At least, that seems to be the sentiment within the Department of
Offense Defense lately. First, the Army banned soldiers from blogging and sending personal e-mail without C.O. approval. Now, they're banned from a (likely to grow) handful of social, sharing, and blogging sites completely. The D.O.D. sites bandwidth and security concerns. Really? There aren't like, hundreds of thousands of other large corporations with huge numbers of employees on the internet that you could learn some lessons from? You have to just go all North Korea on yourselves and ban that which you can't control?
Here's the part of the article that makes my blood fucking boiling over like a seething cauldron of rage:
Yeah! Right on, Mr. Major Bruce McFuckwad General Asshole. The Army shouldn't have to foot the bill for those fucking lowlifes who just want to keep in communication with their families and friends while they still have fingers to type with. What the fuck are they thinking? IT'S NOT LIKE THE ARMY HAS A LOT OF MONEY TO BEGIN WITH.
"The U.S. Army's not going to pay the bill for you to get on MySpace and YouTube," said Maj. Bruce Mumford, of Chester, Nebraska, who is serving as the brigade communications officer for the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Iraq.
Fucking hell. It's perfectly ok to ask the soldiers to foot the bill for the bullshit war with their own asses, but if they think they're over there to enjoy free broadband then they got another thing comin'. You already get to see the world, soldiers. Don't be greedy. Also, when your tour of duty is over, you're gonna need to find your own way home.
At least Vox isn't on the list yet. Remember, soldiers, regardless of what web sites get blocked, if you can send an e-mail, you can post to your Vox blog.
Thanks, Paul, for posting about this.
Originally posted on pop.vox.com