Reporting for blogging, sir
: The WSJ and the LA Times report that a military blogger in Iraq is being disciplined for allegedly revealing too much on his blog. Says the WSJ:
But Spc. Buzzell’s writing aspirations may prove his undoing as a professional soldier. Recently, shortly after his commanders discovered My War on the Web, Spc. Buzzell found himself banned from patrols and confined to base. His commanders say Spc. Buzzell may have breached operational security with his writings. “My War” went idle as he pondered the consequences of pursuing his craft while slogging through five nights of radio guard duty, a listless detail for an infantryman. More recently, the pages again went blank, as he chafed under a prepublication vetting regime imposed by his command….
Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, says blogs, like other forms of communication, are tolerated so long as they don’t violate operational or informational security. “We treat them the same way we would if they were writing a letter or speaking to a reporter: It’s just information,” he says. “If a guy is giving up secrets, it doesn’t make much difference whether he’s posting it on a blog or shouting it from the rooftop of a building.” …
Note that they’re not trying to stop blogging.