[NetBehaviour] Pentagon keeps eye on war videos.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jul 30 17:55:24 CEST 2006
Pentagon keeps eye on war videos.
By Richard Allen Greene
BBC News, Washington.
The Pentagon is keeping a close eye on what its troops post online, with
special attention being paid to videos that show the aftermath of combat.
There is no specific policy that bans troops from posting graphic
material. But troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are hearing
the message that they should consider carefully what videos they upload
to the web.
Sites such as YouTube and Ogrish.com have hundreds or thousands of clips
from soldiers, some set to rock music.
At their most graphic, they show the aftermath of suicide bombings and
gunfights between coalition forces and insurgents. Many include troops
using foul language.
One soldier who served in Iraq in 2005 told the BBC there was "a tight
watch" being kept on video and pictures posted to MySpace, with civilian
contractors monitoring the internet on behalf of the Pentagon.
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