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Is the Military Blocking Liberal Sites?

Chris M. asks me if this is true. 

Wonkette posts Our Boys Need Gossip where one of the editors writes that they understand that Wonkette is blocked for various reasons.  But then lists sites that are available or not available at one FOB (sent by a Marine reader) implying that the military is blocking liberal sites because they are, well, liberal.  Por ejemplo, here's just two sites the Marine offers:

  • Bill O’Reilly (www.billoreilly.com) – OK
  • Air America (www.airamericaradio.com) – “Forbidden, this page (http://www.airamericaradio.com/) is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion.”

Since you can't comment at Wonkette unless you receive an invite, I sent an email:

More than likely it's a standard html filter that's blocking you. The military uses various software filters and each service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) and command (CENTCOM, SOCOM, etc) use different brands of software. 

Blackfive.net was blocked at about half of the FOBs in Iraq and most USAF facilities due to the html filtering software.  I think that you'd be hard pressed to label me as on the far left.  I've petitioned to be removed from some of the filters (which is probably what some soldiers did to get Liddy or Rush or whoever to be available).  And language filtering will get you labeled as pornography.  And Bulletin boards are infamous as a nice spot to get a virus...

So, bottom line, I think you're absolutely wrong about any blocking of liberal sites because they are simply liberal.

Oh, and Zogby?  Most soldiers I know would rather be home with their families than in Iraq.  Who wouldn't rather be home with family or at a backyard BBQ or sitting at a Cub's game drinking a beer?  But they've got a job to do and they're there doing it. 

Best,

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Matt
Blackfive
http://www.blackfive.net

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