A matter of opinion

On Friday, the beginning of the nation's weekend birthday celebration, TSA issued what seems like a distinctly un-American directive. It said that "beginning July 1, 2010, TSA began blocking access to websites in categories including, but not limited to . . . Controversial opinion."

Union leaders, who have been seeking collective bargaining rights for transportation security officers, immediately asked whether advocacy of those rights would be considered "controversial."

"We definitely thought that was a ludicrous policy because what is controversial often is in the eye of the beholder," AFGE attorney Chad Harris said.

Wiser heads prevailed at TSA, which issued a different notice Tuesday. It said controversial opinions would not be blocked.

TSA now says: "Our intent is not, and never has been, to limit your ability to access or share 'controversial opinions.' "

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