p2pnet news | Freedom:- AFNOC – the US Air Force Network Operations Center – says it, "provides command and control operation and security of the Air Force Network to ensure its availability for Air, Space, and Information Operations".
And that now includes blocking blogs with the word ‘blog’ in their URLs,
It’s the, "latest move in a larger struggle within the military over the value – and hazards – of the sites," says Wired.
And at least one senior Air Force official calls the squeeze so "utterly stupid, it makes me want to scream," says the story, going on:
"Until recently, each major command of the Air Force had some control over what sites their troops could visit, the Air Force Times reports. Then the Air Force Network Operations Center, under the service’s new ‘Cyber Command,’ took over."
Air Force colonel Tom Ehrhard, now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, believes there are "legitimate security reasons why blogs need to be restricted," says Wired.
"It is increasingly clear that active exploitation could take advantage of airmen and civilians who want to inform and correct the often outrageous, false assertions on these blogs," he declares, adding:
"In doing so, it is easy for well-meaning insiders to violate operational security (OPSEC) tenets, either directly or tangentially. We are in a different world today when it comes to sensitive military information, and foreign intelligence operatives surely understand this and will exploit it.
"As a former member of Strategic Air Command, where OPSEC was (rightly) an obsession, this has been obvious to me for some time in reading aerospace-oriented blogs.
"This policy strikes me as a timely reminder to Air Force professionals that they should be on guard when blogging, because someone is watching."
Wired – Air Force Blocks Access to Many Blogs, February 27, 2008