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Government employees blocked from surfing controversial opinions; no word on pornography

Drudge has as his main headline this morning, which links to a CBS News report, “Big Sis Blocks Websites With ‘Controversial Opinion.”  I love Drudge, and his is the first site I visit every morning.  That being said, I think the headline is a bit misleading.  The Transportation Security Administration is blocking federal employees from viewing certain websites, including those with “controversial opinions.”  The government isn’t blocking the general public from visiting these sites (yet?).

This sort of behavior doesn’t seem out of line to me.  I would guess that almost anyone who works at a company of any significant size has an employer that filters internet access.  Why should government employees get all the fun, especially on tax-payer dollars?  The categories of internet sites that are now banned from federal employees are:

• Chat/Messaging

• Controversial opinion

• Criminal activity

• Extreme violence (including cartoon violence) and gruesome content

• Gaming.

The first thing that strikes me in this list is no gaming.  Does this restriction also apply to our congressman while they are in session?  What about solitaire?!  I’m seeing a special exemption for Mine-Sweeper on the way.

The second thing that strikes me: no restriction for porn access!  That’s right, while those thousands of federal employees who routinely visit this site daily for its wit and intelligence will be forced to incur the inconvenience of receiving their news elsewhere, that creepy guy in the corner can still spend all day surfing  websites about rodeo clowns.  For an administration that prides itself on fairness, I’m not impressed.

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  1. Mary
    July 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I’m not sure why any non-work related web surfing is allowed. At all. Ever. I can’t do it at work so I’m not incllined to let my employees (anyone who receives a government, ie taxpayer paid, paycheck) do it either.

    Wonder what qualifies as controversial.
    Huffington Puffington OK. Breitbart Not OK.
    Oh, that wasn’t as hard as I thought.

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