Skip to comments.Air Force Bans Personnel From Reading News Stories Reporting NSA Scandal
Posted on 06/10/2013 1:09:04 PM PDT by drewh
The Air Force's 624th Operations Center has sent an e-mail with a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that prohibits them from accessing and reading news stories related to the current National Security Agency snooping controversy on the Air Forces NIPRNET (Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network) systems. The 624th Operations Center, located at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, is the operational arm for the 24th Air Forces cyberspace operations capability.
The e-mail, first attained by Shane Vander Hart, President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, posted the memo on his site after receiving an e-mail from a mother whose son is stationed with the U.S. Air Force in the Middle East. The NOTAM warns airmen about the risks of simple web searches regarding the NSA and Verizon phone records scandals:
I wanted to make sure that all of you read this because just doing a simple search could jeopardize your future. In summary, anything to do with the recent news about the NSA and Verizon phone records are considered classified and searching news or records about these on our NIPRNET computers is unauthorized. Thanks!
The executive summary states that documents associated with the NSA story may potentially be classified, even though the information is publicly available on the internet:
Classified documents regarding Verizon phone record collection and court order have been identified as being hosted on publicly accessible Internet Web Sites, most notably "The Guardian" news site. Viewing and/or downloading these documents on Air Force NIPRNET computers could constitute a Classified Message Incident. Therefore, users are not to access these file (sic) for any reason (i.e. viewing, downloading, forwarding, etc.)
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No freedom for those protecting our freedom....
The corrupt gov’t is telling them:
Just pretend the info IS A TERRORIST!
..... and Ignore it.
Like the Boston Terrorists.
Like all the other Terrorists the DHS released
and the State Dept and Obama INVITED in.
I wish Obama could pretend the Ft Hood shooter was a terrorist.
TSARNAEVs escaped PRISM.
What else is the Department of the Air Force going to ban its personnel from reading off duty.
On duty is one thing.When your off duty you have a Right to read whatever you wish.
We need some Generals in the Air Force that can read the Constitution and understand its meaning.
Obama has destroyed this military and this is only a sign of worse things to come.
Parents keep your Children from Joining Obama’s Military.
a good bumper sticker too....
What kind of idiots is the Obama regime promoting into positions of responsibility in our armed forces now? So staff of “the operational arm for the 24th Air Forces cyberspace operations capability” is being instructed to stay ignorant of this data breach. These would be folks who, among othe things, would be responsible for cyber security. Keep them ignorant of potential treats?
Or is somebody instead trying to prevent any of the folks in that command from realizing that they may have been ordered to do something that was illegal? This is all VERY strange indeed!
This makes no sense.
I'd like to know how these orders were formulated and who pushed for them. It sure looks like the Zero regime is doing everything it can to neuter the military and chase out of it anyone who wishes to defend the Constitution.
Soon, if Zero has his way, the military will only be a shell of its former self and answer not to the nation or the Constitution, but only to Zero himself.
Time to change Taglines!
Wow, deep censorship is coming fast. Worse than Soviet Russia.
It's perfectly believable, and was done previously for the Manning/Wikileaks incident.
The Guardian and Washington Post are posting Top Secret material. You're not allowed to have Top Secret material on a government or military unclassified computer. If you do, the leakage has to be reported, and the computer has to be scrubbed. Material isn't automatically "declassified" simply because it was leaked to the media.
There's a vast collection of idiots in the media mis-reporting the story, which is being amplified by idiots on FR.
Of course the Tsarnaevs escaped PRISM - they were supposed to.
PRISM is only intended to catch Tea Partiers.
You know that’s just the cover story.
Bravo Sierra. Classified material (Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret) has to be clearly marked as such. If it is not, it is not classified material and should not be blocked.