Soldiers Banned from Accessing YouTube and other sites
Before I start this post, let me just say I don't think anyone would disagree that militaryplanning, secrets etc. shouldn't be available to the enemy, and neither shouldwhat's happening on a daily basis in a war zone.
US soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friendsand loved ones back home under a department of defense policy that ahigh-ranking army official said would take effect today.
The defense department will begin blocking access worldwide to YouTube, MySpaceand 11 other popular websites on its computers and networks, according to a memosent Friday by General BB Bell, the US Forces Korea commander.
The policy is being implemented to protect information and improve security aswell as reduce drag on the department's networks. "This recreationaltraffic impacts our official DoD network and bandwidth ability, while posing asignificant operational security challenge," Bell said in the memo.
The armed services have long barred members of the military from sharinginformation that could jeopardize their missions or safety, whetherelectronically or by other means. The new policy is different because it createsa blanket ban on several sites used by military personnel to exchange messages,pictures, video and audio with family and friends.
In some cases reporters have been wounded or killed, including ITN's TerryLloyd in 2003. Both CBS and the Associated Press in Iraq had staff members seized by the US military and taken to violent prisons; the news organizationswere unable to see the evidence against their staffers.
If youwant to see what the Bush administration and the conservative news media istalking about, and finally come to the realization that terrific things arehappening, and its the right thing to do, follow these simple steps;delete any bookmarks, videos, news articles from your computer; reprogram yourfavorite channels and replace with Fox News; Bookmark MNFIRAQ and watch all the videos and repeat, until you see 'It's not so bad, as amatter of fact there are many successes'.