Air Force points censorship weapon at its own head

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Given that the Air Force has maneuvered itself into the position of the leading service in the global war on the Internet the development of cyberwar capabilities, it seems a little naive to shut off access to news sites that posted secret content when that content is available and publicly discussed in so many others.

Air Force spokespeople defended the decision by saying it cut off access just as it would to any other site that posted secret content. They have a point. If it's secret and you have an obligation to keep those secrets, you should limit its distribution where you can.

But if you're keeping the information from your own people and everyone else (who, presumably, are your targets in both real and cyberwar) can get the information, are you really pointing your weapons in the right direction?

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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