U.S. Army Restricts Troops’ Access To The Guardian Newspaper Website

guardian newspaper website Soldiers will not be allowed to catch up on Glenn Greenwald’s column in The Guardian Newspaper during their spare time. Reported first by the Monterey County Herald:

The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to the Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday’s Herald, but Armywide. Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since the Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.

Gordon Van Vleet, spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.”

He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative “network hygiene” measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

The Guardian’s website has classified documents about the NSA’s program of monitoring phone records of Verizon customers, a project called Prism which gave the agency “direct access” to data held by Google, Facebook, Apple and others, and more.

The source of the leaks, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, is on the run from American authorities. He is a former contractor for the agency.

Van Vleet said the department does not determine what sites its personnel can choose to see on the DOD system, but “relies on automated filters that restrict access based on content concerns or malware threats.”

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4 Responses to U.S. Army Restricts Troops’ Access To The Guardian Newspaper Website

  1. Anarchy Pony July 2, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Can’t let the fodder start to regret joining the legion.

    • Adamas Macalz July 2, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      “net hygiene” sounds more like “I don’t want any of these fuckers getting ideas”

  2. Charlie Primero July 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    The really sickening thing is that millions of Americans think A.) this would actually restrict access to Greenwald, and B.) it’s a good idea.

    The fact that most Americans now support increasing state security after being given the Snowdenjob proves that Snowden was a Limited Hangout.

    Remember. National Socialists won every election in Germany, Italy, and Spain until WWII, and every election in America since 1968.

  3. rtb61 July 3, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    The claim that they don’t censor content it’s automated systems that do the censoring is much like the childish argument of the older brother grabbing the younger brothers wrist and then forcing the younger brother to hit himself, arguing that the he didn’t hit hos brother, his brother was hitting himself.
    Seriously how stupidly childish can Van Vleet be in his excuses for censoring the news.

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