Yesterday the defence department went further and announced it was blocking access "worldwide" to 13 communal websites, including YouTube and MySpace from military computers and networks. General BB Bell said the move was to protect operations from the drain on computer capacity caused by soldiers downloading videos on these sites.
Iraq veteran wins blog prize as US military cuts web access
Ed Pilkington in New York
Tuesday May 15, 2007
US soldier Colby Buzzell, whose account of fighting in Iraq's Sunni triangle has won the 'Blooker prize' for best book that began as a blog on the Internet. Photograph: Reuters
The paradox of Buzzell's victory is that it quickly follows the revelation that the Pentagon has introduced new rules restricting blogs among soldiers, fuelling speculation that live and unadorned combat writing from the field such as Buzzell's may be the last of its kind.