Joseph Farah, editor of the Internet tabloid WorldNetDaily, was detained at the Dulles Airport after TSA screeners found a loaded 38 caliber revolver in his carryon luggage. He faces a class 1 misdemeanor charge, says The Southern Poverty Law Center web site.
Farah famously claimed to have created the birther movement. His WorldNetDaily “Where’s the Birth Certificate” billboards and a similarly-named book by Jerome Corsi popularized the movement, and their support for Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse kept the movement alive after Obama released his long-form birth certificate.
I wonder what he planned to do with that gun?
Farah has commented on his experience in an article at WorldNetDaily calling his action “something stupid.” Farah then goes on to use the incident to push some other left-wing bashing agenda.
Farah and WorldNetDaily have been very critical of the TSA, writing a series of articles such as:
- The Crimes of the TSA
- Proven: TSA Hires Murderers, Rapists, Thieves
- TSA luggage inspector charged with stealing iPads
- TSA worker steals $500 as punishment for complaining
- 95-year-old veteran: ‘Do I look like a terrorist?’
- TSA detains woman because of ‘attitude’
- Bizarre TSA ‘freeze’ security drill caught on camera
- Stupid airport security, part 2
- TSA critic Alex Jones detained by TSA
- TSA humiliates injured Marine
- Airport tyranny
- Teen girl’s ‘skimpy’ outfit too hot for TSA
- TSA agent: ‘We laugh at your nude images’
- Sobbing woman ‘groped’ by TSA agent
- TSA detains 3-year-old in wheelchair
- ‘Secret order’ cited to dismiss complaints against TSA
That’s not half of them. You would think that Farah feels the way about the TSA as I feel about birthers.
This article appears because I felt that my readers would want to know about the Farah incident. There is some satisfaction seeing what I think is a successful “bad person” get his comeuppance.1 It is not intended as evidence that birthers are a special class of scofflaw, at least not consciously. Perhaps part of it is that vocal birthers hold themselves as upholders of the law (in particular the Constitution) and ones who resist what they perceive as the lawlessness of the Executive. The “Birthers behaving badly” series seeks to poke holes in that argument with counterexamples, but don’t expect tomorrow’s headline to be “Birther fined for littering.”
1I don’t think I’ve ever written that word before.