“Shortly before 7:00pm this evening [December 31, 2009] I received a phone call that would end this year and allow me to have a Happy New Year,”writes Steven Frischling, who was served with a civil subpoena on December 27, 2009, by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of its investigation into how Frischling came into possession of security directive that he published on his blog, Flying with Fish, on Dec. 27, 2009. See “SD-1544-09-06 : This Comes To An End.”
The directive was issued December 25, 2009, following Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab alleged attempt “to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 as it approached Detroit [Michigan, USA] from Amsterdam on December 25 with almost 300 people on board.” The Federal Attorney in Detroit has charged the failed bomber with trying to blow up the plane. He is being held in a federal prison in Milan, Michigan,” according to Reuters.
“My call this evening came from John Drennan, the Transportation Security Administration’s Deputy Chief Counsel for Enforcement informing me that the TSA would no longer be pursing me for information regarding the identity of the person who sent me Security Directive SD-1544-09-06,” Frischling added.
If you want to read the directive that lead to the led to the issuance of the subpoena, see TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 : The Fallout From NW253. Also see Frischling’s December 31, 2009, post headlined “The Fallout From SD-1544-0906 : The Feds Take My Computer” and “The Fallout From SD-1544-09-06 : The Feds At My Door” for more background.
According to blogger Chris Elliott, who was also served with a TSA subpoena, “The Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn a subpoena that would have required me to furnish it with all documents related to the Dec. 25 TSA Security Directive published on this Web site.
If you want to read more about Elliott’s ordeal, see his December 31, 2009, post headlined “Department of Homeland Security: Your subpoena “is no longer necessary.” Also see his January 1, 2010, post headlined “To the team of friends, allies and advisers who helped make the subpoena go away.”