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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:30 AM
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ThinkProgress is now banned from the U.S. military network in Baghdad.




http://thinkprogress.org/?tag=Military


U.S. Military Censors ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress is now banned from the U.S. military network in Baghdad.

Recently, an avid ThinkProgress reader a U.S. soldier serving his second tour in Iraq wrote to us and said that he can no longer access ThinkProgress.org. The error message he received:

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The ban began sometime shortly after Aug. 22, when Ret. Maj. Gen. John Batiste was our guest blogger on ThinkProgress. He posted an op-ed that was strongly critical of the Presidents policies and advocated a responsible and deliberate redeployment from Iraq. Previously, both the Wall Street Journal and Washington Times had rejected the piece. An excerpt:

It is disappointing that so many elected representatives of my party continue to blindly support the administration rather than doing what is in the best interests of our country. Traditionally, my party has maintained a conservative view on questions regarding our Armed Forces. For example, we commit our military only when absolutely necessary. <>..........

So, is Fox news banned??
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:33 AM
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1. If we let the troops have unfiltered information, pretty soon EVERYONE will want it. nm
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:33 AM
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2. "Not surprisingly, both the National Review and Fox News are still accessible."


nope!!
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:34 AM
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3. Who can provide a list of blocked domains? FOIA ???
I would like to know which domains are blocked by all government servers.

The Salem, OR, Peace and Justice Center waqs blocked as a terrorist site!
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Maq Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:45 AM
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6. here is the pdf URL link
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 01:31 PM
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7. Those are the ones they tell us about! How many more?
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Maq Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 02:21 PM
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8. I suppose the list is updated periodically depending
on how much of a Right Winger the officer is that makes it. Like in civilian life, Orders, Statutues etc are very infrequently modified or rescinded.

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Maq Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:37 AM
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4. same question by kpete

THERE GOES FREE SPEECH
Army Requires Soldiers to clear blog, email content with Commanders
Wired News | Noah Shachtman | Posted May 2, 2007 06:42 PM

EXCERPT:...The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say.
Military officials have been wrestling for years with how to handle troops who publish blogs. Officers have weighed the need for wartime discretion against the opportunities for the public to personally connect with some of the most effective advocates for the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq -- the troops themselves. The secret-keepers have generally won the argument, and the once-permissive atmosphere has slowly grown more tightly regulated. Soldier-bloggers have dropped offline as a result.


I have the military order on a pdf file if you wish to see it.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-02-07 10:39 AM
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5. If they aren't doing anything wrong, then they don't have anything
to fear, so I guess they have done plenty wrong and can't handle the truth of it. Counting the seconds 'til Cheney announces resignation.

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