Private companies can limit and even prevent Internet access by their employees. I find no problem with that. Yes, everyone has freedom of association and ought to be able to access whatever web site they choose.
The TSA is a government organization that should have their computers secured against access and hacking. Since my tax dollars help pay for them, I would like to make sure that employee abuse of my tax dollars is kept to a minimum.
Besides, an organization dealing with super-secret things should not be connected to the Internet. They should be restricted to only what is needed for the TSA to function. That includes the removal of solitaire and hearts from their computers, and definitely no Mafia Wars on FaceBook!
The TSA started restricting sites that have “controversial content”. They are tight-lipped about what constitutes controversial; see what Clinton (Bill, not Hill) started when he said “That depends on what the meaning of “is” is”?
Now you may ask why I am concerned when the TSA has started restricting access to Internet sites that have “controversial opinion” as their content. That answer is simple.
A week or so ago, the White House decided they needed to be able to restrict access or even have a “kill switch” for the Internet inside of the United States.
The TSA is the start of a wide-scale restriction test. Once the proof of concept is shown to be effective, all it takes is for the government to give the word and all web sites that voice an opinion the ruling party does not like will disappear.
Imagine having this in place during the 2000 campaign. Gore could still be President-plenipotentiary.