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Citizens can still access The Guardian, just not Army personnel

The United States Army admitted this week that it has been restricting access to The Guardian, a British news website, at the Presidio at Monterey. However, the blockade against The Guardian has also been confirmed to be in effect across the entire U.S. Army. The Monterey Herald reports that access to the website has been blocked at the Presidio ever since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the NSA.

Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, known as NETCOM, spokesperson Gordon Van Vleet said that the Army has been filtering, "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."
The spokesperson also said that it is routine for the United States Army to take preventative measures to mitigate any unauthorized dissemination of classified information.

Van Vleet continued, "We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security. However, there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information."

Employees working at the Presidio can access the U.S. version of The Guardian, but are blocked from accessing articles that redirect to the British website.

The classified information released by The Guardian offered details on the NSA program that monitored phone records of Verizon customers called Prism. The leaked documents also outlined the data held by Google, Facebook, Apple, and other companies. Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former contractor for the NSA, leaked these details to The Guardian.

Source: Monterey Herald

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Free-speech bad?
By PrinceGaz on 6/28/2013 12:08:12 PM , Rating: 5
The Guardian (and sister Sunday newspaper The Observer) are well respected "serious" (not tabloid gutter-press) British newspapers which have been around in some form for around 200 years. They are somewhat left-of-centre politically, and support liberal views in general, but they could never be considered a security or any other sort of threat to anyone, unless that person is against free-speech and open discussion from all parties on what is happening in the world.

Are members of the armed forces in the US deemed incapable of viewing material and making their own judgement about it, such that they must only be allowed access to websites carrying approved content? Presumably if they're going to block moderate left-wing content like the Guardian, FOX News must have been blocked years ago as it is far more radical (in the opposite direction).

RE: Free-speech bad?
By SrogerS4 on 6/28/2013 1:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Members of the armed forces can read what they want. What they cannot do is download classified material onto an unclassified government computer system. From the Guardian main page I was two clicks away from looking at a "Top Secret" document.

RE: Free-speech bad?
By drycrust3 on 6/29/2013 2:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I think I understand what has happened. The US Army has rules that mean personnel aren't allowed to download or view classified information on computers that don't have a security clearance, and the information on the Guardian website still has a security clearance, so even though the rest of the world is free to view it, personnel who view it on an unclassified computer or smartphone will be breaking the rules. Thanks, that explains it.

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