TSA Reverses "Controversial Opinion" Web Policy
As CBS News first reported, the TSA on Friday informed its employees that five categories of websites would be off-limits because they were deemed "inappropriate for government access."
Those categories were: "Chat/Messaging," "Criminal activity," "Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content," "Gaming," and any websites that contained a "Controversial Opinion."
Sources who spoke with CBS News were puzzled as to why the federal agency would block websites that contain controversial opinions and questioned whether the move would violate First Amendment rights and the freedom to access information.
At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the TSA sent out another memo to its employees explaining that the category of "controversial opinion" was "an IT software catch-all phrase used to describe sites that may violate TSA's acceptable use policy, such as sites that promote destructive behavior to one's self or others."
The memo went on to say that "after further review, TSA determined this category may contain some sites that do not violate TSA's policy and therefore has concluded that the category is no longer being considered for implementation." The TSA also emphasized that it encourages the "sharing [of] ideas and opinions."
- WH Benghazi emails have different quotes than earlier reported
- 8-year-old fights to get WWII vet recognition he deserves
- 5/17: Congress grills acting IRS commissioner: the student and the vet
- Domestic violence victim: "I was a prisoner in my own home"
- Judgment against alleged Fla. bully surprises everyone
- Calif. dollars add to growing Powerball jackpot
- Congress grills acting IRS commissioner
- The power of a uniquely American song
- On the road: The student and the vet
- How a "chance" question sparked IRS scandal
- 5/16: Texas tornadoes leave path of destruction; Are Afghan troops ready to take over?
- Boston bombing victim's battle for recovery just beginning
- Notebook: Banks
- Amateur video captures Cleveland kidnap victims' rescue
- Motive discovered for Boston marathon bombings
- Are Afghan soldiers too incompetent to be on their own?