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More On the Military Ban of Websites and OpSec Restrictions on bloggers

Kevin Sites and Blackfive favorite, LaShawn Barber, discuss the military restrictions on personal use of the Internet.  I think Kevin gets it mostly wrong ("friendly fire", etc. bias, bias, bias).  CNN as usual breathlessly discussing keeping the bad news from getting out...whereas we see it as keeping the good news from getting out.  And, IMHO, the Iraqi government announcing that camera crews could not film the aftermath of an attack (for two hours) is directed at Al Jazeera's links to the insurgency and Al Qaeda...Sites doesn't mention how the journalists just happen to be filming when the attack occurs or immediately after (ducking).

I believe this is from Hot Air's YouTube Channel:

More on OpSec here, here and here.

And here's a comment from a post where I requested info from the war zone about the military's complaint about network resources (the one liner at the end is worth the read):

Well at the FOBs in particular, the bandwidth is on a satellite. The DoD does have a point.

I'm furious over the efforts at message control aimed at the blogs. Some stuff is showing up in the blogs that shouldn't. That's an education issue. AR 530-1 Operations Security makes a lot of good guys criminal.

The myspace restriction is the most significant. Lots of the young guys use their myspace pages to communicate with loved ones back home. All glittery BS aside, it's a great one-to-many medium.

Also important are the memorial myspace pages for those that didn't make it back.

I think it's a ham-handed solution. I would have liked to see a "share the pain" strategy. They could have restricted the bandwidth hogs to a few machines in a morale tent. I'm sorry if that means the Exec's 100th PowerPoint presentation takes an extra second to send.

He can wait.