The DoD (Department of Defense) claims the new policy is necessary to conserve bandwidth but the new policy is simply censorship effectively preventing soldiers from presenting graphic images of the war or seeing disturbing images that may upend morale.
The situation BOTH in Iraq and in Afghanistan is a lot more involved than mainstream media can fathom. And, if it could fathom what is going on, it would not be allowed to report it for obvious reasons, as this would further undermine the morale of the Western world. Troops and their families at home used to be able to at least write emails to each other via blog spots and troops were also allowed to access certain parts of the internet. This is now no longer possible.
This censorship began on or about Monday, May 14, the DoD blocked network access worldwide to the following 14 Web sites: YouTube.com, 1.fm, Pandora.com, Photobucket.com, MySpace.com, Live365.com, Hi5.com, MetaCafe.com, MTV.com, iFilm.com, BlackPlanet.com, StupidVideos.com, and FileCabi.net. Active duty personnel are no longer able to post material themselves or view what has been put online. The Defense Department ban on popular Web sites — including YouTube, MySpace, and several others — will only apply to Defense Department computers and networks, not to PCs that connect to personal ISPs through the DoD network; however, in most theaters of operation, Defense Department computers are the only ones available to service personnel.
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