Military Censorship: Soldiers Now Deemed Unworthy to Read the News

Pardon the profanity, but this veteran is really pissed off right now. Really, really pissed. Really fucking pissed. And according to this report, it may be enough to keep this website blacklisted by the military. From a message received at Wonkette:

Just to let you know, the US Marines have blocked access to “Wonkette” along with numerous other sites such as personal email (i.e. Yahoo, AT&T, Hotmail, etc), blogs that don’t agree with the government point of view, personal websites, and some news organizatons. This has taken effect as of the beginning of February. I have no problem with them blocking porn sites (after all it is a government network), but cutting off access to our email and possibly-not-toeing-the-government-line websites is a bit much.

Initially all web blocking was done locally at the hub sites in Iraq. If you wanted a site “unblocked” you just had to email the local administrator with a reason (like, “I’d like to read my email, please.”), and if it wasn’t porn or offensive, they’d allow it. Now, all blocking is done by desk-weenies at the USMC Network Operations Center in Quantico, VA, who really don’t care if we get our email (or gossip) out here, as they get to go to happy hour after working 9 to 5 and go home to a nice clean, warm home with a real bed!

If we aren’t already cut off for the offensive language, we will certainly be rendered unavailable to those people actually die on a daily basis for our criticism of military higher-ups and US foreign policy.

Despite my opinion of this particular war, anyone who is dodging bullets deserves to know the full reason why they are there. If the story is accurate, the REMFs just shut down the news in the field. I know the language is offensive, but it’s to make a point. Old enough to die, but not to drink or read the news. Just motherfucking swell.

UPDATE: There may be several reach-arounds available for our bullet dodging friends out there. Try Firefox, instead of IE, for starters. Other tips are provided here.

UPDATE 2: Just got back home. Major crisis averted (some details linger for future debate) for now. Details (and check your own website).

17 Comments
  1. anyone who is dodging bullets deserves to know the full reason why they are there

    Right, but according to the latest zogby poll…
    http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1075

    U.S. Troops
    Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks

    Yet we know Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, and there was no Saddam – Osama link. In fact, they weren’t even buddies.

    Remember, we are living in a post 9/11 world.
    WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

  2. If the Marines are afraid of a satirical blog like Wonkette, then what does that say about their strength, resilience, and character?

  3. Well, that isn’t going to work. Most of the well known proxy sites and proxy lists are themselves blocked. And it’s likely the user doesn’t have the required permissions to change the proxy server anyway.

  4. UPDATE: There may be several reach-arounds available…

    Ummmm, don’t you mean work-arounds?

    Mind you, it wouldn’t be the first time the troops had gotten it from. errr, the “rear echelon”. A reach-around sounds a bit friendlier than that, though.

  5. Ummmm, don’t you mean work-arounds?

    hehe. Ii didn’t notice that. It takes a special kind of mind to catch that kind of thing, I suspect.

  6. Just as a point of clarification, as far as I know, I had nothing to do with the major crisis, or averting it. Not that I know of, anyway. Maybe it was one of my sixteen clones.

  7. Awake, now. I thought reach-around was most appropriate, considering that it is our (predominately male) soldiers who are the ones getting screwed on this one.

  8. Does that mean they are not suppose to know about the corrupt people in government and are only suppose to read about the good people in government. Isn’t that illegal to censors the news. Isn’t it kind of like the Freedom of the Press, and to be able to read a book. Maybe they will start burning the books that tell about the corruption in the government and you can only read the ones that tell about happy thoughts.

  9. update:

    Wonkette has posted some examples of what is/isn’t blocked:

    Blocked:Wonkette – “Forbidden, this page (http://www.wonkette.com/) is categorized as: Forum/Bulletin Boards, Politics/Opinion.” Air America (www.airamericaradio.com) – “Forbidden, this page (http://www.airamericaradio.com/) is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion.” Al Franken Show (www.alfrankenshow.com) – “Forbidden, this page (http://www.airamericaradio.com/) is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion.” Not Blocked:Bill O’Reilly (www.billoreilly.com) – OK Rush Limbaugh (www.rushlimbaugh.com) – OK G. Gordon Liddy Show (www.liddyshow.us) – OK