U.S. Army restricting access to the Guardian across all of their networks over security concerns

By End the Lie

(Image credit: US Army Africa/Flickr)

(Image credit: US Army Africa/Flickr)

The U.S. Army has admitted to restricting access to the Guardian, the site that has reported extensively on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs as of late, over “operational security” concerns.

Interestingly, the Army has a habit of blocking websites for reasons which are at times strange, including the official website for the Southern Baptist Convention, a Christian denomination with almost 16 million members.

The Army removed the block after public outcry but during the time it was blocked, the user attempting to visit the site was informed that the site was blocked for hosting “hostile content,” according to documents obtained by Jason Smathers.

In this case, the Army restricted access to the Guardian across all Army networks, as Gordon Van Vleet, Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), confirmed to the Monterey Herald.

Individuals at the Presidio of Monterey stated that the Guardian has been blocked since they first broke the news on the NSA data collection programs earlier this month.

Van Vleet said that the Army is filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.”

According to Van Vleet, it is normal for the Department of Defense to take preventative “network hygiene” measures to inhibit unauthorized release of classified information.

“We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security,” he wrote in an email.

“However, there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information,” he added.

Van Vleet later confirmed in a phone call that the filtering of classified information on publicly accessible websites did not originate at the Presidio but is “Armywide.”

According to the Herald, employees at the Presidio could still access the U.S. version of the Guardian but when articles like those about the NSA’s surveillance programs redirected to the British site, they were blocked from view.

The Presidio’s information assurance security officer, Jose Campos, reportedly sent out an email to employees early Thursday informing them that the Guardian was blocked by Army Cyber Command “in order to prevent an unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”

Campos stated that if an employee was found to have accidentally downloaded classified information, it would result in “labor intensive” work like the destruction or wiping of a computer’s hard drive.

Furthermore, if an employee was found to have knowingly downloaded classified material onto an unclassified computer, they would face unspecified disciplinary action.

Van Vleet added that they do not determine what sites personnel can choose to see on Department of Defense systems, but instead they rely “on automated filters that restrict access based on content concerns or malware threats.”

I’d love to hear your opinion, take a look at your story tips and even your original writing if you would like to get it published. Please email me at [email protected]

Please support alternative news and help us start paying contributors by donating, doing your shopping through our Amazon link or check out some must-have products at our store.

3 Responses to U.S. Army restricting access to the Guardian across all of their networks over security concerns

  1. Ron June 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Nazi Germany is back again, this time in the USSA.

  2. Julia Shanon June 29, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    one of my friend in the army said that it has been blocked and just read this post means his story is true..

  3. john July 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    paranoid generals

    to have everything recorded is areveal


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Advertise on End the Lie

Would you like to have your business or service exposed to thousands of people every day here at End the Lie? We have a wide variety of options available all at unbeatable prices. At the same time you will be supporting a truth-oriented alternative news outlet as well as hardworking independent journalists across the United States and the world.

If you would like to know more please email us and please be sure to include the details of what you are advertising, what your budget is and what type of advertising format you are looking for, including size(s), length of advertising period and any other pertinent details. The more information you give us, the more accurate the quote will be. We might also be able to work out some unique advertising tailored to your needs so feel free to contact us with questions and ideas.

Note: our advertisers have absolutely no input in what we cover or how we cover it. If this is problematic, you might want to seek out another news outlet. Here at End the Lie we put the truth first and thus no sponsor will be able to control our content. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and we will not advertise pornography, gambling, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or anything that might otherwise be illegal.