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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


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May. 3rd, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
Just going off of what you've said here, because I need to get to bed and reading that article will keep me up, I'm not inclined to agree with you. A CO's duty in this sense is to his entire unit, and he's responsible for making sure that his soldiers aren't putting information in a public space that could jeopardize them or the rest of their unit. Even miniscule details can become relevant given the right context. I'd ask soldiers how they feel about it before you get mad on their behalf - they might not necessarily agree with you either. Both of my parents were in the military, and I'd be glad to ask them their thoughts on it if you'd like. They don't have to talk to *their* COs, after all :) In all fairness, though, despite the fact that they're both relatively ahead of the technology curve for people their age, blogging isn't something I think either of them are terribly interested in, so they may be predisposed.
May. 3rd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
That's just the way of the military. Mail is read, photos are monitored, news and other media are contained, plenty of websites and IP addresses are blocked from anyone using a military ISP (in wartime or not)... reminds me of the scene in "Good Morning Vietnam" where they hand Robin Williams his news post for the day, there are thick black lines drawn through almost all the text except for one or two very banal news reports that he's allowed to read.
May. 3rd, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, regular mail too. Everything that goes out or comes in is searched before it gets to its party. Had a buddy send me back a package from Iraq v2.0 and some items were actually stolen from the box by the person who searched it (and not confiscated, because confiscated items are always noted in an affidavit which is packed).

Some very old coins for my collection (yes, I'm a geek), fuckers!
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