was sent to Islamabad, to Riyadh and to Nigeria. So they’re looking for information about a security document sent to 10,000-plus people internationally. You can’t have a right to expect privacy after that.”
Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Suzanne Trevino said in a statement that security directives “are not for public disclosure.”
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Well, clowns to the left of me, clowns to the right… It seems to me that the TSA is feeling a bit of a sting lately, deservedly so in fact! However, this whole incident only makes it quite clear these guys are just below keystone cops.
First off, the document in question was PUBLISHED on air carrier web sites and is NOT marked SSI, which, if you have been paying attention to my posts, is not exactly protected as it should be according to its marking. You can Google all kinds of their documents that they are not protecting properly, so who needs an inside source at TSA huh?
Then there is the whole story about the “imaging” of his hard drive;
The agents then said they wanted to take an image of his hard drive. Frischling said they had to go to WalMart to buy a hard drive, but when they returned were unable to get it to work. Frischling said the keyboard on his laptop was no longer working after they tried to copy his files. The agents left around 11 p.m. but came back Wednesday morning and, with Frischling’s consent, seized his laptop, which they promised to return after copying the hard drive.
THIS scares me. These guys could not get an external hard drive to work? AND I assume they were using COFEE and not EnCase etc. In fact, I am pretty sure that these guys were NOT at all certified to carry out any kind of forensics examination whatsoever. As such, any “evidence” they collected on site with any tools they had on hand (and they were NOT prepared with a jump kit) would be compromised at best and completely useless or inadmissable in court at worst.
Yep yep yep.. Pro’s.. Absolute pro’s.
This story is the epitome of how the DHS and TSA function and we all should be afraid.. Very afraid… They fuck up and then they try to strong arm anyone who has proof of their fuck ups.
Our government at work my friends.
Meanwhile, if you just Google the TSA/DHS domains for the new sooper sekret code words of “Directive SD-” you get all kinds of interesting hits.. Some even say SSI on them…
Feel the burn TSA.