The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Christopher Johnson blogged this incident reported on CNN article:

Paul Kenneth Donahue, 50, and Teresa Marie Wood, 46, had been scheduled to fly from San Jose, California, to Atlanta, Georgia, on Delta Flight 576 Tuesday. When their bags were put through a bomb detection machine, federal screeners found what turned out to be a snow boot with batteries, wires and an electrical power strip arranged in a suspicious way.

Screeners also found a note that read, "To the uniformed puppet opening this bag -- congratulations. You've just brought this once free nation one step closer to becoming a fascist police state," according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Robert Johnson. The note was scribbled on one side of the cardboard torn from a box of Cracklin' Oat Bran.

Johnson then added

Thankfully, the happy couple are currently in the San Jose slammer, hopefully for quite a while. Thanks to Michelle at A Small Victory.

I fail to share Johnson's enthusiasm for the vigorous prosecution of the crime of lese-majeste -- even considering that it appears to be the only offense that our glorious federal airport police know or care how to fight.



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