US Air Force warns Airmen not to read news on NSA spying

airforceIs the U.S. Air Force prohibiting airmen from accessing stories about the NSA phone and Internet surveillance controversy via its Internet server systems?

An unclassified NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) — see below — was allegedly sent out that warns members: “Users are not to use AF NIPRNET systems to access the Verizon phone records collection and other related news stories because the action could constitute a Classified Message Incident.”

According to Shane Vander Hart, who first reported on the story, one member received an accompanying email that stated:

I wanted to make sure that all of you read this because just doing a simple search could jeopardize your future.  In summary, anything to do with the recent news about the NSA and Verizon phone records are considered classified and searching news or records about these on our NIPRNET computers is unauthorized.  Thanks!

As Vander Hart reports, many airman that are deployed only have access to the news through Air Force computers and some members are “upset and outraged by this – understandably.”

“The fact that our government is attempting to censor our service members from the truth of what is happening here at home is truly frightening and disheartening,” Cindy McGee, the mother of an airman stationed in the UAE, told World Net Daily.

Ironically, as WND notes: “The latest news detailing how the government keeps track of this massive amount of data and its origins was posted by the Guardian, for everyone in the world to read, except members of the Air Force.”

To read more on this story, see Caffeinated Thoughts.

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