Monday, May 14, 2007

the Pentagon bans Youtube, myspace, etc.

I guess you know that Mr. Bush and co are getting pretty desparate. This is unfreakingbelievable. The Defense Department has announced it will begin blocking access on its computers and networks "worldwide" to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites, according to a memo sent Friday by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.

So the U.S. has what, 300,000 troops deployed worldwide right now? They are cutting off access to what for many is a primary mode of communication and connection with friends and family back home. They're claiming it's to protect both "bandwidth and sensitive information". I guess we might as well just move to China. Now not only is the Bush administration illegally monitoring civilian phone usage, it's outright attempting to ban parts of the web.

Of course, it's totally ridiculous. You can't ban parts of the web. It's like trying to swallow the ocean. Soldiers will use private networks or other web services to accomplish the same things.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Propaganda Minister

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