August 08, 2009

How Much Op-Sec is Too Much?

Thoughts on the Marine Corps social media ban, at Pajamas Media.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 8, 2009 12:28 PM

I see where you are with this, but it start to come into a question of First Amendment rights versus the Uniform Code of Military Justice and safety.. add to it the potpurii (sp) of new tech out there, and it gets sticky... I can understand (from a first person Been There Done That Had the Search) that the MEFs have been doing... the Corp. has been slowly expanding it's 'lockdown' of both the troops and even us scumbag contractors... (email me if you want intel on this)

I fully understand your position of "All or None" if I read your article correctly, but unfortunately, the situation on the ground, in light of recent tech advances, well, this eliminates the "PTB" to stop desemination of critical info, for good, or bad.

Specifically the ability of us and the troops to get a 'unlocked' quad band GSM Blackberry, and thereby circumvent any and all means of blocks allows you to access the web from any Iraqna, Zain IQ MCT or even AsiaCell network. Considering that the AAFES (Army / Airforce Forcible Extortion Service... my name for them) sells these phones, chips and others right on every major FOB and base, with no questons asked, as well as setting up available airtime for anyone who wants it, it renders the point of your article almost moot. It's just too damned easy.

Add in the "Jackal" and "Magic Island" wireless services provided to the troops IN THEIR ROOMS on major FOBs for a small fee, and it's a mindblower that you think they can stop it. Both Jackal and M.I. are in the 'profit margin' of AAFES and this will prevent any significant censure.

It makes good sense to keep it off of NIPR... do you know how much time I waste on that daily anyways? ;) I can only imagine how a 22 year old troop might be tempted to burn the 12 hour day on it if immeadiately available...

Best Regards
Big Country @ Baghdadland

Posted by: Big Country at August 8, 2009 02:50 PM

Sorry, I'm not really buying it. With regular updates on Wiki, FAS, and what not they don't have to go to Myspace to find out what the latest weapon is capable of.

With imbeded reporters that hear what we are doing before we do, they do not need to check out Twitter to see where the next cordon and search is going to happen.

More feel good rules that really do not help anything.

Dang am I glad I got out.

Posted by: Matt at August 9, 2009 10:09 AM

Here are some military folks who are also outing themselves:

Oath Keepers

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, veterans, peace officers, and firefighters who will fulfill the oath we swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.

Our motto is "Not on our watch!"

Posted by: M. Simon at August 9, 2009 06:57 PM

The way to beat a compromised channel is to flood it with a lot of bogus info.

Posted by: M. Simon at August 9, 2009 06:58 PM