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183. From Scott F, Damascus, MD, 21 October 2004, 12:45:19 PM PST

TSA has yet to prove itself a valuable asset or trustworthy in any way. The country has gone insane with "security" issues. And adding the TSA, which may sound good, but is nothing more than another incompetant government agency, does nothing to bolster my feeling of security. They need to concentrate more on training of employees (airport TSA employees are a joke). Stealing passenger info is not the way to inspire confidence in the TSA or in our governement.

180. From Tim O, Cincinnati, Oh, 21 October 2004, 12:40:08 PM PST

I oppose this system as it does not provide protection of personal data or provide a means to dispute mistakes.

179. From Joan J, Studio City, CA, 21 October 2004, 12:39:15 PM PST

Before the Executive Branch takes it upon itself to to take actions which affect the personal lives of sovereign citizens, those actions have to pass the Precautionary Principle smell test: "First, do no harm." "Secure Flight" does not pass the test. It could harm people by not making a provision to redress errors, how people wrongly placed on watch lists can be removed, and people's privacy has already been compromised in June 2004. This does not bode well for a relationship of trust between citizens and elected rulers. I urge TSA to uphold the Constitution and the principles of freedom, democracy, and trust by ending the so-called "Secure Flight" program now. The only thing such actions secure is insecurity.

178. From Dan L, Newbury Park, CA, 21 October 2004, 12:35:54 PM PST

I was under the impression that the government is supposed to help protect our rights, not infringe upon them. Internal border controls are completely unAmerican. And as far as I can tell, there are no reports that a system such as "Secure Flight" would actually be effective in stopping terrorists.

176. From Bonney G, Forest Hills, NY, 21 October 2004, 12:31:56 PM PST

It is an unprecedented invasion of my privacy, and I strongly object to the proposal. In addition, given the disaster that is the government's "watch list", there is no compelling evidence that "Secure Flight" would make flyng more secure. We need to focus on cargo screening, which is a wide open security hole at present. We need to focus on our shipping ports, which are a gaping hole in this nation's security. Finally, the TSA has a terrible record with regards to passenger information, such as obtaining passenger lists without their permission, selling these records to private companies and refusing to indicate how these records will be safely destroyed. No one at the TSA has been reprimanded or prosecuted for these prior "criminal" activities. I oppose Secure Flight in the loudest possible voice.

175. From Regina C, Canton, Mi, 21 October 2004, 12:29:02 PM PST

PULEEZE, consider your duty to the American citizen. Respect our privacy and do your job of keeping us secure. Someone there needs to hire some folks whom are allowed TO THINK beyond the first synapse connection. We are still PRESUMED INNOCENT. Just program that into your computers, if nothing else.. Do you know how rabid you are looking?

Best Wishes and Good Luck,

174. From Larry K, Brandywine, Md., 21 October 2004, 12:28:04 PM PST

Freedom means being theoretically free to fly.

173. From Karlos S, Victoria, Texas, 21 October 2004, 12:25:55 PM PST

How does this increase the "Security" of flight? Quite frankly who cares if a terrorist wants to get on a plane? As long as the terrorist has no ability to take the plane over, it shouldn't matter who is on the plane. And of course that is why we spent the extra tax dollars for more Air Marshalls, Federalizing the screeners, etc. If flight is still not "Secure" in this country, we should be asking why and where you wasted all the tax dollars we've already forked over.

171. From William H, Dallas, TX, 21 October 2004, 12:23:51 PM PST

As a regular airline passenger, I believe that my rights as an American citizen should be completely protected and guarded against unlawful federal scrutiny.

170. From Thomas I, Berkeley, CA, 21 October 2004, 12:22:08 PM PST


I flew on a commercial airline flight in June of 2004 and I am extremely disturbed to find out that all of my personal information that was gathered from me by the airline is to be demanded by the Transportation Security Agency for ingestion into a database that they will search and compare to mock terrorist profiles. I did not give anyone permission to do this and I demand that it stop.

The last time the TSA did this, they did it in secret, out of the sphere of public knowledge, handing off sensitive information to private contractors, who have published no results from this expensive boondoggle. It was bad then and its worse now that is clear TSA has learned no lesson from its heavyhanded gaming with the privacy of all Americans.

What if I end up on a "no-fly" list accidentally (or purposely)? There is no way a private individual could get off of this list, since it is secret, and the way you end up on the list is also secret, as well as the way of getting off, if there is one. As a citizen of the United States of America for 36 years, I demand that the TSA stop the cloak and dagger behavior and secret domestic spying. Do we need to keep reminding our government that this is not Communist China, where the citizens enjoy freedoms only at the pleasure of unelected officials? What has this world come to?!

Thank you

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