Re: A violation of freedom of speech?
Yes, the TSA makes up the rules as they go along. Their "rules" are so open, they can stop anyone, for anything, at any time.
This was not about LIBEL. That is utter bullshit, and you know it Bake. He was released after it was determined writing a truth on his toiletries bag "wasn't a threat to national security".
It was about a group of people, with extremely minimal standards and training that are given more power than a police officer who makes a traffic stop, abusing power.
The government and the TSA expect this. That's why one of their rules is making any comment about a TSA employee can get you in trouble, it's the first rule they list on their signs.
As I put forward in my Terrorists Winning thread, unpopular agencies like the TSA are exactly why Bin Laden did what he did. A couple of water bottles of materials that theoretically could make a bomb were put on a plane recently for the same reason. Making our government less popular.
Bush has never hesistated to put ever more draconian "national security measures" on us...and thus, the terrorists really are winning.