March 06, 2006
|Land Of The Free||Rights, Law|
The US military's net blocks US troops in Iraq from accessing certain websites. Here's what a Marine reported to Wonkette:
...I had a few minutes today and thought I'd look and see what else was banned on the Marine web here. I think the results speak for themselves:
Wonkette - "Forbidden, this page (http://www.wonkette.com/) is categorized as: Forum/Bulletin Boards, Politics/Opinion." Bill O'Reilly (www.billoreilly.com) - OK Air America (www.airamericaradio.com) - "Forbidden, this page (http://www.airamericaradio.com/) is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion." Rush Limbaugh (www.rushlimbaugh.com) - OK ABC News "The Note" - OK Website of the Al Franken Show (www.alfrankenshow.com) - "Forbidden, this page (http://www.airamericaradio.com/) is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion." G. Gordon Liddy Show (www.liddyshow.us) - OK
Bringin' freedom and democracy to Iraq.
It's annoying, but it's also spectacularly lame. As if the kids serving over there, kids who've grown up in an Internet-file-sharing-free-music-downloading-digital-photo-swapping-IM-buddy-list world, won't feel dissed by this. They're not stupid, even if the military insists on treating them like they are. More proof of cluelessness at the top.