194 From Keith G, Milwaukee, WI, 21 October 2004, 01:04:59 PM PST
"Secure Flight" is an absolutely ridiculous notion. Terrorists will be able to get on a flight despite the government having information regarding my travel history and specific personal information. What happened to land of the free???
193 From Jonathan F, Baltimore, MD, 21 October 2004, 01:02:37 PM PST
Previous terrorist watch lists have done nothing to further the security of our country, but rather have violated the rights of hundreds of citizens. There is no indication to believe that the Secure Flight program would be any different. Instead of wasting millions of tax payer dollars on another futile and dangerous list, the TSA needs to be doing things that will actually enhance the security of air travel; such as improving the training of TSA agents, cargo screening, and point-to-point baggage matching.
192 From Max K, Sunnyvale, CA, 21 October 2004, 01:01:47 PM PST
The government is here to serve the people. The responsible thing to do is to deliver the largest value for our tax dollars. Why is the TSA wasting money on "Secure Flight" when there are more efficient ways to secure travel, such as cargo screening, point-to-point baggage matching, and even better training for TSA personnel?
These crude watch lists are a nuisance to civilians and a bonus to terrorists: all they have to do is send all their watched people on flights with no incriminating evidence, and study which ones were stopped and searched. The ones that are clearly not on the watch lists will be the ones that wind up carrying out terrorist actions. TSA watch lists do nothing but provide a false sense of security.
Please stop wasting our tax dollars and start working to actually provide security.
191 From George T, The Woodlands, Texas, 21 October 2004, 12:58:57 PM PST
As someone who traveled by air during June, 2004, I hereby state that I emphatically do not grant the TSA or any other agency access to any detail of my trip unless/until a specific request is made for such information directly to me and I grant that request. Requests to an air carrier are not acceptable.
I will not grant such a request until the exact techniques and criteria for including an individual in any watch list are made completely public and reviewable (referred to as due process), authorized personnel are always available to immediately handle requests for removal from this list at the travel location where they are made without inconvenience to the traveler, and such removal is immediately made throughout all copies of all watch lists. Any future efforts to access such personal information will require my seperate grant for each individual request.
Having traveled through several countries on my trip, I'm appalled that my privacy was held in higher regard there than in my native democracy. There are far better ways to make our population safer than secretly spying on it.
190 From Claude J, Marianna, FL, 21 October 2004, 12:57:59 PM PST
Vote against profiling passengers, vote against secureflight.
Stop government profiling.
189 From Richard T, Marriottsville, MD, 21 October 2004, 12:49:04 PM PST
I think all commercial passengers should show a valid passport!
188 From Laramie C, Berkeley, CA, 21 October 2004, 12:49:02 PM PST
The "Secure Flight" program is yet another slip into a security-state. Do not allow the attack on civil liberties that results from this program, which is not allowed the proper public scrutiny.
187 From anonymous, 21 October 2004, 12:48:32 PM PST
It is not acceptable that the TSA is setting up a passenger profiling system which can prevent Americans from traveling without providing a clear way for us to address problems with the list. It is not acceptable that the passengers from recent years will have their information turned over to the government without having received a Privacy Act notification. I do not want internal borders imposed upon Americans and I especially do not want "secret" lists to be used to determine who can or cannot travel. There are other more effective and less costly measures that should be used first.
186 From Kevin O, Burlington, Vermont, 21 October 2004, 12:47:10 PM PST
I flew domestically in June 2004 and I am not a terrorist. I did not consent to be put on a list as a test dummy. My freedoms were granted by the constitution of the united states and nobody will take them away from me.
185 From anonymous, 21 October 2004, 12:46:43 PM PST
TSA already has proven that it is untrustworthy and this is all the more ominous without express provision for redress through the courts on account of deprivations of liberty and rights