Defense Department Blocking Any Website With Wikileaks In The Title?

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Given the Library of Congress’ silly decision to block Wikileaks’ website, we’ve been informed by a reader at the Defense Department that filters of DoD computers currently seem to be blocking access to any website that has “Wikileaks” in the title. The reader (who acknowledges this policy is pretty freaking stupid) was wondering if we might stop using Wikileaks in post titles so that he can continue to read our coverage — since the filters do allow him to access stories with Wikileaks in the text, rather than the title. First off, we’re not going to do that (if you want, try using an RSS reader or reading the stories via the front page) but more importantly, what is the Defense Department thinking? What a hamfisted attempt to block access to information that’s widely available.

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Anonymous Howard, Cowering says:

Re: So....

Maybe s/he’s in an undisclosed location…
or secret bunker…
or on a lawyer hunting trip (oops, hunting trip with a lawyer)…
or getting a 20,000-hour checkup on his/her mechanical heart (the original one having been removed during a previous administration)…

it’s so hard to remember which story we’re pushing this week.

Anonymous Coward says:

Because blocking strings with websense is the new hotness. I would be willing to bet the ‘reader’ cant search on those terms either, since that term appears in the URL. It may be hamfisted but it is also routine.

during world cup coverage I couldnt read anything with ‘vuvuzela’ in the title because it contained the substring ‘VUZE’ which is a torrent application.

Wikileaks (user link) says:

Wikileaks in all fields

We’ve been informed by a reader at the Defense Department that filters of DoD computers currently seem to be blocking access to any website that has “Wikileaks” in the title.

Okay, well, the more I read about the DoD and their methods, the more I realize that they all subscribe to Popular Mechanics and did something like this for Halloween. Click through- Something’s definitely wrong with this pumpkin [LINK]

Fucking out of their shoes says:

Wikileaks in all fields?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Let's Put Someone In A

the punk that copied the classified documents (does anyone even still remember his name?) burned them to a CD and walked them out the front door. So the Army released a new policy that classified computers can’t write to external media anymore. The first reasonable response to this whole thing I’ve seen.

/btw, i’m on a DoD computer and have no trouble seeing this page so it’s not blocked all over.

Daemon_ZOGG (profile) says:

"Defense Department Blocking Any Website With Wikileaks In The Title"

First off.. A large portion of the US government doesn’t really have the Constitution in mind anyway. Having said that.. now use general logic. It’s not suprising that US government entities would block or be resentfull of anything relating to WikiLeaks. Personally, I morally support and congratulate(2 thumbs up), Wikileaks for what they are doing. It’s high time that democracy was returned back to the people. I’m already tired of the US secret police, facists’. I praise Wikileaks for its efforts. I’d donate some cash, but unfortunately, I happen to live in the US’s current third world economic system. }:P

reechard (profile) says:

Not only stupid, but dangerous.

Blocking access to any website that has “Wikileaks” in the title
Perhaps the geniuses at the DoD don’t realize that they are aiding terrorists with policies like that. They give our “enemies” a ridiculously simple method of hiding from the DoD, while they cover their ears and say “LALALALA I can’t hear you”

Mindless Automaton says:

Specific Orders

Above and beyond blocking Wikileaks from DOD computers, members of the US military have been SPECIFICALLY ORDERED not to read or watch anything related to Wikileaks, because the information is still classified, and we are not authorized to view it.
This includes at home in our personal lives. We are prohibited from viewing the Wikileaks website, and also media outlets such as the New York Times, and any others that publish the information.
Frankly I find it infuriating…

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