Suddenly everything clicked into place.
Michael is part of a trained voluntary force that tracks and records storm systems for the national weather service. He had peeled off the road and shot a developing storm system. Someone spotted him and called the cops. When the cops arrived, Michael was already gone, so the cops informed Homeland Security. HS sent the FBI to question Michael.
In all fairness, due to the location, I can see why this looked suspicious. Michael did nothing wrong and broke no laws in the process, and the FBI merely followed up and asked a bunch of questions to make sure nothing suspicious was really going on. I get it. I support it.
But here is what made Michael feel rather weird and concerned. During the normal routine questioning, the agent pulled out a set of papers and began reading pre-made questions off of them and writing down his response to each. And here is where I start to get a bit cranky as well. I mean ask me some questions, sure. Make sure I am not some whack job and my answers make sense. But when you start asking questions like, "What is the last school you attended? What was the school before that? What dates did you go there? Have you ever been out of the country? When?" Oh and my personal favorite... "Have you ever served in the military?"
Carlos Miller, a guest writer for Pixiq, follows up on this story over on their website. He, himself, is engaged in a legal battle where he is suing the Miami-Dade Police for wrongful arrest and deleting his images. You can read more on Pixq here and more on Carlos arrest here.