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Monday, May 14, 2007

DoD to soldiers: "No more MySpace "

The Internets have gotten too scary for the Department of Defense. They don't want soldiers accessing MySpace, YouTube, and other popular web destinations, in order to "protect information and reduce drag on the department's networks."

"Protect information" can mean a couple of things:

  1. Protect information on military computers from hackers and Internet secruity risks.
  2. Protect soldiers from sites that offer dissenting viewpoints to current policies
A simple search on YouTube returns 165,000+ videos about Iraq. Looking at the first page of results, at least 9 of the 20 are videos that are not in support of the U.S. Iraq occupation.

Sounds like #2 is about as much of a threat to occupation supporters as #1. I guess the answer to that is "protecting" soldiers from information instead of doing something that makes sense.

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