There was a general order issued throughout the CENTCOM AOR covering blogs and other related websites. It basically said that all blog users had to register their site and commanders were responsible for monitoring their soldiers sites quarterly for appropriate content (ie no violations of OPSEC). It is a bit of a pain, but nobody is trying to curtail freedom of speech - they just want to be sure that soldiers aren't giving away sensitive information. Part of the reason a lot of soldiers want to remain anonymous is because some soldiers inflate their experiences and become worried their comrades will see it and hassle them. Complaining about big brother is a bit of a smokescreen, I've had a weblog for months and never had an issue.
Earlier today, Kevin from Boots on the Ground wrote a post revealing an interesting bit of news:
Another blow to the military blog community. A 3 star General approved an "order" that all milbloggers have to tell their chain of command about their blog. This is very unfortunate obviously that alot of people want to see the soldier's side and plus see alot of what is going on that the news cannot and will not cover. I think the news papers do a better job at revealing US military tactics and strategy to insurgents than our blogs could ever do. I, and many other people, even many civilians I know say there shouldn't be any reporters embedded with US troops or that they don't even belong there.
O. K. I am reeling with anger at whatever high ranking officials are responsible for violating the rights of the men and women who are in Iraq supposedly defending and preserving these very same rights granted to all citizens of our country. Now, they are being CENSORED. No longer may they open their hearts and minds onto their blog's, freely! The several that I follow, in hopes of learning the reality of day to life in war have been tremendously eye opening . They also have allowed me and any other person to offer support in the smallest ways to them .through words, prayers, packages etc. They know that I do not support this war; however, I will do what ever small things I can to support and encourage them
What can we do as American Citizens to ban together and demand that they too be free to express themselves, with out fear of punishment.???
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xo your, Beezy
My precious God Daughter visits from the other coast.
She thinks its a present to her for graduation
But I am the one who gets the greatest gift.
"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."
- Napoleon Hill
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
How can I help you
To say good-bye
It's ok to hurt
and it's ok to cry
Come let me hold you
and I will try
How can I help you
female country singer
(can't recall her name)