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393. From Richard G, Maplewood, MN, 27 October 2004, 03:58:59 PM PST

If you get my personnal information I expect you to send me yours!

392. From Carol D, Kirkland, WA, 27 October 2004, 02:35:59 PM PST

The US Constitution guards against unreasonable search and seizure.
For the US Government to search and seize my private information without cause is a violation of the Bill of Rights.
This program has been tried again and again by the Bush administration and again and again it has been killed by our representatives in Congress.
The Bush administration's determination to cast aside our civil rights should be noted and addressed for I believe it to be far more dangerous and pervasive then the threat of random acts of terrorism. The record is clear in terms of this administration abusing any unusual powers granted them.

391. From Mark, 27 October 2004, 01:28:00 PM PST

Here is a really KISS (Keep It SIMPLE STUPID)idea. Let working and retired cops carry their guns on airplanes. Train the police to shoot bad guys while inside airliners and let them fly for free or half price. Put them in the front and back of the aircraft. Cost is minimal and absorbed mostly by the airlines who are getting maximum benefit anyway.

390. From David G, Oakland, CA, 27 October 2004, 12:13:37 PM PST

I fly more than 100,000 miles a year. I take airline security quite seriously as I'm both subject to it and protected by it several times a week.

Scanning every piece of luggage going onto the airplane helps protect my life, as does scanning carry on for dangerous items. Scanning all the cargo that gets loaded onto a plane would help protect my life, as would monitoring employees who have access to planes. Keeping lighters off planes would help protect my life if the tobacco industry would allow it.

A background search of every passenger would do nothing to protect my life. Most of the 9/11 hijackers had valid ID. Suicide squads come from all walks of life; often people with no prior history or even political affiliation, who simply reach a point of catastrophic desperation fighting what they see as intolerable injustice. Or they're just insane. Either way deep background screenings will do nothing to keep them off planes.

But "Secure Flight" will violate the privacy of every single legitimate customer. It will create a potentially embarrassing and damaging database of information that will, eventually, be misused. Inevitably. To suggest otherwise is to be inexcusably ignorant of history. Every security institution has, at some point in its history, illegally misused it's resources to harm innocent civilians. It is critical to weigh the risks of any power granted any security apparatus against the actual value the power will have in protecting life and liberty.

Physical screeners have occasionally misused their power to humiliate or sexually harass passengers, but this cost is offset by the overwhelming value of keeping explosives and weapons off planes.

"Secure Flight" would create a database of dangerous information that will eventually be abused to harm great numbers of citizens, but would not improve flight security at all. "Secure Flight" does not meet the test: the harm outweighs the value. "Secure Flight" should be cancelled.

389. From Mel S, Lisle, Illinois, 27 October 2004, 11:06:23 AM PST

The present administration only makes me less safe and more spyed upon; and has trashed what little is left of a democracy.

385. From Carina S, Columbus, OH, 26 October 2004, 11:44:06 AM PST

Since when did the Executive Branch have the right to stop Americans from traveling? Especially Americans who have done nothing? More than 120,000 names are on terrorist watch lists that the TSA will use to screen fliers. And nowhere does the TSA mention testing the right of passengers to seek redress of an error. How can a flier who is wrongly placed on the watch list have his or her name removed?

384. From Dan B, Pittsburgh, PA, 26 October 2004, 08:42:20 AM PST

This is a shameful invasion of privacy with major acknowledged flaws. It doesn't work. It's a waste of money. As a traveler, I want you to spend that money on things that have been shown to work, like cargo screening, baggage matching, and better training for TSA employees.

It's delusional to think that, given enough information, computers will magically point out any terrorists. It just doesn't work that way, and means that any terrorist with half a clue can sail right through your security system.

383. From Deidre P, Jamaica Plain, MA, 26 October 2004, 08:35:46 AM PST

More than 120,000 names are on terrorist watch lists that the TSA will use to screen fliers. Nowhere does the TSA mention testing the right of passengers to seek redress of an error. It is also mute on how a flier who is wrongly placed on the watch list could have his or her name removed. The millions of tax dollars that will be spent on 'Secure Flight' would be better spent on things we know will work, such as cargo screening, better training for TSA employees, and point-to-point baggage matching. Since when did the Executive Branch have the right to stop Americans from traveling?

382. From Hollie, Langley AFB, VA, 26 October 2004, 06:17:46 AM PST

The "Secure Flight" program is an unacceptable reaction to the bombings of 9/11. I flew in June of 2004 and I DO NOT WANT my records released to any governmental organization, not because I don't want to live in a safe country, but because we have certain laws that provide citizens of this nation privacy and I demand that privacy. The money that would go into this program would be much better spent on hiring more TSA employees so thorough baggage and cargo checks could be made, and put towards better training for the current TSA employees.
I am also gravely concerned with the terrorist watch lists. If a person's name was errantly added to the list, how do they go about getting it removed? How do they travel in the meantime? What about the family trips and business meetings that they will have to forfeit? Things like this RUIN people's lives and TSA has not thought through these major items - I can't even begin to imagine how many other details have been completely overlooked. You actions are un-American and I request that you halt "Secure Flight" immediately.

Hollie L.

381. From Richard C, Lakewood, Colorado, 26 October 2004, 03:26:30 AM PST

Secure Flight looks like a power grab to be used to single out or punish law-abiding folks who disagree with administration policy. The ability to harass travellers is another step toward the tyaranny the President speaks of eliminating.

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