US blocks soldiers from websites

Cheney, Halliburton, and Iraq war casualties, cartoon

From the BBC:

The US military is to block troops from using YouTube and MySpace and 11 other popular websites for sharing photos, video clips and messages.

The decision could stop thousands of soldiers from communicating with friends and loved ones.

For many US soldiers serving overseas YouTube and other similar websites are a popular way of keeping in touch.

But according to US reports, the Pentagon has decided to block access to such sites for technical reasons.

Security concerns

It says accessing and sending video across the internet takes up a lot of bandwidth and slows down the military’s computer system.

And not surprisingly perhaps, there are also security concerns.

The cyberspace battle space was not one that we were particularly operating well in
Lt Col Christopher Garver, US Army

US takes Iraq war to YouTube

The block on accessing such websites will not affect those soldiers with their own personal computers – though of course they are few and far between in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

There is a certain irony to the Pentagon’s reported decision.

It only recently started posting its own videos on YouTube showing soldiers in action in Iraq in a move designed to reach out to a younger audience and to show the successes of the US military.

See also here.

And here.

3 thoughts on “US blocks soldiers from websites

  1. Hi Rick Thorne, unfortunately your comment is off topic. As your site has no information on the topic of this thread, soldiers blocked from Internet sites by the Bush administration. On the other hand, it has lots of conspiracy theory stuff. It describes Obama as “socialist”. It is a pity that this is untrue. If Obama really would be a socialist, he would expropriate the AIG and other fat cats without compensation, making the world a better place.

    I advise soldiers looking for information on Internet censorship for them to go to, eg Iraq Veterans Against the War.


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