121 From C R, Warner Robins, GA, 20 October 2004, 08:21:41 AM PST
Not only is this infringement on Americas freedom exactly what the terrorists had in mind, itâ��s like a generic band aid that when its time to remove it rips off some of the very skin it was meant to heal.
120 From Nat H, Vienna, VA, 20 October 2004, 08:18:10 AM PST
I am appalled. Given the record of the airlines and the TSA, I doubt very much if they can be trusted to keep records private. Please don't approve such a horrible measure! If you want tales of abuse of various privacy systems, take a look at stupidsecurity.com, and consider how a legislator who votes for such a fiasco will look in the next election.
118 From Bob L, Sanatoga, PA, 20 October 2004, 06:13:15 AM PST
I resent this intrusion into my privacy, and, given the history of governmental efforts in the past, see no need for this degree of interference. Let me take care of myself.
117 From Scott R, Warner Robins, GA, 20 October 2004, 04:46:38 AM PST
I am sick of the tyrannous actions of the US Federal government. Stop assuming you know anything about 'security', and leave it alone. With every added measure you take, you leach from the wealth of the country only to have a new 'look' of security while actually providing nothing but lubricant on the slope to a Police State. 'Secure Flight' should be killed immediately.
116 From Walter C, Melbourne, Fl, 20 October 2004, 04:36:13 AM PST
As an American I should be able to travel and not have my movements tracked. I am totally oppossed to any type of tracking. This is not what our country was founded on.
114 From Patricia Fay: B, Cave Junction, Oregon, 19 October 2004, 11:55:43 PM PST
Since when did the Executive Branch have the right to stop Americans from Traveling? Now that's a question you should answer before you also answer the question of just what your intent is with the 120,000 names on the terrorist watch list already somewhere turned over to the government without the permission of those passengers. TSA has a dastardly record on privacy, obtaining millions of travel records from several airlines and reservation systems, giving these records to private contractors. What is going on with TSA? Making money off lists?? Private invasions, secrets and more secrets. Nothing constitutional about all this. Even the government DHS hasn't completed its investigation into TSA's other privacy violations. TSA's lists have never been proven to be accurate or effective. Consider the millions of tax dollars being spent on "Secure Flight" is outrageous. That money could be better spent on what we need for point-to-point baggage matching, cargo screening, and updating training of emloyees.
What are you people thinking of? This is the united states of America so stop this communist China approach of internal government control.
I want you to know that as a person who demanded that CAPPS II die, it does not mean you give it another name and changing a sentence or two. This "Secure Flight" is just another name for a serious threat to privacy and freedom. I am demanding that you kill this damn Secure Flight, too.
113 From Bill S, 19 October 2004, 11:33:51 PM PST
NO to Gestapo curtailment of civil rights in America!
And NO to Big Brother invasion of privacy in America!
112 From anonymous, 19 October 2004, 10:46:36 PM PST
TALK ABOUT RAMPANT PARANOIA. YOU ALL NEED TO ADJUST THE TINFOIL IN YOUR HATS!
111 From anonymous, 19 October 2004, 10:14:39 PM PST
We should be profiling on an ethnic basis - Middle Eastern males between the ages of 18 - 30. Not harrasing American citizens like grandmothers.
110 From Matthew B, West Columbia, SC, 19 October 2004, 03:51:04 PM PST
Prescreening people for boarding is utterly meaningless. It doesn't matter who gets onboard - what matters is what gets onboard, and what safeguards are in place on the aircraft to stop possible groups of unarmed aggressors.
Stop needlessly invading our privacy. Stop wasting money. Stop wasting effort. If you want meaningful security for aircraft, then you need meaningful physical security.
Bomb dogs and chemical detectors that every single person and item to enter an airplane must pass through and/or be inspected by. Competent security manning high quality metal/weapons detectors. Air Marshals on far more flights. Security doors on the pilot's cabins. Allow pilots who complete proper training to arm themselves with tasers/pistols/pepperspray. Perhaps even emergency narcotic/sleep gas systems that can be activated by the pilots. Many of these things will not be seen in a kind light, and some of them are unlikely to ever be enacted, but none of them require us to allow the government and private industry to monitor our lives.
Collecting and analyzing personal data is not airline security, and never will be airline security. The only thing that can make planes safe is physical security, both on and off the plane. Any competent forger can create papers that will fool an ID system, but fake papers that will allow you to sneak onboard a plane are worthless to a hijacker - if they cannot do anything once they get on the plane.
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