While reporters and bloggers are busy tallying up the many, sundry ways the Department of Homeland Security has screwed up, the Department of Homeland Security seems to going after bloggers.
At least two travel bloggers — Chris Elliott and Steve Frischling — have received subpoenas from investigators asking who gave them a directive about increased security measures after the Christmas Day attempted bombing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Never mind that the document was widely disseminated to airline staff, that its major points were reported by traditional media outlets and that some of its provisions were spectacularly stupid. What’s important is to find someone to blame for making it public.
If the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security need something to investigate, here’s a suggestion, if I may quote Maureen Dowd of the New York Times:
If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?
Oh, wait. I know. Bloggers!