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‘The System Worked’ Again

05 January 2010 @ 18:10

From Hot Air, Ed Morrissey reporting, we learn that the great war correspondent, Michael Yon was detained at Seattle Airport:

Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income:

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.

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.

Instead of hassling American citizens about their income or watching the ice melt, how about paying attention to actual security and intelligence issues? Please?

That would make too much sense.  Back in the early 1980’s, after I had been working for the government for a few years, I formulated BOB BELVEDERE’S RULE NUMBER 1 for Government Employees:

If it makes sense, don’t do it.

No one has ever been able to successfully challenge the validity of the Rule.

[Big tip of the fedora to GatorDoug]

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