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Pentagon bans Towleroad, AMERICAblog sites for being "LGBT." Coulter, Limbaugh ok


UPDATE: Even more gay news sites have been found to have been banned by the Pentagon, while an officially-designated hate group is not. Good as You, Bilerico – banned. AFA, NOM, Red State, Breitbart, Glenn Beck – not banned.

UPDATE: The filter category used by the Pentagon, “LGBT,” also bans gay anti-bullying and suicide prevention sites.


It’s bad enough the United States Department of Defense censors Towleroad and AMERICAblog – banning the gay civil rights Web sites from being accessed on DOD computers – and it’s even worse that the Pentagon has no problem permitting their computers to access Ann Coulter’s and Rush Limbaugh’s hate-filled Web sites.

But what’s really offensive is that at least one of the Pentagon’s safe-surfing Internet filters has a censorship category called “LGBT.” And if you’re deemed “LGBT” by the Pentagon, they ban you.

I wonder if the Pentagon has a censorship category titled “Jewish,” “African-American,” or “Latino.”

The LGBT filter existed before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but still has not been fixed. And the Pentagon was notified of the problem as early as last summer, 2012. Yet no one’s gotten around to doing anything about it. I’m also told that the censorship varies depending on service and geographical region – it’s not entirely clear why the Pentagon doesn’t use the same bans/filters nationwide and agency-wide, if it’s going to censor the Internet at all. This problem has to be fixed Pentagon-wide.

Our site, AMERICAblog, was previously banned for being “LGBT,” but now we’re only banned at least by the Air Force, for being “political” and “activist.” The Air Force is banning my Web site for being “political” while permitting other Republican “political” Web sites. Daily Kos is banned as well. Anyone else smelling a Big Brother constitutional problem with that?

I had a few different contacts try accessing a variety of sites on DOD computers, in order to confirm this, including Zeke Stokes, communications director for OutServe-SLDN, who confirmed via one of their military members. Note what they found.

Towleroad – Banned for being “LGBT”

AMERICAblog – Banned for being ”political” and “activist.” Previously banned for being “LGBT.”

Josh Seefried, founder of OutServe (a DADT repeal group), banned for being “LGBT”

Now look at who is not banned by the Pentagon:

Rush Limbaugh, not banned

Ann Coulter, not banned

Again, I wonder how long the Pentagon computers would ban all things Jewish or Catholic. This should have been fixed a very long time ago, and in fact, it should never have happened. The filter actually says that Towleroad and Josh Seefried were banned for being “LGBT.”


by Anonymousreply 501/05/2013

The US Airforce is a nasty, Evangelical Christian based organization, who put up the strongest fight in support of DADT.

Don't expect the US Airforce to treat gays fairly without being dragged into court, one by one.

by Anonymousreply 101/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 201/05/2013

I wonder what term the IT guys use to bypass that very filter for the higher ups who can't live without their access to the Sean Cody porn site?

by Anonymousreply 301/05/2013

Well the Airforce has to ban gay news sites, else people in their ranks may start to think being Gay is Ok.

by Anonymousreply 401/05/2013

[quote]The US Airforce is a nasty, Evangelical Christian based organization, who put up the strongest fight in support of DADT.

I believe you'll find that it was Marine Corps Commandant James Amos who was the most vocal about the repeal of DADT. And even he came around and said that he'd been wrong.

I'm not disputing the Evangelical streak to the Air Force, but one of my uncles was a colonel in Air Force Intelligence, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them.

by Anonymousreply 501/05/2013
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