As many people already know, there’s a way to connect with our troops at war like there never was previously; and that’s the internet. Believe it or not, many troops have access to the internet and stay active as much as possible. Many write blogs but some even keep video blogs. These video “diaries” are a great way for average people like us to get a good look at what it’s like to be in Iraq or Afghanistan. Even on sites like YouTube and MySpace, there are thousands of clips from soldiers.
However, what most people don’t know is that the Pentagon is keeping a close eye on anything that goes on the internet. Many of the troops are beginning to understand that they need to consider what things they post online. Some videos posted by troops have shown the aftermaths of bombings and gunfights. Many of the videos also include troops using foul language.
The Pentagon is keeping tabs by paying civilian contractors to monitor the internet. Whatever they find they are required to report back to the Pentagon. Apparently, there’s a lot to hide.
The Pentagon, along with others, believes the images are misused and can harm force protection and operational security measures. Other simply think there’s no reason why anyone should be allowed to see some of the things our troops see.
But there are a lot of troops that simply want people to feel what they feel. They want people to know what they’ve been through. And, the best way for them to do so is to post their videos online.
Source: BBC News