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Chris Vallance | 19:58 UK time, Monday, 14 May 2007

Just had this from the BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington about this story about the US restricting net access for troops:

A spokesman for US Strategic Command / Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations confirms that his agency has blocked access to certain recreational websites through .mil portals. He would not confirm that they include MySpace - however, he confirmed the authenticity of a memo sent by General B.B. Bell which lists them as Youtube, Myspace, Metacafe, MTV and others. Read the memo here

The spokesman said, "As these sites have become more and more popular, they've had an impact on bandwidth resources and network availability, and we're having to restrict use of some of them."

He denied that the military was unhappy with the nature of content being posted. "We're not stopping anybody looking at anything. It's not the nature of the stuff being posted." He said troops could still use these sites through their personal ISPs - just not on military computers. However, he also said, "Wherever you have sites this popular, you have the potential for malicious activity. A secondary benefit of restricting use of these sites is for operational security".

We'll be speaking to a Matt Burden of Blackfive about what he thinks is behind this latest move, on Pods and Blogs

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