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Shocker: TSA Reverses Its ‘Online Policy’

From a deeply saddened CBS News:

TSA Reverses "Controversial Opinion" Web Policy

Posted by Pia Malbran

July 6, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed itself today, announcing that it will no longer block TSA employees, using work computers, from accessing websites that contain a "controversial opinion."

As CBS News first reported, the TSA on Friday informed its employees that five categories of websites would be off-limits because they were deemed "inappropriate for government access."

Those categories were: "Chat/Messaging," "Criminal activity," "Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content," "Gaming," and any websites that contained a "Controversial Opinion."

Sources who spoke with CBS News were puzzled as to why the federal agency would block websites that contain controversial opinions and questioned whether the move would violate First Amendment rights and the freedom to access information.

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the TSA sent out another memo to its employees explaining that the category of "controversial opinion" was "an IT software catch-all phrase used to describe sites that may violate TSA’s acceptable use policy, such as sites that promote destructive behavior to one’s self or others."

The memo went on to say that "after further review, TSA determined this 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." The TSA also emphasized that it encourages the "sharing [of] ideas and opinions."

Somehow this memo reminds us of another catch-all phrase, the acronym for which is CYA.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Shocker: TSA Reverses Its ‘Online Policy’”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Testing….testing….oh wait we’re catching flak, release the “just-kidding, we’re-not-actually-doing-that-anymore” memo.

  2. proreason says:

    This was just a probe. Just like a military scouting mission. Test the strength of your enemy. Then adjust plans according to what you found out.

    When the real attack on free speech comes, it will come in force…and be preceded by a lot more stealth than this one.

    It will come before the autumn of 2011, because by then the little emperor’s approval ratings will be in the mid-30’s and one or more conservatives will have emerged with huge leads over the eager dictator.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “Controversial Opinion.” Obamaspeak for conservative opinion.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    It’s called a trial balloon. Now the TSA employees will get to view all sites including PORN, just like those protectors at the SEC.

  5. hushpuppy says:

    LOL!! I don’t suppose this has _anything_ to do with the fact that Limbaugh was all over this on yesterday’s program… nah… didn’t think so… (sarc)

  6. Chuckk says:

    Big Brother is still lurking around the internet. You can be sure he will pop up again and again. He never gets tired.

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