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Michael Yon detained at Seattle airport

The front-line blogger is handcuffed upon returning home from Asia. Clearly his captors have never read O. Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief. His report: 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 ...

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The front-line blogger is handcuffed upon returning home from Asia. Clearly his captors have never read O. Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief.

His report:

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 eve…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.

Reminds me of the time Lady Emma Sky, having labored to revamp the U.S. approach in the Iraq war, was invited to come to Washington to give a speech at a CIA conference on Iraq-and for her pains was pulled into a side room at Kennedy Airport for a little chat.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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