6/1/2010 – Open Letter To The TSA : I’d Like Some Answers About A Notebook Please
Throughout the past week there have been many questions regarding the Transportation Security Administration serving Chris Elliot and myself a subpoena in regard to the publishing of Security Directive SD-1544-09-06.
My intent in publishing SD-1544-09-06 was to help inform travellers, which has been my goal since the creation of Flying With Fish, not create a controversy. I had my opinions regarding SD-1544-09-06, but the document being controversial was not one of those opinions.
In the interest of furthering my core goal in writing Flying With Fish I’d like the opportunity to ask the TSA a few questioning regarding the investigation of SD-1544-09-06.
Two days ago Mary Kirby, a journalist with Flight Global, and author of the popular Runway Girl blog, wrote about the discovery of a notebook used in the investigation into my knowledge of SD-1544-09-06. Ms. Kirby has sought answers from the TSA, however the TSA is not returning her repeated phone calls over the past two days seeking information on the missing notebook.
Rather than debate this on Flying With Fish without giving the TSA the opportunity to comment, I’d like to give the TSA the opportunity to provide a statement regarding the notebook misplaced in a public area by a TSA Special Agent in this investigation.
Make no mistake, the notebook exists. I have seen the notebook, verified its content and know which agent notebook belongs to. The issue with the missing notebook is not insignificant, as the missing notebook appears to hold answers to certain questions regarding the investigation.
I’d like the opportunity to speak with someone within the Transportation Security Administration who can provide me with answers. I’d prefer not to have the conversation revolve around “We’ll have to call you back or email you the reply.”
The missing notebook is not about me, or even about the investigation that involved me…the missing notebook is about the larger issue at hand here. The larger issue is the accountability of a large agency charged with protecting the approximately 756,400,000 people who board approximately 13,531,000 flights annually in the United States.
I’d like some answers by 5:00pm EST today, Wednesday the 6th of January. Late this evening a follow up to the post will be written, with or without a TSA comment. In the end the TSA and I should have the same goal…the best interest of travelers and their security.
I know the TSA Public Affairs Office has my phone number..and I am not looking to kick-the-cage here, I’d just like a few answers please.
Note To Media & Journalists : I will not be answering any your questions…I will be the one asking the questions.