Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DoD runs Cyber Blockade Censoring “Millions” of Computers’ Access to Alternative News Reports on NSA Surveillance

In follow up to a post prepared a few days earlier referencing Department of Defense censorship of NSA articles on military computers within the United States, news has now surfaced that the DoD is censoring millions of computers blocking access to alternative news sites globally reporting on classified NSA documents leaked by whistleblower, Edward Snowden.
The filter blocking access to reports referencing NSA classified documents, part of a department-wide directive, supposedly only affect DoD computers. 
“…Any website that runs information that the Department of Defense still considers classified’ is affected, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told U.S. News in a phone interview.
According to Pickart, news websites that re-report information first published by The Guardian or other primary sources are also affected.
Pickart said the blackout affects ‘millions’ of computers on ‘all Department of Defense networks and systems.’
The spokesman told U.S. News that original reports about the leaks may be specifically targeted for the blackout. He admitted that ‘automated filters are never perfect,’ and some reports may slip through the cyber blockade….”
“…automated filters are never perfect…”    In other words, tens of millions (if not more) of non-DoD computers are ensnared in the web much like the personal information of three hundred million Americans as collected by PRISM.
If you have been posting stories about NSA surveillance and their classified documents and noticed a sudden drop in your stats of late, it may very well be a result of a cyber blockade by the DoD.   H/t Activist Post.
Taking advantage of a good crisis, the DoD censorship of millions of computers besides being an all out attack on the first amendment is a test balloon, i.e., “a beta test of the government's technical capability to filter Internet traffic away from certain news stories and the websites that carry them.”
Another way of putting it is that the DoD is performing test runs of Barack Obama’s internet kill switch.
Finally, do not trust Google or Yahoo when searching for what the government has ordained “alternative news”.

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