Air Force Reportedly Blocks News Sites

Posted by on Dec 14, 2010 in Wikileaks | No Comments

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Air Force users who try to view the websites of the New York Times, Britain’s Guardian, Spain’s El Pais, France’s Le Monde or German magazine Der Spiegel instead get a page that says, “ACCESS DENIED. Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored,” according to a screen shot reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. The notice warns that anyone who accesses unauthorized sites from military computers could be punished.

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In the past, government agencies have selectively blocked access to private websites that post controversial, disputed or classified information. But a block on the New York Times web site is really unheard of. It represents an extreme misunderstanding of information security policy.

And while this is happening Representative-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) said today:

There are different means by which you can be attacked. I mean it doesn’t have to be a bomb or an airplane flying into a building. It doesn’t have to be a shooting. It can be through cyber attacks, it could be through leaking of very sensitive classified information. Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.

If really have to ask yourself where is this going to end.

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