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May 2nd, 2007

On Vox: Army censors soldiers

This is fucking appalling. The U.S. Army - that is, the entity that is delivering hand-packed "freedom" to various other lands - now requires that its soldiers get all blog and personal email content approved by a commanding officer before sending or posting. Seriously, are they fucking kidding me? These people who have signed up to risk their life in Bush's bullshit wankfest are to be treated like prisoners of the lowest fucking caliber? What kind of vile way is that to treat people? I can't imagine being a nineteen year old kid, halfway across the world in the most hostile desert, away from your significant other, maybe a kid, scared shitless that you're going to get your balls blown through your ass. Can you tell your comrades (is that what they're called? I don't know... )? No. You can't be the one that starts showing that kind of weakness. Can you tell your C.O.? Fuck no. He'll call you a pussy and make you scrub toilets or something. Who can you tell? Who can you write to and say, "I'm so scared I'm going to get killed for no fucking reason because this war is bullshit and all I want to do is come home and bone you silly because I'm just a fucking kid."? Well, nobody now. Unless you want it scrutinized and you want to be called disloyal or weak. Sure, write a blog post about how Bush and Cheney are douchebags for putting you there and see what happens when the guy above you decides to interpret that as unpatriotic, SOLDIER.

If any U.S. Army personnel read this, and you want to tell a story without it getting tied to your name. You can email it to me at usarmy at damndirtyape dot net. I will post it here and then promptly delete the email and forget your name. Fuck Army censorship right in its fatigues.

Originally posted on pop.vox.com