US Air Force Blocks Internet Access To New York Times, Guardian And 23 Other Website Posting WikiLeaks Documents

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Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:28 | 806232 Flore
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USA .. land of the free...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:31 | 806244 doomandbloom
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....and they blame China for censoring the internet...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:11 | 806379 Sudden Debt
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Like I'll read the newspapers to know the news :)


10 minutes of surfing and you already know tomorrows headlines and next week headlines.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:20 | 806399 More Critical T...
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[...] leaking of documents so secret only 3 million people have access to them [...]

Btw., that's a myth (or rather, subtle misdirection from the US government) and ZH fell for it lock, stock and barrel.

The truth is that while 3 million people had some access to the cables, much fewer had full access to all of them - in particular the 'SECRET/NONFORN' ones - which contain the most controversial bits. Also, few people had access to every embassy's every cable - few people were able to see the 'full picture'.

There's many levels of access to classified materials, and the whistleblower gave wikileaks the full database so citizens can now see and research all cables that were stored in this system, with the classification level of Donald Rumsfeld and Hillary Clinton.

Something to remember when you hear the '3 million people had access to the system' argument again.


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:50 | 806479 King_of_simpletons
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That is called compartmentalization.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:49 | 806486 In Fed We Trust
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Im not sure they should be blocking the Air Force computers. Didn't the Air Force miss the 911 onslaught?  No better give the Air Force all the info they need. Might help them locate Bin Laden? Bin Laden found in Iran? Now there is a wild card/ world war starting idea. Wheather he is or isn't, it's what ever the TV tells you. Now go back to your TV.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:36 | 806762 Iam_Silverman
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sn't that "NOFORN"? - for No Foreign nationals )no release to Foreign Nationals)?

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 11:07 | 807889 Sausagemaker
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Oh, I read that as "SECRET/NONPORN". I must have been thinking about the SEC.


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 23:05 | 806962 Lord Koos
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A quick visit to a file-sharing site will reveal that the docs are available to anyone with a computer and bittorent software...


Wed, 12/15/2010 - 01:07 | 807184 revenue_anticip...
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However, HOW THE HELL DID 'EYES ONLY' AT THE LEVEL OF RUMSFELD AND CLINTON GET INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN of the ENTIRE WORLD....even the Pentagon Papers was circumscribed by LIMITATIONS of access (deep throat, remember)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:13 | 806709 molecool
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I went to South Korea a few weeks ago - visited the DMZ. There was a poster on a billboard - the message was 'Freedom is not free'.

Look guys - we keep letting things like that happen. And the more we condone infringement on our civic rights the more we embolden the entities responsible. You can bitch and you can moan - but in the end it'll only get worse until we show them our line in the sand. So far I see nothing but compliance, weakness, and cowardice.

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 05:49 | 807405 goldfish1
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What's the plan?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:35 | 806760 IQ 145
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 It's absolutely hilarious; military intelligence in action.

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 01:29 | 807230 Squid-puppets a...
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tru dat.

the funniest 'argument' they put out is that wikileaks 'puts lives in danger' - so what, they're witholding the leaked information from military personnel ? how are they supposed to prepare for any attacks inspired by the leaks if they are the only people on the planet not privvy to the leaks


propaganda has never been so self defeating as with the current US regime.


never mind the argument about the amount of lives LOST (not just put in danger) from the mendacious malarky thats been exposed by the leaks

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 23:20 | 806980 Oh regional Indian
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Actually no surprise here. The armed forces live in a tight cocoon. Their entire programmed construct is based on limited and dis-torted information to the troops.

In fact, the fact that they can facebook and orkut and whatever is a surprise in itself.

It probably has led to the dis-tangling of the fabric of the armed forces.


Speaking from experience.


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:08 | 806366 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:30 | 806240 Cleanclog
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"In a society where truth becomes treason, we're in big trouble" - Ron Paul

And we're in trouble.  Military declares war on information.  What next?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:10 | 806370 Sudden Debt
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What's next?


Sorry, that's on a need to know basis.

And you don't need to know.


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:18 | 806394 Bring the Gold
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That got an actual LOL from me.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 23:58 | 807048 Andrew G
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Actually he didn't need to know that he didn't know. Now he knows too much.

Guards, take him away...

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 01:25 | 807215 revenue_anticip...
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"What's next? Sorry, that's on a need to know basis. And you don't need to know."

AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM, the Hitlers 'leadership principle' taught in the Hitler schools, and NORMALIZED amongst the German citizens...actually a comforting situation, pure FAITH in the LEADER brings Peace/Calm/stability...until it does not..

the Authoritarian Personality, the ones who need assurance, a lack of ambiguity/perplexity, even toi the point of insisting...the Religions of the Book people, Islam, Evangilical Christianity, Lutheranism (faith comes first), and the German National Character, ever since Hegel provided just the formulation needed. the division of social labor/mind, the Great 
Spirit of Society = History, ever perfecting....and MARXIST+NAZI policy/justification that if HISTORY IS EVOLVING, lets push it ahead...with what is Historicall Inevitable...anyway...killing a few genetically misfits and fostering/engineeeing the NEW MAN,  and/or USSR engineering the NEW ECONOMIC MAN, organized into local "Soviets/union councils, say"

thats the 'leadership principle' TOP DOWN MANAGEMENT, 5 year plans, and perfectly justified exterminations, to help HISTORY MOVE FORWARD...

so, of course, YOU don't have a need to know unless you are part of the leadership, you need only OBEY cooperate, or die if needed by the party...and FYI this also applies to the corporate leadership...who are allowed to plan to CONSPIRE, legally...and EXPLOIT the mere prols...and NOT EVEN A PRETENCE OF PRETENCE of doing for the Greater good...

Noticing, that as usual the "cables" classified MOSTLY MASK PURE INCOMPETENCE, ARE INDEED AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE USA, and in front of the entire world...WE THOUGHT OUR LEADERS KNEW BETTER?  Classification, as a means to hide STUPIDITY, is bullshit...most classified documents, can be released within six months or less, AFTER THE tactical relevance is over....

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 08:03 | 807512 zhandax
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Rules are a construct created for the comfort of those who require them to frame their existence.


(both the creators and followers of said rules)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:30 | 806241 Duuude
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Us all will soon be some list or another.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:54 | 806326 knukles
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Well, we're all on Santa's dontcha know?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:31 | 806247 buzzsaw99
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The air farce iz part of the mic.



Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:17 | 806390 Thanatos
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It's the Chair Force.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:33 | 806253 Flore
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site ny times isn't blocked


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:34 | 806255 suteibu
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Obviously it measns their network.  Still.....

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:44 | 806468 Sudden Debt
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leave it up to a bunch of government employees to get things done :)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:39 | 806273 Rainman
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I assume TD refers to the site blocking on Air Force personnel terminals.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:56 | 806337 Ripped Chunk
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Thank you, I was in tears there for a moment. Sheesh!

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:40 | 806776 IQ 145
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 But, what about the tranny porn; ? they left that on didn't they ?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:39 | 806276 VegasBD
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Good thing they are out there protecting our freedoms.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:26 | 806412 Sabibaby
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We're being liberated!

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:43 | 806791 IQ 145
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 "The flying dildo brothers achieve new heights of absurdity"

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:41 | 806279 knukles
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Interesting approach.....

If it's ignored, it just goes away..... Yawn....

If I am told to eat the Brussels sprouts, human inclination is to not do so.
If I'm forbade the cookie, human nature is to want one and oft try very hard to get such.
Booze is not for kids... Snitch it when no-body's looking.
An education is good for you.... Cut classes.

Couldn't be making it more tempting to read all the stuff in detail. 
Interesting motives.... 

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:27 | 806736 Bob
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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to compel Uncle Sam “to disclose the legal standard it uses to place U.S. citizens on government kill lists.” The Obama administration has responded by invoking the doctrine of state secrets, effectively claiming that national security demands that these policies be kept hidden. By hiding behind state secrets, the feds don’t even have to explain why the law doesn’t apply to their actions.


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 22:49 | 806936 sushi
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When the state is attempting to kill you does that mess up your right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?"

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 22:52 | 806941 sushi
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Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:42 | 806282 Flore
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I guess we should join the airforce and only read the pravda ?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:43 | 806283 Calculated_Risk
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"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;"




Tue, 12/14/2010 - 20:59 | 806674 Hephasteus
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You and traxis crack me up so much.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:43 | 806287 Harry Hotspur
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I have no problem accessing The Guardian's website:

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:45 | 806300 knukles
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Not you....
They're referring to the Air Force blocking those sites on the Air Force's systems. 

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:52 | 806317 Uncle Remus
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Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:55 | 806330 Vagabond
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I'm surprised you're able to get on the Internet at all.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:43 | 806463 godzila
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Muss say the Guardian is doing a very nice job digging in those cables. Head and shoulders above anything done in the US.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:43 | 806290 g3h
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Sounds like China...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 18:44 | 806292 goober
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Rest assured TPTB are busily doing whatever nefarious deeds behind the scenes to put Assange in check from releasing BAC data. Proof, the no rubber/broken rubber thing is laughable as a sex crime to any reasonable thinking person? Yet it is still released as valid claim by PRAVDA outlets but was also consensual ? WTF ?  They will manufacture some more "charges" and inflame more public angst ,erroneously, to protect BAC, or at least bury Assaange in legalese. IMO. So much for US freedom of speech and information dissemination. I do think he was a bit stupid and steeped over the top in some areas but RAPE ? Get real.

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