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241. From Steven U, Faribault, MN, 21 October 2004, 02:38:47 PM PST

My country tis of thee
Sweet land, formerly of liberty

240. From Neil W, Columbus, OH, 21 October 2004, 02:35:44 PM PST

As a financially supporting member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, I stand behind and assert my support in full for the EFF's position of opposing these governmental actions.

- Neil Wehneman

239. From Mike R, Olmsted Falls, OH, 21 October 2004, 02:26:12 PM PST

This is ridiculous. A college freshman computer science major knows you don't need to use real data to test a system. They could perform the same tests they need and not compromise the privacy of millions. We should be targetinng the TSA AND the airlines, two organizations that obviously have no concern for privacy.

238. From Wilson R, 21 October 2004, 02:24:17 PM PST

We are heading toward a Russian-type society by restricting freedom, monitoring innocent people, and starting no-win wars to keep everyone in the homeland afraid. TSA seems to be out of control and a major part of the problem. Russia is a mess and TSA is pushing us in the same direction. Please read the Constitution and think hard about what you are doing. Many have died to protect the freedoms you want to take away, and I bet they are turning in their graves.

237. From Brian W, Destin, FL, 21 October 2004, 02:22:35 PM PST

Given the choice I would rather that my name didn't show up in any government databases, but since that is unlikely to happen I guess I will have to live with the current state of events. Maybe this will help keeping my name out of this database.
I currently don't fly much but in the next few years that is likely to change. Also considering that I have a very common name, the idea that I might be detained because that common name showed up on a terrorist watchlist is decidedly unsettling. Hopefully you guys over at TSA will take this to heart and change your flight plan.

236. 21 October 2004, 02:22:21 PM PST

Why is TSA wasting millions of dollars on a system that:
1 - Invades the privacy of millions of Americans,
2 - Relies on data (the terrorist watch lists) that is *known* to be faulty,
3 - Deters or prevents innocent people from travelling by air, and
4 - Will accomplish *nothing* against terrorism?

I haven't boarded an airplane since months before 9.11. I don't intend to do so again. Why not? It's not because I'm worried about terrorism: I have a much better chance of being struck by lightning than of being a victim of a terrorist attack. No, it's because I'm worried about *my* *own* *government*.

235. From Jay B, Austin, TX, 21 October 2004, 02:20:56 PM PST

I flew in June of 2004. I certainly don't need the details of my flight, including my credit card information, released to any organizations to whom I did not give prior approval. Nor did I have prior knowledge that my information would be gathered by the government and then released to these private "contractors". At best, I can expect yet another increase in trash mail and spam e-mail. At worst, I can expect attempts at identity theft.

The arrogance of our government never ceases to amaze me. It is both the right and the responsibility of citizens to act as government watchdogs, yet this administration continues to go out of its way to keep the details and even the existence of any legislation or executive order from the public. Such practices fly squarely in the face of a representative republic founded on the principles of individual liberty and responsibility. No threat, external or internal, can justify this behavior.

234. From Concerned A, Minneapolis, MN, 21 October 2004, 02:18:19 PM PST

The Secure Flight initiative is yet another attempt to swat the fly of a terrorist threat with a fire extinguisher. By passing legislation which reduces personal privacy and civil liberties, we are admitting defeat to the terrorist threat.

Until explicit mechanisms exist for Americans to remove themselves from the watch list, investigations into TSA's previous privacy invasions are completed, and our tax dollars are no longer used to finance it, the Secure Flight initiative should be dismantled.

233. From Adam C, Davis, CA, 21 October 2004, 02:17:41 PM PST

I am disheartened to see that the terrorists continue to win their terror war by scaring us into such blatantly unamerican practices. "Those that would sacrifice liberty for safety, deserve neither." Often quoted words from our founding fathers which I believe are more applicable today then ever before. Please do not start us down the road to government enforced safety. The safest America would be one where all Americans were confined to their homes and only allowed to leave for government sanctioned trips. While this is an extreme example, I hope it shows that an increase in safety must always be weighed against the freedoms necessarily sacrificed to provide it. The TSA has a terrible record on privacy and the lists they're proposing on using have been proven inaccurate. This means innocent American travellors could have both their privacy and freedoms undermined in the name of safety.

232. From Alan F, Chicago, IL, 21 October 2004, 02:15:43 PM PST

I fly twice a week. Use the Secure Flight budget for upgraded baggage and passenger screening and to clean up the existing restricted passenger lists; don't add my info. to your test data!

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