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

Tyler Durden's picture

Score one more for freedom of speech (and leaking of documents so secret only 3 million people have access to them). We are trying to discover just why the Air Force has resorted to this drastic move (and having hosted a few WikiLeaks docs ourselves, curious to see if we fall in this latest black list).

From Reuters:

The U.S. Air
Force has blocked access for computers on its network to The New York
Times, the Guardian, and at least 23 other websites carrying WikiLeaks
documents, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Major Toni Tones, a
spokesperson at Air Force Space Command in Colorado, said the command
blocked at least 25 websites that have posted WikiLeaks documents.

Air Force "routinely blocks Air Force network access to websites
hosting inappropriate materials or malware (malicious software) and this
includes any website that hosts classified materials and those that are
released by WikiLeaks," she said.

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Flore's picture

USA .. land of the free...

doomandbloom's picture

....and they blame China for censoring the internet...

Sudden Debt's picture

Like I'll read the newspapers to know the news :)


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

More Critical Thinking Wanted's picture


[...] 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.


In Fed We Trust's picture

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.

Iam_Silverman's picture



sn't that "NOFORN"? - for No Foreign nationals )no release to Foreign Nationals)?

Sausagemaker's picture

Oh, I read that as "SECRET/NONPORN". I must have been thinking about the SEC.


revenue_anticipation_believer's picture


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)

molecool's picture

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.

IQ 145's picture

 It's absolutely hilarious; military intelligence in action.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

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

Oh regional Indian's picture

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.


Sudden Debt's picture




Cleanclog's picture

"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?

Sudden Debt's picture

What's next?


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

And you don't need to know.


Bring the Gold's picture

That got an actual LOL from me.

Andrew G's picture

Actually he didn't need to know that he didn't know. Now he knows too much.

Guards, take him away...

revenue_anticipation_believer's picture

"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....

zhandax's picture

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)

Duuude's picture

Us all will soon be some list or another.

knukles's picture

Well, we're all on Santa's dontcha know?

Flore's picture

site ny times isn't blocked


suteibu's picture

Obviously it measns their network.  Still.....

Sudden Debt's picture

leave it up to a bunch of government employees to get things done :)

Rainman's picture

I assume TD refers to the site blocking on Air Force personnel terminals.

Ripped Chunk's picture

Thank you, I was in tears there for a moment. Sheesh!

IQ 145's picture

 But, what about the tranny porn; ? they left that on didn't they ?

VegasBD's picture

Good thing they are out there protecting our freedoms.

Sabibaby's picture

We're being liberated!

IQ 145's picture

 "The flying dildo brothers achieve new heights of absurdity"

knukles's picture

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.... 

Bob's picture

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.


sushi's picture

When the state is attempting to kill you does that mess up your right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?"

Flore's picture

I guess we should join the airforce and only read the pravda ?

Calculated_Risk's picture

"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;"




Hephasteus's picture

You and traxis crack me up so much.

Harry Hotspur's picture

I have no problem accessing The Guardian's website:

knukles's picture

Not you....
They're referring to the Air Force blocking those sites on the Air Force's systems. 

Vagabond's picture

I'm surprised you're able to get on the Internet at all.

godzila's picture

Muss say the Guardian is doing a very nice job digging in those cables. Head and shoulders above anything done in the US.

g3h's picture

Sounds like China...

goober's picture

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.