The Patriot Files Forums  

Go Back   The Patriot Files Forums > Warfare > Psychological

Post New Thread  Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-22-2010, 01:06 PM
Senior Member

Join Date: May 2002
Location: Ozarks
Posts: 4,632
Send a message via Yahoo to BLUEHAWK
Default TSA blocks web content

TSA To Block Websites With “Controversial Opinions”

In what seems to be one of the biggest attempts to censor the internet, the Transportation Security Administration has deemed it necessary to censor from their computers any website that might have a controversial opinion (which could include this website).

From InfoWars.Com:
The Transportation Security Administration will block all websites that contain “controversial opinion” from its federal computers in the latest example of how Internet censorship is expanding in both the private and public sector as the federal government prepares to push through a power grab that will empower President Obama to shut down the world wide web with an emergency decree.

“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agency’s computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a “controversial opinion,” according to an internal email obtained by CBS News.”

The new rules came into force on July 1, and prevent TSA employees from accessing such content, though what is deemed “controversial opinion” is not explained. Undoubtedly, the ban list will include websites which specialize in criticism of the government and federal agencies.
We have known for years that the government has talked about the possibility of censoring the internet to thwart opinion, but this is the biggest it has ever gotten. The TSA feels it needs to protect its employees and shut them out from any other opinion that will probably damage the reputation of the TSA...and it is not like they have a good one anyway.

We now that times are troubling when acts like this are taking place. When will we be able to get back to the way things use to be....or when people actually had the freedom to make sound decisions for themselves and not have some government tell them how it should be?

Missouri State Coordinator
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 07-22-2010, 03:57 PM
darrels joy's Avatar
darrels joy darrels joy is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Indian Springs
Posts: 5,964

TSA reverses policy on “controversial opinion” sites

posted at 10:12 am on July 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, TSA issued a memo to its employees that announced a new policy of filtering Internet access, and that among the sites to be blocked were those offering “controversial opinions.” After CBS reported the memo, conservative bloggers and the ACLU found some rare common ground for protest. Initially, TSA said that the memo didn’t refer to politics, but now the Washington Times reports that they’ve revised the policy anyway (via Weasel Zippers):
After an uproar from conservative bloggers and free-speech activists, the Transportation Security Administration late Tuesday rescinded a new policy that would have prevented employees from accessing websites with “controversial opinions” on TSA computers at work.

The ban on “controversial opinion” sites, issued late last week, was included as part of a more general TSA Internet-usage policy blocking employee access to gambling and chat sites, as well as sites that dealt with extreme violence or criminal activity.

But the policy itself became controversial as the Drudge Report and a number of conservative bloggers highlighted the possibility that the policy could be used to censor websites critical of the agency or of the Obama administration in general. The American Civil Liberties Union also questioned the language.

TSA spokeswoman Lauren Gaches said the agency’s revised “acceptable use” policy for Internet access on the agency’s network was designed to block sites “that promote destructive behavior to one’s self or others.”

“After further review, TSA determined the ‘controversial opinion’ category may contain some sites that do not violate TSA’s policy and therefore has concluded that the category is no longer being considered for implementation,” she said in an e-mail to The Washington Times.
Smart move, especially after the ACLU hinted at getting involved. And it’s the right move. No one should play censor on political opinions inside of a government bureaucracy. Blocking all sites with political opinions would be acceptable, but that would mean TSA employees would not have access to any newspaper, magazine, television, and radio station website in the US. I think they’ll have a similar issue with determining what falls into the “gruesome content” category, but that doesn’t touch on political speech and freedom of expression and will therefore be less fraught with controversy.

Perhaps the better policy would be to limit Internet access to only those in TSA who require it for their jobs. The new policy looked like an attempt to correct a productivity issue, and that has a rather simple if morale-bruising solution.

sendpm.gif Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ayman Al-Zawahiri, #2 in Al Qaeda, Mocks America in Audiotape - Associated Content The Patriot Afghanistan 0 07-20-2010 03:06 PM
Media content regulation in the 21st century darrels joy Political Debate 0 01-11-2010 09:46 AM
The Content of his Character Oklahoma Joe General 2 02-16-2004 07:28 PM
Motivated Marine not content with just sitting around thedrifter Marines 0 05-09-2003 11:02 AM
Fierce firefight to control a few blocks thedrifter Marines 0 04-07-2003 05:47 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.