Report: TSA Special Agent who threatened blogger spaces out, drops notebook in public place

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43 Responses to “Report: TSA Special Agent who threatened blogger spaces out, drops notebook in public place”

  1. Anonymous says:

    @ other Anonymous:

    Re: spiral count.

    Don’t count the spirals, count the HOLES they go through. Both notebooks have 13 holes, and if you look, the last “spiral” is actually the end loop going back through the hole again to keep the wire from unraveling out of the holes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Upstate NY is common usage. If in Manhattan, uptown.

    Who are these people? Upper NY??

    I find it hard to believe that the blogger would let anyone in without a warrant.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Has anyone else noticed that the spiral binding on the notebook on the left (14 weird and loopy spirals) is completely different than the one on the right ( 13 nice and tight spirals)?????? Just saying. I’m smelling a little fish.”

    See a doctor for that smelling problem. And see an optometrist also:
    Photo on the left is closed giving an unobscured view of the wire binding. Photo on the right the notebook is open and obscures most of the wire binder – you cannot see “13 nice and tight spirals”.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Great. Spiral Truthers.

  5. FriendNdeed says:

    Isn’t it innnnnnnnnnnteresting that this thread was thrown spiraling off track by one anonymous writer’s accusation that the photos of the notebook smelled of fish. Did it make you feel better to see the next writer agreed with them? Except that second blogger is called anonymous. It can’t be the same anonymous blogger agreeing with themselves, can it? Pretty good job of creating a diversion, no? Give them credit. They’re learning, people.

    Kinda creepy to think they are watching. Learning. Absorbing. Utilizing. Evolving. Whoa, I don’t mean the TSA. I mean those crappy little grocery store discount cards we’ve been swiping for years. They whetted the monster’s appetite for our data. That gave them a taste of what it’s like to feed on our data.

    ‘Scuse me for a second… Now who could that be…. knocking on my door at this hour?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Spiral Truthers: Not only the hole count, but also look at the way the spirals bend (or don’t) in the first photo — which match how they bend in the second photo. The light is dimmer in the second photo, which gives the illusion of thicker, darker wire, but you can clearly see it is thin silver wire in the fourth hole from the left.

    • Michael Smith says:

      Looking at the linked blog I got the impression that the scrappy notebook at the top of the page is just intended to give the impression that this is an article about notebooks. They don’t put them side by side the way BB does and don’t present them as being the same book.

  7. tizroc says:

    So I took a picture of one of mine. It does appear to look black when in shade without proper lighting.. as it has picked the darkness of the silver.

    Also a close review you can see the wires bending at the odd angles since the majority of the wires are covered because the top hasn’t been flipped open properly. The wires are being about 70% covered. It is hard to tell, but knowing the idiotic moves the guys made (subpoena, no backup media, breaking the keyboard and many other stupid moves…) I will have to say this is totally believable in the light of that.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey don’t knock the notebook (created with pride by Americans who are blind). I work overseas for the State Deparment and we use those things every day. They’re free and they’re awesome.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can we please stop calling these people security guards? This is getting embarrassing.

  10. bolamig says:

    Something I’ve often wondered: are law enforcement officers required to reimburse citizens for property damage they cause in the course of executing their duties? For instance if the TSA breaks down my door to image my hard drive and figure out how I got a copy of a TSA agent’s SSI-protected information into my browser cache, are they required to fix it? Or if they break the laptop of someone cooperating with them, are they required to reimburse?
    BTW, google “strange spirals” if you want something to direct your spiral-debunking skills at. I see nothing contradictory between the two photos, just different viewpoints.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “I don’t think you know how much trouble you’re in,”
    I take by saying that you mean I shouldn’t say a word to you and call my lawyer? No problemo!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Would have been funny if it said:

    TSA Agent’s Notes
    ____________________

    1. Treathen bloggs
    2. ????
    3. Profit

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi everybody. Mary Kirby (aka Runway Girl) here. It is the same notebook. I’ve updated the blog to give you a closer look at the spiral.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2010/01/exclusive-tsa-agents-notebook.html

  14. Runway Girl says:

    I’ve just updated the blog to include a close-up of the actual spiral. I think it will answer your questions about the holes.

  15. CapnMarrrrk says:

    I’m pretty sure this is the other information in the notebook.: http://is.gd/5LaRM

  16. Alex says:

    Apparently there’s no penmanship section on the TSA Special Agent Qualifying Exam…

  17. Felton says:

    I believe he dropped this as well.

  18. MrPerfidy says:

    To be fair to the TSA, they probably didn’t send their best and brightest on Operation: Intimidate Bloggers. It feels more like one of those stupid things a boss orders on a whim in the middle of a tirade, and probably got tasked to “New Guy” and “that scary-looking temp.”

  19. Aurini says:

    So… I take it that 24 isn’t, in fact, how spy agencies actually work in real life? One has to wonder what these spooks see every morning when they look in the mirror.

    I’m reminded of the fumbling IAD detectives in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. I’ll bet these jokers even look similar.

    • Daemon says:

      For what it’s worth, the TSA isn’t a spy agency either. They aren’t even a police agency. They’re basically security guards with delusions of grandeur.

      • IronEdithKidd says:

        That’s what’s bothering me about this whole story. The TSA can’t legitimately show up at anyone’s doorstep and demand anything.

        Honestly, if a couple rent-a-cops showed up on my doorstep demanding they be let in to conduct a search, I’d be calling 911 to report a home invasion in progress.

      • 3eff_jeff says:

        They’re basically security guards with delusions of grandeur.

        And just in case the meaning of that sentence isn’t 100% clear in your mind, dear reader, you may wish to review this.

    • gollux says:

      24 isn’t even how real life operates in real life.

      • Church says:

        “24 isn’t even how real life operates in real life.”

        I’ve used Visual Basic and I can assure you it does.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I cant draw my eyes away from the lowercase i in “JOURNALiST”. Sure, it is a personal pet-peeve, but I cant fathom that the nation is being protected by anybody who puts a lowercase letter in the middle of a clearly uppercase word. Why does “i” get that treatment ?

  21. Runway Girl says:

    I wonder if the TSA dropped its subpoenas because it knew that the special agents who visited Steven Frischling’s house broke the rules including misplacing a notebook associated with their investigation of Frischling.

  22. gollux says:

    So, we now know how “Hot Shorts” got on the airplane? The TSA agent assigned to hand carry the database information from the embassy liason dropped his little notepad and so it never made it into the “No-Fly” database?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Newly added to the list of MAFIAA, the MPAA/RIAA now know TSA.

  24. antfarmer says:

    Maybe the blogger should have had one of these Target “Come Back with a Warrant” doormats:
    http://www.target.com/Come-Back-Warrant-Doormat/dp/B00020O572

  25. Bloodboiler says:

    Created by the blind.
    Used by the simple.

  26. Anonymous says:

    The best part was this very special agent was “serving” a subpoena, not a warrant. He went out of his way to threaten a citizen with what amounted to a lawyer’s wish list. Any lawyer worth his salt would have told the agent to leave the premises with his tail tucked between his legs. The lawyer who sent out a subpoena to a blogger should be sanctioned and disciplined by his bar, and the agent should be fired for pulling such a sleazy deception to get “consent” for a search.

  27. FriendNdeed says:

    the scattered letters that are darkened by repeated pen strokes (like the “R” and “Y” in “uppeR nY”. I’m not searching for a secret word. I’d guess that the agent’s are told to periodically nod and write something (anything!) on their pad. The presence of so many such letters is a giveaway that the agents didn’t hear much that interested them. If they DID hear something significant, they would’ve written that instead of darkening another random vowel. I suppose our taxpayer dollars have gone to train them to simply nod at strategic moments and scribble busily on their pad, perhaps to unnerve the person being interviewed.

  28. Anonymous says:

    For everyone’s information, the Federal Government is mandated by Congress to buy from NIB/NISH if they make what you are looking for. Skillcraft is the main National Industry for the Blind source for most office supplies.
    I don’t like that size of steno pad, myself. I prefer the next size up (6.5″ x 9″)k it has more space.

  29. Ian70 says:

    Oh genius. How long until buddy shows up at Mary Kirby’s house asking where she got her info?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the spiral binding on the notebook on the left (14 weird and loopy spirals) is completely different than the one on the right ( 13 nice and tight spirals)?????? Just saying. I’m smelling a little fish.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Nice catch. The notebook cover on the left does not match the picture on the right. Looks to me like someone is trying to play a little game here, and everyone eagerly bought it.

  32. brianary says:

    How perfect is it that even their notepads are “narrow ruled”?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Yes, doesn’t look like the same notebook to me, either. Don’t understand that because if you were going to fake that why not use the same notebook for both pics?

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