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Friday, December 10, 2010

Dept. of Defense Blocks Access to ... Legal Insurrection

A reader in the military just forwarded me this screenshot showing that the Department of Defense computer system has been upgraded to block internal users from accessing Legal Insurrection:

This apparently just happened, as the reader had accessed the site earlier today.

Hey, whoever makes these decision in DoD - I'm on your side.

Sorry, I forgot, this is the internet - I'M ON YOUR SIDE!!!!!!!!

Now, how about going after the WikiLeaks people and leaving my little blog alone.

Update:  I contacted Websense, the software provider, thinking maybe they put me on the list, but received a brush off response telling me to contact my organization about its Internet Access Policy:

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  1. The Internet is Algore's baby, and he'll block whoever he wants to block. I'm afraid you have no say in this matter.

  2. Geez!   I hope it wasn't something _I_ previously said/typed?   ;-)

  3. Wow. Now I really feel in good company. My little cooking blog I have online to share with my college bound children and some friends has also been blocked by the DoD firewall today .... my DH likes to see what's cooking for dinner tonight. Seriously, people, how threatening can Golabki be??

  4. Is it just me, or shouldn't you be REALLY upset over this?

  5. Actually, that was the Navy and Marine Corps. I'm still able to access from my agency.

  6. Professor, ask your friend if the Tides Foundation site is blocked, or HuffPo, or Democratic Underground, or ThinkProgress.

  7. My partner works in an HMO and reports that they also have a general corporate IT policy to block social media sites, including all blogs, on company equipment . I don't think you were singled out.

    Your readers can bypass this wall by viewing the blog through an HTML 'iFrame' coded into another URL with a straightforward domain name 'legalinsurrection.com'

  8. This is probably coming from the Anita Dunn wing of the "Da Intertubes is fo da peepull" division of the FCC.

    Yeah, they're all for "free speech", theirs, not yours.

    "Some animals are more equal than others."

  9. You do know that Samantha Power that antisemitic anti-American, left-wing nutjob Harvard professor who wanted UN troops to go into the West Bank to protect the Palestinians from "genocidal" Israelis and who called Hillary Clinton a "monster" during the campaign is a political appointee in the Pentagon. So why would you think that any blog that actually makes sense, loves the US, is conservative and is pro-Israel would find a home in today's Pentagon?

  10. The blocking occurs because of the filter they use. The policy isn't consistent across the DoD or within individual agencies, either.
    I can't remember the name of the service we use, but the policy blocks anything that hasn't been categorized by the filtering service.
    Another blocked category is "Personal" sites, which you might have gotten categorized into.

  11. there's stupid, and then there's DOD stupid.

  12. Professor,
    First, the DOD didn't block your site, the Dept of the Navy blocked your site. Since accuracy is important you should be accurate. Each Service (i.e. Dept of AF, Navy, Army) is responsible for maintaining the integrity of its networks and denial of service attacks come into the networks through sites that have embedded videos, links and all the things you have on yours site.

    Bottom line: Don't take it personally, if you must assign blame look to the hackers who attack the unclassified networks the department of the Navy use.

  13. So why are government employees surfing blog sites during working hours? It seems to me that someone in government has installed a filter to remind employees that they are being paid to work. Gosh, what a concept!

    My company does the same thing and it sometimes affects sites that there are legitimate reasons to access. But I can tell you from my experimentations, conservative sites take the brunt of the blockings. Heck, everyone should read the Daily Kos.

  14. This has to be some Heller hell absurdity.

    And here you were thought you were dodging the bullet (torpedo?) for unAmerican activities by not naming your blog Illegal Insurrection or Regal Resurrection.

  15. I spent 5 months on a Marine base back in 2007 and their web filter settings seemed to change almost daily. They'll probably unblock it eventually.

  16. It's my fault and I apologize. It's all those typos I submit. Spellcheck finally collapsed under the endless strain and fell into an endless loop, a cyber "black hole" that devours bandwidth until the entire virtual universe collapses into an impenetrable singularity.

    Access to your site has not been cut off. Visitors are still swarming to this site but are now required to enter in single file rather than gaining immediate access which can seem like access has been denied.

    You know... it COULD be due to some other reason too. I've been wrong before. But I apologize anyway.... just in case.

  17. I kinda don't have a problem with this. We shouldn't be paying people to be reading blogs all day. Many organizations do this for productivity.

    Of course reading your blog is much better than the people at the SEC downloading porn instead of taking care of Madoff. I wonder if you are blocked there as well?

  18. @afarmwifesgranddaughter:
    Golabki sounds pretty darn suspicious to me, so I added you to my blogroll. Now just don't block me, or we won't be eating Slow Cooker Carnitas at my house this weekend.

  19. The headline "Navy allows Legal Insurrection" was too dangerous a political threat. Now that threat has been eliminated.

  20. Web Sense is a lousy web filter that a lot of commercial companies use to block employee access to porn and other sites. I saw it block my access to Atlas Shrugs once, because it assumed the site was a gym, and gyms were against the company's policy. I suspect the word "Insurrection" may have triggered the ban -- some dope probably figured it must be a site promoting actual insurrection.

  21. Prof J:
    O/T ... I was waiting all day for you to comment on Teh Won ditching his own presser.

    I had to link to the Wolverine's video again just for a refresher --

    "I'm a right wing extremist,
    can I get a witness?
    You ain't down if you ain't on a watch LIST"


    I should e-mail them and ask them to update with a net neutrality stanza. :>)

  22. Bill, wear it like a badge of honor.

  23. They could see blogspot and wordpress sites before?!

  24. Personal use sites are regularly blocked. Neither surprising nor interesting. Like this blog itself, in fact.