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The U.S. Travel Association set up the website, YourTravelVoice.org, after it received more than 1,000 unsolicited comments from travellers about the increased security following recently foiled bomb plots involving U.S. bound parcels.
"It was clear to us that there was some national concern about this issue. We are hoping that this website can help people express those views so we can all work together," said Geoff Freeman, the executive vice president of the trade group.
He added that he hopes feedback from the website can provide a platform through which travellers can share their opinions with policy makers in Washington.
Not all the comments on the site are critical. Freeman said many travellers are wondering about the long-term wisdom of it all.
"Feedback is critical. Currently, the system is not built with the travellers' vision in mind," he explained. "As of now, Congress has established an unachievable goal for TSA by telling them to eliminate all risk. That's not possible," he said, referring to the Transportation Security Administration.
The TSA ramped up security after two air packages containing bombs, which were both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, were intercepted in Britain and Dubai.
"It's important that the system becomes one in which we are using ever smarter techniques with the resources we have," Freeman said. "It's a healthy question to ask. This isn't a black and white question. It's a gray area that needs to be addressed."
by Mike Masnick
This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill -- despite a bunch of law professors explaining to them how this law is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
What's really amazing is that many of the same Senators have been speaking out against internet censorship in other countries, yet they happily vote to approve it here because it's seen as a way to make many of their largest campaign contributors happy. There's very little chance that the bill will actually get passed by the end of the term but, in the meantime, we figured it might be useful to highlight the 19 Senators who voted to censor the internet this morning:
This should be a list of shame. You would think that our own elected officials would understand the First Amendment but, apparently, they have no problem turning the US into one of the small list of authoritarian countries that censors internet content it does not like (in this case, content some of its largest campaign contributors do not like). We already have laws in place to deal with infringing content, so don't buy the excuse that this law is about stopping infringement.
This law takes down entire websites based on the government's say-so. First Amendment protections make clear that if you are going to stop any specific speech, it has to be extremely specific speech. This law has no such restrictions. It's really quite unfortunate that these 19 US Senators are the first American politicians to publicly vote in favor of censoring speech in America.
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