Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Net-Nanny for TSA

July 6th, 2010

The big bold headline on Drudge Report today reads BIG SIS BLOCKS WEBSITES WITH ‘CONTROVERSIAL OPINIONS’. Now that’s an article that a free speech attack dog can’t resist reading.

The short article describes an internal TSA email sent out to employees describing a net-nanny system to block access to “five categories of websites that have been deemed ‘inappropriate for government access’.” Among these are sites containing “Controversial opinion.” The categories are:

• Chat/Messaging
• Controversial opinion
• Criminal activity
• Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content
• Gaming

I guess pornography is OK.

What comes to mind here is that someone in TSA must have detected a lot of employee activity in these categories. Chat/Messaging and Gaming I can understand as consumers of employee paid time. Criminal activity is interesting, along with “Extreme violence”, so the TSA bureaucrats don’t get so worked up that they Go Postal.

As to “Controversial opinion” one has to ask, who decides which opinions are controversial enough to block? I hope OddCitizen.com is controversial enough to merit this award.

And finally, what nitwit bureaucrat working for Janet Napolitano thinks the agency’s employees are so juvenile that they need child-proofing software on their computers? Should such people even have computers in the first place? Who thinks that the TSA’s resources should be spent cataloging web sites to be banned by the blocking system? If the employees have so much spare time on their hands that they can surf around the web during working hours then they are redundant and should be fired.

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