Wonkette gets a letter from a marine in Iraq, complaining about the military blocking internet sites:
Unfortunately anonomizers don’t work out here (never have). Anyway, I had a few minutes today and thought I’d look and see what else was banned on the Marine web here. I think the results speak for themselves:
- Wonkette – Forbidden, this page is categorized as: Forum/Bulletin Boards, Politics/Opinion
- Bill O’Reilly – OK
- Air America – Forbidden, this page is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion
- Rush Limbaugh – OK
- ABC News “The Note” – OK
- Website of the Al Franken Show – Forbidden, this page is categorized as: Internet Radio/TV, Politics/Opinion
- G. Gordon Liddy Show – OK
- Don & Mike Show – Forbidden, this page is categorized as: Profanity, Entertainment/Recreation/Hobbies
- Talking Points Memo – blocked
- Boing Boing – blocked
- This Modern World – blocked
- Eschaton – blocked
- Daily Kos – blocked
- The Agitator – blocked
- Kim DuToit – OK
- Daily Dish – OK
- Daily Pundit – OK
In addition, I noted that while Molly Ivins’ editorials were blocked, Rush Limbaugh’s web site came right up.
This kind of censorship even extends to what’s displayed on military TV sets. There’s a USAF regulation that says public area TVs must be tuned to CNN. But walk into any USAF waiting area today and the TVs will probably be tuned to Fox News. I have no idea what’s going on in the other services, but I bet it’s the same.
As Wonkette’s correspondent remarks, the results speak for themselves. This is, quite simply, political censorship. Heavy-handed and wrong, unconstitutionally so. It’s un-American, and it’s high time bloggers and the press start talking about it. Oh, by the way, my other blog is is one of those banned by the military. So, you see, I have a dog in this fight. But whether you blog or not, so do you.
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