Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The End of Army Blogs

Who's sorry now?

All free speech lovers should be bowing their heads in sorrow. The Army is stiffling free speech and perhaps our best view on the war - both good and bad. It's too damned bad. Some of the Army blogs have been unbelievably hair-raising and touching by turn.

The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say.

Will we lose accounts like this?

I was in my room reading a book (Thin Red Line) when the mortars started coming down. Sgt Horrocks ripped open the door and yelled, "Grab your guys! And go to the motor pool! The whole BATTALION is rolling out!" Holy shit! The whole Battalion?! This must be big!