Independent Journalists documenting the level of security theatre surrounding the Republican National Convention in Tampa were threatened with being “detained for 72 hours” by Homeland Security agents, after they filmed TSA employees occupying a Greyhound bus station close to the security perimeter.
The reporters with the Houston Free Thinkers captured video of no less than five blue shirted TSA workers manning the ticket office at the station, ready to conduct bag searches and pat downs on bus passengers.
The station, at 610 Polk Street, downtown Tampa was adorned with TSA and Homeland Security notices, designating it a high security screening area.
After filming the TSA workers inside, the reporters turned their attention to a parked Homeland Security vehicle across the street, claiming that the agent sat in the car was taking photographs of them.
Upon crossing the street to ask the agent why he was taking pictures, two more DHS vehicles pulled up and agents jumped out and immediately confronted the reporters, asking them for ID.
When the reporters refused to provide ID and asked why they were being detained, once DHS agent stated “You are filming a federal compound… that in itself is against the law.”