Nanny State: Hams, You Can't See Your Web Sites


Subject: Remove from all lists, completely


Dear Secure Computing:

You're blocking access to the ARRL website for users of your dumbware, SmartFilter?

You have GOT to be kidding. Amateur Radio is a vital resource of national Red Cross/Red Crescent societies at the local, state, national and international levels, and is partnered with the federal Department of Homeland Security. Countless MOUs (Memorandum Of Understanding) document the value of Amateur Radio to local, state and national government agencies.

Amateur radio operators need constant web access to get essential information in and out of disaster areas, yet YOU want to choke off access through including such sites as

Maybe you haven't heard of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the Mount Saint Helens explosion, or the World Series, Northridge or Mexico City quakes? Should we pass *your* family's and loved one's traffic when they're involved in a disaster? Please do let us know if we should just not bother, or perhaps if, instead, you might deign to take us off your blacklist and cease associating us with smut and porn.