Friday, January 4, 2013

Pentagon's LGBT Filter Still in Effect

From America Blog:
The LGBT filter existed before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but still has not been fixed.  And the Pentagon was notified of the problem as early as last summer, 2012.  Yet no one’s gotten around to doing anything about it. I’m also told that the censorship varies depending on service and geographical region – it’s not entirely clear why the Pentagon doesn’t use the same bans/filters nationwide and agency-wide, if it’s going to censor the Internet at all. This problem has to be fixed Pentagon-wide.

Our site, AMERICAblog, was previously banned for being “LGBT,” but now we’re only banned at least by the Air Force, for being “political” and “activist.”  The Air Force is banning my Web site for being “political” while permitting other Republican “political” Web sites.  Daily Kos is banned as well.  Anyone else smelling a Big Brother constitutional problem with that?

I had a few different contacts try accessing a variety of sites on DOD computers, in order to confirm this, including Zeke Stokes, communications director for OutServe-SLDN, who confirmed via one of their military members.

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Just so we are clear, we are NOT talking about gay pornography (I'm sure the Pentagon blocks ALL pornography...or at least should). We are talking about site such as LGBT civil right pages and the like.It is hard to fathom that such sites which are for civil right are blocked whereas sites for hate groups (Family Research Council, National Organization for marriage, etc.) are not, especially given the fall of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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