Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

Many who read blogs and listen to talk radio, such as Dennis Miller’s show, know Michael Yon. For CAJ readers who might not be familiar with him, here is a brief excerpt from his bio on Wikipedia:

Michael Yon (age 45) is an American author, independent reporter, columnist, photographer, and blogger. He served in the Special Forces in the early-1980s, one of the youngest soldiers to pass the Green Beret selection process, and he became a general freelance writer in the mid-1990s. He focused on military writing after the invasion of Iraq. Yon has been embedded on numerous occasions with American and British troops in Iraq, most prominently a deployment with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four) of the 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, Iraq that ended in September 2005…

…In 2008, The New York Times reported that he has spent more time embedded with combat units than any other journalist in Iraq. He shifted from blogging from Iraq to blogging from Afghanistan in August 2008. His work is supported primarily by donations from readers…

Eight hours ago, Yon posted this to his page on Facebook.com:

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.

At CAJ we think it is an outrage that a citizen of our nation would be treated in this manner for rightfully refusing to disclose his income while those who enter the United States illegally are about to be gifted the full benefits of citizenship by our leaders. This incident in Seattle is yet another example of how America has become a nation of twisted and obscene priorities.

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