Wednesday, October 01, 2008

US Soldiers Blocked From Blogging

Security is often cited as the justification for restricting soldiers' rights to free speech, and the subordination of the U.S. military to civilian authority implies that soldiers should refrain from criticizing policy. However, the military is by definition an authoritarian institution, so legitimate concerns are often used--and I speak from experience--to stifle free speech, even when soldiers are legitimately and clearly speaking in a private capacity. Here we have an example, of the Pentagon striving to rein in and suppress military bloggers, whose accounts do not jibe with the approved narrative in Iraq.
US Soldiers Blocked From Blogging

A few blogs mentioned in the article:
The D-Ring
Intel Dump
82 on the loose

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