DoD Blocks Millions of Computers From Viewing Alternative News

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By Eric Blair

After the initial surge of web traffic to alternative news websites following The Guardian breaking the NSA spying story, traffic has slowed considerably despite the continued interest in the NSA story as well as other alternative headlines.

This dramatic drop in traffic may be due to broad censorship by the Department of Defense on “millions of computers”.

What began as a rumor that the military brass was ordering soldiers not to view news about the whistleblower revelations that the NSA is spying on all Americans has swelled into a confirmed military-wide censorship campaign using a high-tech computer filtering system.

The US News and World Report is reporting that the DoD is blocking access to all articles related to the NSA scandal from all DoD computers. The filter reportedly effects millions of computers and potentially thousands of alternative news websites.

According to U.S. News:

The Department of Defense is blocking online access to news reports about classified National Security Agency documents made public by Edward Snowden. The blackout affects all of the department’s computers and is part of a department-wide directive.

“Any website that runs information that the Department of Defense still considers classified” is affected, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told U.S. News in a phone interview.

According to Pickart, news websites that re-report information first published by The Guardian or other primary sources are also affected.

“If that particular website runs an article that our filters determine has classified information… the particular content on that website will remain inaccessible,” he said.
Pickart said the blackout affects “millions” of computers on “all Department of Defense networks and systems.”

This is perhaps one of the most shocking display of blatant censorship in the history of the United States. The idea that classified information should still be treated as “off limits” to regular military personnel after its broad release to the public makes no sense.

Unless, of course, they don’t want soldiers learning the truth about what their government is doing for fear that they may recognize who the true enemies of the Constitution are.

Or this may simply be a beta test of the government’s technical capability to filter Internet traffic away from certain news stories and the websites that carry them.

In either case, this should be a HUGE story in itself.  Draconian Internet censorship has finally arrived in a big way.

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  • Ken, your UK friend

    Morning. The Guardian are my 2nd favourite paper. My favourite is the Metro because it is freely available on most buses, tubes and from distributors in town centres.
    I also frequent the BBC and Daily Mail websites to keep on top of developments. Sometimes visited Infowars but Alex Jones is too intense for me and he comes across as a showman not a reporter.
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    Take this. You hardly ever now see children out playing, going on long bike rides, even camping.
    The Famous Five novels by Enid Blyton show a picture of the Middle Rural England I once knew and today grieve over. I believe we will never get back that innocent life.
    Fact climate change. Fact GM organisms will cause unpredictable changes to the ecosystem. Fact I used to be comfortably well off and educated public school middle class. Now I fear I will have zero resource to cope in my old age. My prayers have not been answered.
    Honour, fair play and the motto of the London Stock Exchange is ‘Dictum Meum Pactum’. It means my word is my bond. Shame the financial world knows only scandal.
    I still come from the old school and have chosen to forgive posters on all websites who upset me with their distinct lack of distinction because I believe they have no control over the forces that rule them. Their attitude is here to stay and this is the youth of today.
    I will not change because my values were handed down from father to son. I know I mustnt get so angry. I feel inside no different to how I did as a teenager except of course my receding hairline, flabby gut and unfortunate gout. I dont mind if you laugh at me and my unorthodox ways of getting things off my chest. Thankyou for being an online friend I could rely on.
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  • Old Poor Richard

    When classified information appears on a government-owned unclassified computer, they must go through a laborious process to “cleanse” the computer, to the point of wiping the hard drive and reinstalling windows and all the applications. This isn’t censorship any more than simply banning browsing on work computers. The Army allows Facebook access. My wife’s employer blocks Facebook.

    Remember, the soldiers don’t own these computers, the Army owns these computers.