So you remember that terrorist watch list that grew to 1 million names recently?? Apparently one of those names belongs to Drew Griffin, a CNN reporter who did a series of unflattering reports about the TSA.
In a move that comes off as very vindictive, Griffin has been hassled every time he flies since those pieces aired in May.
“Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA. Eleven flights now since May 19. On different airlines, my name pops up forcing me to go to the counter, show my identification, sometimes the agent has to make a call before I get my ticket,” Griffin reported. “What does the TSA say? Nothing, at least nothing on camera. Over the phone a public affairs worker told me again I’m not on the watch list, and don’t even think that someone in the TSA or anyone else is trying to get even.”
The TSA, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, said Griffin’s name wasn’t even on the watch list, and the agency blamed the airlines for the delays the reporter experienced. The airlines, on the other hand, said they were simply following a list provided by TSA.
The TSA obviously denies any impropriety, but let’s be real.? This stinks to high heaven of yet another government agency not doing it’s job properly.? Or at least someone in the agency got upset and took some liberties.? Nothing like Freedom of the Press, those pesky First Amendment rights just getting in the way of the government.