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Military drives dagger further into heart of free speech

The United States Military has just taken steps to cut off the last connections to home our soldiers have.

In doing so, they take a firm stand against the First Amendment of the Constitution, and further drive a dagger into the heart of our bill of rights.

Websites now prohibited by the military include Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, and FileCabi, MySpace, BlackPlanet, Hi5, Pandora, MTV, 1.fm, live365, and Photobucket.

(Notice that FaceBook is not among those? Here's why.)

They call these networks "recreational". But to the soldiers, these are a lifeline: the easiest, most reliable way for them to communicate with their friends and families back home.

This nasty policy serves another purpose as well. The Army's new rules will directly and detrimentally affect soldiers' ability to read American blogs. It insulates them from receiving information regarding the peace movement, the 9/11 truth movement, and any other counter-administration efforts back home.

This started a while ago, when the Army was discovered to be blocking left-leaning political thought on the Internet. It has now "escalated", so to speak, to an extreme point.

I suppose they think that guys like this may have a negative effect on our boys' willingness to keep ducking bullets in an endless conflict. Just trying to survive for years upon years tends to have that effect. Maybe you remember the G.I. Peace Movement? Film maker David Zieger sure does. If you haven't seen this flick, I completely recommend it. It should be mandatory viewing for new Peace Movement members ...


Soon, more people will join us in fighting to reunite you with your loved ones.

But that's certainly a legitimate concern for an increasingly fascist regime. The free flow of information is always a threat to a government that is more than willing to conduct information warfare against its own people. Going a step further, I would argue that this regime conducts actual warfare against its own people as well (in our own cities, no less).

So, at what point do common Americans say "Enough is Enough!" and REALLY fight back against the curtailing of our rights; against the violence spreading in our streets; against the parade of coffins coming home that they refuse to let us see?

I just hope you aren't one of the millions of parents, children or lovers of one who you have only known through MySpace or YouTube for the last three years. If you are, you have my sympathy.

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