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Army steps up efforts to monitor military bloggers Guard unit looking online for violations of security standards By Leo Shane III

Stars and StripesMideast edition, Sunday, October 29, 2006

WASHINGTON — A new Army effort to monitor soldiers’ personal Web sites is raising concerns among military bloggers, who worry the service is discouraging the online community’s positive efforts.
Since July a new 10-man branch of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Data Processing Unit — a team of guardsmen trained in security issues — has been surveying the Internet for the Army, looking for online postings that might violate operational security standards.
The group isn’t reviewing things like soldiers’ e-mail accounts, but it is looking at blogs and photo-sharing sites like
Last year Army officials issued warnings to all soldiers posting information online, noting that certain mission information, photographs of defense facilities, and other unclassified information could pose a threat to soldiers serving overseas.
Lt. Col. Stephen Warnock, commander of the data processing team, said blogs have been just a small part of their work. Most of the work is reviewing official military sites, which are .mil sites like, and making sure that documents and pictures being posted don’t reveal too many details about Army operations.
Between July and September, the unit has reviewed more than 800,000 Web sites, only about 500 of which included soldiers’ personal blogs.
“Most bloggers are very aware that they are speaking to the world,” he said. “When sites are reviewed and we do find information that contains (security) issues, we usually receive great cooperation from the user community.”
Still, the Guard review group — made public by the Army just this month — and an August Army order stating that all items uploaded to public Web sites by soldiers must first “be reviewed for security concerns” has put many military bloggers on edge.
Noah Shachtman, editor of defensetech. org, said in the last few weeks he has seen one blog run by an active-duty soldier voluntarily shut down because of increased pressure from commanders, and another blog switched from active-duty writers to civilian commentators for the same reason.
“The fact that soldiers want to write about their experiences is something that should be embraced by the Army,” he said. “They’re not looking to bad-mouth the military. They’re looking to talk proudly about their experiences.”
The August order specifically states that soldiers may not create or update their blogs during duty hours, and the sites must not “contain information on military activities that is not available to the general public.”
That includes “comments on daily military activities and operations, unit morale, results of operations, status of equipment, and other information that may be beneficial to adversaries.”
If soldiers are found violating those rules, both the servicemembers and their commanding officers are notified. Warnock said after that leadership can decide what punishment, if any, the soldiers should face.
“What happens after that is up to the user and leadership,” Warnock said. “All we do is point out what we found, and almost everyone understands our concern for our soldiers’ safety and takes immediate steps to correct the possible problem.”
Warnock and other Army officials said their goal is not to shut down soldier bloggers, only to make sure their writings don’t jeopardize military operations.
Civilian and veteran bloggers in April gathered in Washington, D.C., for a conference on milblogging and petitioned the Army to accept the sites as a positive and honest look at troops’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recently they’ve gone online to attack the August rule revisions, calling them a step in the opposite direction.
Shachtman said he thinks the service has adopted a hostile attitude toward blogs, which he worries will lead to self-censorship by soldiers.
“This is about winning the hearts and minds of the American public too,” he said of the combat operation overseas. “You’ve got 150,000 spokespeople serving in Iraq right now. I can’t believe they’re not being encouraged to use blogs.”

4 comentarios:

Isabel Batteria dijo...

¿Cómo se siente saberse espiado? What's next? ¿Conversaciones telefónicas?

C dijo...

Créeeme que ya todo eso ocurre. Si has leido sobre el USA PATRIOT ACT podrás tener una idea de de cuan intervenidas estan nuestras vidas (me refiero del gobierno del sherif 4 plumas a sus ciudadanos incluyendo al territorio de Agueybana). Algo que es bien seguro en la empresa de Gi-Joe es que sean civiles como yo o militares, nos advierten que siempre estamos siendo monitoreados por ellos y los demas, pues estamos a merced de covertirnos en fuentes de información al enemigo, como les llama el gobierno de jorgito matojo. Tanto, que nos advierten que aun un recibo de compra puede convertirse en información útil para los otros.

La recopilcación de información ocurre todos los dias de nuestras vidas por el gobierno, los comercios y las emoresas de mercadeo; por ejemplo cada vez que usas la plástica para pagar se sabe quien eres, de que enfermedad padeces cuando pagas los medicamentos, que tipo de persona eres por la ropa que compras, la musica, tu dieta, etc... lo que escribimos en nuestros tus blooooogs

A mi ya ni me preocupa, por eso digo las cosas mas o menos como las pienso, aunque en ocasiones tengo que borrar para evitar meterme en problemas, pues como a veces escribo desde mi oficina que es una red encriptada y bajo monitoreo constante, imajina las consecunecias. Cuando estaba en PR me cortaban el telefono y el internet a cada rato, pero en la telefonica nunca sabian expilcarme porque. Me ocurria desde que me pasanba leyendo las noticias en en el pais de Alibaba...ademas de leer una revista cientifica del pais donde se Hemingway se daba el mojito.

Ya a esta alturas creo mr. monitor
me conoce bastante bien y no debo representar peligro.

En fin Sí, me incomoda saber que hay muchos ojos sin rostro que me estan observando.....por eso estoy ahora mismo con las nalgas por fuera haciendole un monshine bien jamericano.....Quien sabe a lo mejor un dia nos encontremos en un resort de los que tiene la Culinary Institue of Art regao pr el planeta....

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