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  1. Marlin T

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    DOD blocking YouTube, others
    To save bandwidth, officials say several sites to be off-limits at work </B>

    By Leo Shane III, and T.D. Flack, Stars and Stripes
    Mideast edition, Sunday, May 13, 2007




    Starting Monday, the Defense Department will block access to MySpace, YouTube and a host of other sites on official department computers worldwide, in an effort to boost its network efficiency.
    Troops and families living on U.S. bases will still be able to view the sites through private Internet networks, but the move leaves servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan who use the popular picture- and video-sharing sites with little or no access to them.
    Defense officials said the move is solely a reaction to the heavy drain the streaming video and audio can put on the defense computer network.
    “We’re not passing any judgment on these sites, we’re just saying you shouldn’t be accessing them at work,” said Julie Ziegenhorn, spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command. “This is a bandwidth and network management issue. We’ve got to have the networks open to do our mission. They have to be reliable, timely and secure.”
    In a message to troops from U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell on Friday, he acknowledged many of the sites being blocked are used by troops to keep in touch with family and friends.
    “This recreational traffic impacts our official DOD network and bandwidth availability, while posting a significant operational security challenge,” he wrote.
    Ironically, the Defense Department this year had just begun expanding its own use of YouTube to reach a younger, broader audience and show clips of U.S. troops in action.
    Multi-National Force — Iraq, U.S. Army Civil Affairs Command in Afghanistan, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Gulf Region have all launched new channels on the Web site to highlight recent successes overseas.
    Ziegenhorn said that wasn’t taken into consideration when the Joint Task Force Global Network Operations began reviewing and flagging sites that posed problems to the network.
    “This is all about what is a drain on the system,” she said.
    A review of the banned sites has been under way since February, she said. And the task force is still considering other problematic addresses to add to the list.
    “This will be an ever-evolving discussion, because we need to constantly make sure those networks are available and secure,” she said.
    The official policy blocking the sites will be released Monday, the same day they go into effect. But Ziegenhorn said most network administrators are already aware of the change.
    The individual services have already blocked some sites for the same bandwidth issues. In addition, Defense Department policy prohibits troops or civilian workers from using government computers from accessing inappropriate sites because of inappropriate content, such as pornography.


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    This is a horrible situation; places like YouTube are places that our troops upload, or otherwise convey the REAL story that is going on in Iraq. (jet skiing, car racing, motor cycling, weddings, new houses, there stock market…) Contrary to the mainstream news, it isn’t all bad news. The same thing applies to Myspace.com. I would like to see a list of ALL the sites that are now banned. On side note, I bet that porn sites aren’t on the list.

    What about those who blog from Iraq and Afghanistan? Are they now cut off from informing those like me, who try to see the whole story? You will NEVER get good news from ANY of the TV stations and I would go as far to say that there is a lot more good than there is bad.

    Just what department of the Govt decided to do this? I’m not pointing any fingers yet, but the Dems are in charge and it seems logical that they would want to silence any of the good news that comes from far off places just to promote their cut and run, dedicated to defeat policies. Sure would be easier for them if NO ONE knows about any of the good that we are actually doing.

    “Security Challenges” huh? If someone is putting other troops in harms way, or giving out classified information there are better means to deal with them besides saying you can’t talk about anything on myspace. Maybe like court marshalling them.

    Bandwidth? If this were truly the case, these same sites would have been banned a long time ago.

    Senator Warner seems to be hopping mad about this situation, so those parents and active duty here don’t give up hope, contact your Senators and give them a piece of your mind. Unless of course, you can no longer contact them either.
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    marlin ~ they have been trying to cut out private emails & blogs since april 19!
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    Rosie, can you put a name or names on the they?

    I sure would like to see that list of names, and I'll bet that theys are all Dems.

    Come on Rosie, you can do it!
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    hmmm... probably not! LOL! i do know that michelle maulkin's site was where i found out about it.
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