143 From John W, Houston, Texas, 21 October 2004, 11:59:04 AM PST
I don't appreciate being used as a guinea pig. It is clear that the gov't does not know what they are doing. Taking away my liberties will not catch help terrorists.
142 From James D, Branson, MO, 21 October 2004, 11:58:49 AM PST
The TSA would do better to simply copy the Israeli system wholesale rather than trying to invent their own. Use a system that works. Don't reinvent the wheel (and poorly at that!).
141 From anonymous, 21 October 2004, 11:58:34 AM PST
Dear TSA -
with all due respect, are you out of your ever lovin' minds?
This policy is yet another backwards step away from our hard-fought-for rights as Americans. I did NOT give permission for my information to be disclosed to anyone, and do NOT appreciate the government's unilateral approach.
I STRONGLY PROTEST this latest attempt to once again strip us of our personal freedoms as Americans.
140 From Torger B, East Lansing, MI, 21 October 2004, 11:58:31 AM PST
I do not support this instancing of 'Secure Flight' for the folowing reasons.
1. There has been little to no talk regarding the security of the data, namely the encryption methods and policies regarding storage of passenger data.
2. There are no rules for the storage and deletion timeframes of said user data. It is unreasonable to keep information on passangers who have shown no signs of being a threat.
3. The most important reason that this is an inept method of trying to identify people is that the common linking factor is to be names alone. I'm sorry but, that is ridiculously inadequate at determining whether or not the person is a risk, let alone the identifying whether or not a person is who you think they are.
138 From David D, Lowell, Ma, 21 October 2004, 11:55:58 AM PST
We've had enough erosion of freedom and privacy. If Ted Kennedy is winding up on no fly lists you obviously are punishing American citizens with poor decisions and mismanagement of how you select who can fly and who can't.
136 From Mike M, West Chester, OH, 21 October 2004, 07:37:55 AM PST
Even if the data collection was proper - and it isn't - the TSA hasn't
the technical expertise to handle the information properly and effectively.
Privacy? Propriety? TSA doesn't care, despite their pious denials.
This program should be eliminated; the money saved can be diverted to a program that works. This would be outside of TSA, since virtually nothing they do is really effective.
135 From Andrea, Fairfax County, VA, 21 October 2004, 04:41:30 AM PST
Dear President Bush, Congress, and DHS:
I never authorized this secondary disclosure and use of my travel data. Don't do it! You are making American a meaner place.
Furthermore, I urge you to revoke the unconstitutional effort to induce Amercians to show ID credentials when they travel inside the US - how sick can you get? Every terrorist worth his salt already has an ID card!
134 From Karl H, Lake Oswego,, Oregon, 20 October 2004, 07:47:48 PM PST
This program is not designed to accomplish its stated objective of making flight safe. It is designed to give government control over us, the citizens of this country.
What a terrible waste of resources! It's counterproductive as well, since it sends to us the message that you do not trust us. If you do not trust us, then how can we trust you?
As in the former USSR and in China today, the mere threat that you might interdict any of us at any time as you see fit, without effective recourse, will drive free speech as well as legitimate dissent underground, and with it the very creativity that has made this country great. Like gun control, the bad guys will get around your best efforts. It's the rest of us who lose our freedom under your proposal.
Leave us alone. Don't protect us. Let us protect ourselves.
How many died in the 9/11 attack? 3000? More than 10 times that number are infected with AIDS each year in this country. Nearly 20 times that number die each year in automobile accidents in the country.
Please keep things in perspective. To keep and exercise our freedom we also must retain the risks. We must be free to act on our own and to err.
Again, let us protect ourselves. We don't need your help and we don't want it.
133 From Steven C, Ypsilanti, MI, 20 October 2004, 05:08:02 PM PST
This past June my wife and I flew to Portland for a wedding of a dear friend.
Recently it has come to my attention that our personal information was turned over to the Transportation Security Administration's "Secure Flight" program.
I insist that our data not be included in this program.
I have a Constitutional right as an American to travel freely and anonymously within the country. I have a Constitutional right to privacy and protection from unlawful searches and seizures.
Obviously databases need to be tested and it's the Department of Homeland Security's job to keep known terrorists out of the country.
What I don't understand how my personal data was included in this "Secure Flight" program with out my permission or knowledge. I believe I deserve an explanation and insist that my personal information be excluded from the program.
132 From Abdul H, Altamonte Springs, Florida, 20 October 2004, 04:54:15 PM PST
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