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US Censors Websites

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US Censors Websites

If you are not for us you are against us

By Nick Farrell: Thursday 02 March 2006, 15:46

US MARINES stationed in Iraq are complaining that the US government is restricting access their access to websites too much.

Along with porn sites, on the Army’s list of banned sites include mail sites such as Yahoo, AT&T, Hotmail. The censors are also blocking blogs and sites that do not agree with the current administration.

One marine wrote to a site called Wonkette to tell them that it was on the banned list. He said he didn’t mind The Army blocking access to porn sites, because it was a government network but he and the troops were getting miffed that access to email and possibly-not-toeing-the-government-line websites was a bit much.

Apparently the censorship is being done by the USMC Network Operations Center in Quantico, VA.

They don’t like it when troops want read minute-by-minute updates of Anna Nicole Smith's appearance before the Supreme Court or read birthday cards to disgraced lobbyists.

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I hardly even have to say a word.

But, what the hell? Just a few.

Keep soldiers ignorant of what they are really fighting for, or they might decide they don't want to die and fight to expand the American Empire.

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Thats just stupid.

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This is what my Company Commander told us when I went through basic training:

The military is the closest thing you will ever come to a dictatorship....as long as there is a military!

The military owns the computers in question. They can restrict anything they want...they own the computers. No one can tell a soldier that they cannot buy their own computer and they cannot tell them that if they do to restrict what websites they visit.

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OK. What's your point?

Do many soldiers go to Iraqi computer stores and buy themselves PC's, then set up their own internet access??

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The military is the closest thing you will ever come to a dictatorship....as long as there is a military!

I agree.

If they wanted them to wear pink underwear on Tuesdays and eat pork every Friday then that is exactly what every single one of them have to do unless they get a special waiver.

People in the military do not have the same rights or privileges (healthcare, housing, taxes, licenses, voting) as civilians, and that is also why they need special military courts.

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You can understand why email is blocked for secutiry reasons. As for the blogs, well we've always know Bush was an insecure individual.

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Most of you don't seem to realise this is about more than a these soldiers rights!!! Many of them are putting their lives in danger on a daily basis. They are fighting and killing in the name of a cause, which unrestricted internet access, will expose as a fallacy.

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they have sites censored for Security reasons.

if a troop is to type something like "I'm going out on patrol tonight near Baghdad"

they enemy could be reading this and prepare an ambush

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They are fighting and killing in the name of a cause, which unrestricted internet access, will expose as a fallacy.

...in your opinion. :tu:

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Posted (edited)

Hell 90% of soldiers still think they are retaliating for Saddam's role in 9-11 for Godsakes!!!!!

Zogby Poll

Edited by RedEyeJedi

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My brother is there right now....they just set up thier own internet service, and there are not restrictions. When you sign up for the military, you know from the start that they own you. If they want to restrict access to stuff like that on thier networks, that is thier own choice. Just like a schools, and employers ban websites they dont find appropriate..even if they do choose to block anti-bush, anti-administration, or anti-america websites. Soldiers are already going through enough over there, they dont need to see how a portion of thier county is abandoning them. The people who are over there chose to be there. They chose to sign up for the military knowing that they would/could go to war, and they knew that they would become property of the military.

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Hell 90% of soldiers still think they are retaliating for Saddam's role in 9-11 for Godsakes!!!!!

Zogby Poll

Thanks for the link. That poll was kind of disturbing, especially these points:

*While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”

*While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy...

*Asked why they think some Americans favor rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, 37% of troops serving there said those Americans are unpatriotic...

*About two in five see the insurgency as being comprised of discontented Sunnis with very few non-Iraqi helpers.

As for this one:

*Just 30% of troops said they think the Department of Defense has failed to provide adequate troop protections, such as body armor, munitions, and armor plating for vehicles like HumVees.

I'm glad to see the number of dissatisfied troops was not higher, but 30% still seems like a lot.

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Posted (edited)

As i said once, they are brainwashed killer machines who realy dont know what the hell are they doing there.

Soldier1: " Yeeeeeaaah lets kick Sadam's ass!!!"

Soldier2: "Damn right, lets ROCK!!!"

Soldier3: "I need my kill!!!"

Justaguyfromnowhere: " Hey dudes, Sadam is captured...".

Soldier1: "WTF?!"

Soldier2: "ok whatever, lets go rape someone :tu: "

Soldier3: " Or kill.."

No offense. :tu:

And before someone says " you moron US soldiers dont rape!" , here some cases:

Edit; inappropriate links removed. This isn't the place to post such links, lets keep the focus on the topic at hand and not derail it by bringing up other issues that have nothing to do with the original premise. Any inappropriate links will be removed and the violator dealt with.

Go Go Freedom fighters! :angry:

Edited by Magikman

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As i said once, they are brainwashed killer machines who realy dont know what the hell are they doing there.

don't group all of them together...

No offense. :tu:

offense taken...

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How can someone say something so idiotic and judgemental, then say "no offence". :rolleyes:

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Posted (edited)

As i said once, they are brainwashed killer machines who realy dont know what the hell are they doing there.

Links removed as they are not appropriate for a forum of all ages.

And many many more...

Go Go Freedom fighters! :angry:

What bulls***.

Edited by Fluffybunny

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As i said once, they are brainwashed killer machines who realy dont know what the hell are they doing there.

Good soldiers follow orders.

Bad soldiers are often shot in the field by commanding officers. (See Civil War USA)

That is the way war has always been.

People sometimes commit atrocities on both sides in a war.

It is a big reason to always try to avoid military conflicts.

It is the nature of war to drive people to the brink of madness and some fall over the edge.

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Posted (edited)

What bulls***.

You would say the same if it was your wife?

edited to remove link, this is a forum of all ages, and that link is not appropriate.

Edited by Fluffybunny

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Just 30% of troops said they think the Department of Defense has failed to provide adequate troop protections, such as body armor, munitions, and armor plating for vehicles like HumVees.

lol, Armor, body Armor,ect.. wont protect much.

Humvee armor doesnt matter if you roll over an IED

Abrams tanks are not even safe when it comes to IED's

Body Armor is primarily to protect against shrapnel from Grenades,Artillary,ect.... the only bullets that body armor can defend against are small caliber ammunition like 9 mm.

and if you dont have armor plating...I have read of grunts in the past that improvised with Sand-bags that seems to have worked fairly well. :tu:

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Bad soldiers are often shot in the field by commanding officers. (See Civil War USA)

That is the way war has always been.

Thats just as BS. That doesnt happen today.

You would say the same if it was your wife?

Yes, I would, because I know that, although there are a couple of bad apples in every group, the vast, vast majority of soldiers are not like you describe them.

Oh, and btw, the pics on that website... I remember them being shown to be fake.

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I remember them being shown to be fake.

Yes? Prove it.

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Posted (edited)

How can someone say something so idiotic and judgemental, then say "no offence". :rolleyes:

My thoughts exactly.

Edited by Captain Megaton

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Yes? Prove it.

Alright. Well, the most blatantly obvious way to prove it is to take a look at the uniforms. Those arent US desert uniforms, are they? Something else to note: The uniforms arent even being worn properly. There's no tshirt underneath...

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Thats just as BS. That doesnt happen today.

Of course it does. If an officer sees a soldier raping or murdering innocent civilians and they do not obey the command to stop, they will shoot them.

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Of course it does. If an officer sees a soldier raping or murdering innocent civilians and they do not obey the command to stop, they will shoot them.

What kind of world do you live in?

It astounds me that so many people can talk about a subject that they are so ignorant about.

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