The fine folks at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum are placing online videos of the speeches at last week’s conference. Here’s the first talk I gave (the “Libertarian Hooligan” speech should be online later).
As I was going through the TSA checkpoint last Sunday at the Manchester, NH airport, I was cross-examined by a TSA Behavior Detection Officer (BDO). The BDO engages in “chat-downs” of travelers to select which passengers are pulled aside for special searches or third-degree interrogation. (I paid tribute to those dudes in a Washington Times piece a few months ago.)
This BDO guy was a colicky, low-watt, middle-aged white guy who looked like he signed on with TSA after receiving a pension for spending 30 years writing parking tickets in some one-horse New England town.
He asked if I was traveling on business or pleasure.
“What were doing in New Hampshire?” he grumbled.
“I was giving a speech on the TSA.”
“Huh. How did it go?”
“It was a great audience. They seemed to really enjoy the speech.”
“Okay” – and he shrugged and signaled I could move along.
I was waiting for his followup question – and I would have told him folks liked the speech because every person there despised his agency and would like to see him thrown out of his uniform and into the street.
The NH Liberty Forum is part of the Free State Project – stockful of hard-working hardliners who are trying to change their state & the nation.