"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
No, I have decided that the Corps has the right and obligation to keep the troops as safe as possible.
Are you familiar with the 'social' sites mentioned? How they work? What type of immediate personal information is shared and decimated? You're basically allowing people to know what you're doing, feeling, thinking at any given moment.
Banning the specific sites mentioned in the article makes perfect sense.
What absolutely cracks me up is the hyper-partisan rants and raves about this one without fully researching the issue. These sites were already filtered out, and do NOT affect their personal pcs. So whats the problem.
However, the service's computer network already effectively blocks users from reaching social networks, officials said. Marine officials said part of the reason for the new ban was to set up a special waiver system that govern access for Marines who need to reach the sites as part of their duties.
Pentagon to evaluate online social networking - Yahoo! News
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
You don't seem to get what I am stating when I refer to "bandwidth." If 40guys want to get on a computer in one of the Internet Cafes on Al-Asad just to read his e-mails and pass some back, he must contend with the 10 others who are eating away bandwidth just to download the new Britney CD or latest celebrity XXX video, or to simply watch their missed episode of iCarly on the Disney Channel. On another note, what good does it do the military if they have investigate a case (every shooting requires one), while the entire world is making assumptions, criticisms, and conclusions based off of some idiots idea of a cool video to place on YouTube?
You are making an issue out of nothing and you are disregarding the ramifications of "open and free" in a military war zone. Consider this very real scenario.....
...this is not the way to find this out. In fact, it is disgusting. For the Marines, their is a policy in place. When a Marine in the unit dies, the Internet connection for that unit is shut down until the military in CONUS can knock on the door to prevent this very real thing from happening again.Two Marines wearing Dress Blues approach a strangers house. They knock on the door. They begin to inform the family inside that their son has died in the line of duty while serving his country with great bravery and integrity. Before they can finish, the bitter family replies that they already know because their neighbor got an e-mail from a friend or they watched their son die on YouTube in an IED attack.
This "censorship" is not about the liberal dream of utopia. It is about dealing with a very real and dangerous problem in order to save American lives in a combat zone while at the same time also allowing the military to honor their dead appropriately.
Did you know that certain clothing is also not authorized in the military? There are many things that are and are not authorized in the military. for example, I can't wear a shirt with a Swastika on it nor can I wear by Cammie blouse while wearing Dress Blue Trousers. Nor can I wear Nikes in uniform. That's why they call it a military. We exist so that the civilian can do whatever he/she pleases. For someone that served before, you sure have a bitter outlook as to what the military is supposed to be.
Last edited by MSgt; 08-05-09 at 05:51 PM.