Air Force censors websites with WikiLeaks reports

There you go! That will solve the problem because nobody in the USAF has a computer at home. Nor would anyone have a mobile phone with a browser. So maybe we should just call this boneheaded move, China-Lite. Since we are in an economic crisis, how much is this going to cost the taxpayers to restrict data that is easily reached? It’s obvious that some in the upper echelons of the military don’t appreciate the severity of the economic crisis. It’s really time for that to change and their budgets need to experience at least the same level of chopping as other budgets. If they have enough time and money to waste on this, they clearly have much too much budget available.

The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

When Air Force personnel on the service’s computer network try to view the Web sites of The Times, the British newspaper The Guardian, the German magazine Der Spiegel, the Spanish newspaper El País and the French newspaper Le Monde, as well as other sites that posted full confidential cables, the screen says “Access Denied: Internet usage is logged and monitored,” according to an Air Force official whose access was blocked and who shared the screen warning with The Times. Violators are warned that they face punishment if they try to view classified material from unauthorized Web sites.


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