Wednesday, May 2

Army Orders Bloggers To Get Clearance

The Army has ordered any soldier that blogs to get clearance for any post or message before they post it to their blog. Some observers are saying this is the end of military blogs. And it it isn't just blogs. Feel like joining a message board or sending a resume? Maybe you just want to send an email home? Well you better get clearance before you click or hit enter.

(Wired) Army Regulation 530--1: Operations Security (OPSEC) restricts more than just blogs, however. Previous editions of the rules asked Army personnel to "consult with their immediate supervisor" before posting a document "that might contain sensitive and/or critical information in a public forum." The new version, in contrast, requires "an OPSEC review prior to publishing" anything -- from "web log (blog) postings" to comments on internet message boards, from resumes to letters home.
More support from the "support the troops" crowd.