Al Qaeda reads US Army blogs…
…Or so it would seem if one were to read the comminique released by the US Army.
The U.S. Army is warning soldiers that posting photos on their Web logs may inadvertently reveal “vulnerabilities and tactics,” and “needlessly place lives at risk.”
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker circulated a memo to all Army personnel last week saying that “we must do a better job” at operational security — “OPSEC” in military parlance.
“Some soldiers continue to post sensitive information” on the Internet and especially on their Web logs or online diaries, wrote Schoomaker, giving as examples “photos depicting weapon system vulnerabilities and tactics, techniques and procedures.
It seems a bad phase for the US army, since 2000….and some simple thinking could have turned blogging into a big tactical advantage…as explained by Dvorak Uncensored.
Army Will Crack Down On Military Bloggers — Now it seems to me that they should not have done it this way. Instead they should have publicly warned the bloggers that sensitive information was forbidden to make the enemy aware of the problem…and privately worked with key bloggers as sources of disinformation to fool the enemey. Apparently we can’t even do something that simple any more. Instead we just stop it cold when it could have been a useful tool and weapon.