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TSA subpoenas bloggers for sources

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Baron Scicluna, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    This ought to get interesting, with so much being said about the lack of rules and laws regarding the Internet. The Transportation Security Administration served subpoenas on two travel bloggers seeking the names of their anonymous sources

  2. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    Before anyone jumps to slam "it showed up in my box" defense, I actually something similar happen to me years ago while covering a federal case more than once.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You do not want to mess with the feds and sure as hell don't lie to them. The love to bite you in the ass for that.
  4. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    If they can't stop bombers they might as well stop bloggers.
  5. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    So they'll at least stop one of Bob Loblaw's means of communication.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    But the Attempted bomber -- alleged bomber in the President's parlance -- has been read his rights, assigned a lawyer, and allowed to remain silent.

    These bloggers will be under more pressure to spill their guts than the bomber.

    I know which one I consider a bigger threat.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The TSA's thinking will be that someone -- maybe one of their own -- is spreading information that they don't want spread that could endanger lives of passengers.

    I would not want to be one of those bloggers.
  8. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    I wouldn't mind being one of those bloggers -- he's getting a new computer:

  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The TSA is such a lightweight. Geez. Can't they intimidate bloggers better than that?
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member


  11. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Except that what they were reporting had already been distributed to airlines and airports, etc.

    That's what one of the local (to one of the bloggers) papers said.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    That new computer is a Trojan Horse.

    As soon as he uses it, he'll never be able to freelance for the New York Times.
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