TSA blocks employee access to 'controversial' opinions on net

Say hello to the thought police. The Transportation Security Agency is making certain that its employees do not have access to websites featuring "controversial" opinions, leaving the exact definition of "controversial" unclear. Somehow, I suspect that President Obama's opinion that the United States is not a special nation is not deemed controversial. Pia Malbran of CBS reports:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agency's computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a "controversial opinion," according to an internal email obtained by CBS News.

The email was sent to all TSA employees from the Office of Information Technology on Friday afternoon.

It states that as of July 1, TSA employees will no longer be allowed to access five categories of websites that have been deemed "inappropriate for government access."

The categories include:

  • Chat/Messaging
  • Controversial opinion
  • Criminal activity
  • Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content
  • Gaming
Evidently, pornography is no problem for the TSA.

If nay readers work for the TSA, we are anxious to know if AT and other conservative sites are blocked, and whether the same censorship applies to left wing sites like Kos and HuffPo.

Hat tip: Susan L.