Every day thousands of our servicemen and women put their lives on the line attempting to ensure the safety and freedom of over three hundred million Americans. Apparently the US Military thinks they can’t also be trusted with the truth of our government’s misbehavior.
The US Air Force has ordered any airmen who seek to use the Air Force Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET) that they are not to search and/or read any articles relating to the data mining scandal involving the NSA.
The problem for any service member wanting to keep up with current events, or who are remotely interested in the ever growing list of government scandals, is that the NIPRNET is the only way many of our overseas military can access the internet. The point being that with this simple order to not keep up with the data mining scandal, our government has effectively told our soldiers overseas that they cannot know about the illegal activity the government was undertaking.
Cindy McGee, the mother of an airman stationed overseas had this to say about the order:
“The fact that our government is attempting to censor our service members from the truth of what is happening here at home is truly frightening and disheartening…”
“I am outraged that our government is attempting to censor the information from our military…”
It is unconscionable that our government would attempt to keep our soldiers in the dark about the indiscretions they are committing on the home front.
These men and women risk everything for our nation, the very least they should be able to expect in return is unfettered access to the rights they have as citizens. Placing any restriction on their ability to keep up with events at home is reprehensible. For many of these soldiers their connection to home is one of the few things that help them stay grounded while serving in the field.
I hope that our government acts quickly to correct this censorship, because our servicemen and women deserve much better – and so do we.