The U.S. military now blocks access to The Guardian, the website that first released the story of Edward Snowden’s revelations on the NSA’s spying on citizens.
This attempt to keep our troops in the dark is silly. First, there will be ways around this, such as postings of entire Guardian articles on other sites and also on social media. Second, the same stories always get picked up by other news media, but rewritten to avoid copyright infringement. The idea that the military can stop the flow of information borders on lunacy.
Why should a British site be off-limits to American troops? What is the military afraid of. One word: copycats. This decision indicates just how vulnerable the military thinks its computers are to Snowden-like downloads. The brass is worried that some armed forces employee will “pull a Snowden.” He will not go public. That would be suicidal. But he will store the information in a thumb drive, and at some point will pass it along.