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  1. KatieK
    KatieK at |

    I find this point interesting:

    “Patriotism means acting for the good of the country, not for the good of a few folks who have made mistakes in running an organization which seeks to deny basic liberties covered by the Constitution when it is convenient for them.”

    When you found the document, was that seriously what went through your mind? Or is that a conveniently high-minded philosophical statement you have since come up with?

    Somehow, you came across what appeared to be a sensitive document on the web, and your first thought wasn’t to protect it from bad guys – instead, you posted it for everyone to see – including terrorists. If you didn’t like TSA, you could have called the DHS or the FBI or even just let the website it was on know about it.

    Maybe I’m a patriotic sap, but I wouldn’t have taken the route you did, especially after 9-11. You had the opportunity to do something that could, even in a small way, safeguard your country, and you didn’t. Instead you went for the 15 minutes of fame route. It’s a common route these days, which is a sad reflection on our society.

    Let’s hope you never have to come to regret it.

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  4. Tristram
    Tristram at |

    I think that too many people who are involved with security that has multiple layers, have come to believe that security through obscurity is an important element of that. I would disagree on the importance of keeping any information labelled SSI secret from the public and I think you might also. A good democracy is dependant on an informed public and SSI has become a convenient excuse to hide malfeasance or incompetence. At best, keeping this document off the internet would just make it slightly more inconvenient in attempting to launch a terror attack. However, I don’t quite understand your rational for making their redaction mistake public right off the bat. Was it because you believed the entire document should have been made available to the public in the first place? Alternatively, was it just to get TSA to realize and fix the fact that their personnel don’t know how to properly redact an electronic document? If the latter, it seems to me that informing DHS, FBI, a particular congressman or senator, or some government watchdog agency might have been the route to go. The end result, so far, has been this knee-jerk reaction by the TSA to lockdown all SSI. That is not particularly helpful for anyone.

  5. Wandering Aramean
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    @Tristram: I hear you about trying to get real action from quietly reporting the problem rather than making a big stink about it. Unfortunately, however, the TSA has proven time and time again that unless the media gets involved and makes noise about their inane policies and inappropriate actions they will simply ignore the issues presented.

    My goal is to make it abundantly clear to as many people as possible that the TSA is not capable of actually performing the duties with which they have been charged and try to motivate people to push for real change rather than blindly accept the double-speak that the TSA provides. Getting incidents like this out into the public discussion is the best way I’ve come up with to make that happen.