Banned by American Airlines
What does Saudi Arabia have in common with the American Airlines club at Miami International Airport?
No, they’re not beheading infidels at the AA club.
But like Saudi Arabia, they do ban Little Green Footballs: The internet jailbirds. (Hat tip: Sprite.)
The gangsters at Powerline, such dominant forces in organized crime that they have dropped their former aliases (Deacon, Hind Rocket, Big Trunk) were convicted and sentenced to solitary confinement. Their crime was logged as “Hate/Violence.” Charles Johnson was also convicted and banished — his crimes included not only “Hate/Violence” but “Pornography” as well. And it certainly is no surprise that the Godfather of internet crime, Hugh Hewitt, was also convicted in the “Hate/Violence” category; after all, just look at the incendiary books he has written.
What are we talking about? The American Airlines club at Miami International Airport is blocking the websites above, after its filtering program, Content Watch, convicted them of the captioned crimes. They are jailbirds now, and they are allowed no visitors — at least no internet visitors. (The case of Michelle Malkin is a bit more complex, since visitors are allowed, once they acknowledge that they are about to be exposed to her “Drugs/Alcohol” and her other “Illegal Activities.”)
It is most disturbing that mainstream Republican and conservative writers are being banned on the internet at public locations in the United States — and being smeared with accusations of drugs, violence, hate, pornography, and illegal activities. We did not do a comprehensive check of websites of a more liberal orientation, but we did note that Daily Kos was operating just fine.
UPDATE at 3/26/07 12:26:51 pm:
A couple of emails from readers back up the Dinocrat’s story, and note that it’s not only at Miami International Airport:
This is not just at the Admirals Club in Miami. I have had the same experience with LGF as well as Michelle Malkin, Powerline, and Blackfive at the Admirals Club in LaGuardia. No such problems at the clubs in San Jose or Austin as of early March.
I submitted all of the above sites to Content Watch to have them correct their blockage but it doesn’t appear to have worked.
And yes, both Kos and Huffington Post are available via the club at LaGuardia.
I had the exact same experience (LGF, Powerline, Captain’s Quarters) all blackballed at the AA Admiral’s Club at DFW this weekend. Checked Kos and it was up and running. Likely to be an internal AA staffer playing thought police … person.
UPDATE at 3/26/07 2:51:35 pm:
The lizardoid hordes get results. This was just forwarded to me by another reader:
I just want you to know that I am taking all of the steps necessary to have
the sites you have provided reviewed for Content and categorized correctly.
We really appreciate you brining these sites to our attention.
Customer Support Representative