Friday, October 20, 2006

Dénouement at DOI

Don't see nuttin'“Penpal”, my source at the Department of the Interior, has emailed me with the latest news about their internet filter. It seems that the block on blogs is now comprehensive, with liberal blogs being blocked in addition to those nasty old conservative ones:

I haven’t had any time to go through and do a comprehensive analysis of everything, complete with screenshots. I do, however, have some updates.

Pretty much everything is now being blocked. As you may have seen elsewhere, dailykos and their ilk are included in being blocked. I was able to get limited access to LGF before, with formatting issues and a lack of picture files, but now everything is locked down again. I don’t think the filter works perfectly, and some smaller sites are still accessible.
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There is also a 26-page document that has been circulated to employees, and is viewable on the “blocked” page that illustrates all blocked categories, and why they are blocked. It does indeed look like the blogs are being blocked not due to any possibility of time wasting, but rather because they are a security risk as someone can post material through an unmonitored format. Its an overreaction to a perceived security hole. The DOI has a history of policies like that. I believe that most of the DOI forbids any kind of wireless network acces of any type, because of the belief that wireless is inherently insecure, and anyone can pick up the signal.

This makes Interior pretty much the same as other parts of the Federal government. Here’s what an emailer from the Department of Justice has to say:

Baron, this is the official wording that pops up when I try and access the same websites the DOI has blocked. The wording has graphics and a DOJ emblem… no doubt that there is an effort to BLOCK the federal employee from viewing/reading the conservative/right websites.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

BOP-BRD2 could not fill your request please see below . . . Status : 403 Forbidden

Description : Organizational policies prohibit access to this page.

Note : If necessary, please contact your Systems Administrator for resolution.

If you have limited access, then click here to view the access list.

Unless new information surfaces, I’ll consider the DOI Blocked Websites Case closed. Federal employees are welcome to email me if any of their agencies are behaving differently.


Average Family Guy said...

Can the World turn from its current course? The Islamic influence in the West, Europe and the US, is growing daily. From higher birth rates and continuing immigration, we are witnessing a metamorphosis in our societies in the West. The evidence is all around us and in the news. Islam is here to stay and grow. The more it grows, the more influence on our culture it will have. The passport for further submission of society is the willingness of society's liberal proclivity to further appease people they would not usually appease.

If a Christian wanted a separate prayer room in the Queen's palace, it would never be granted. If a Christian demanded that they must be allowed to wear a hood in order to please God, corporate board rooms would laugh. If a Christian cab driver refused to carry blind people with sight-seeing dogs, he would be fired. If a Christian working for the US federal government demanded separate washroom facilities because his co-workers were messy, he would be counseled and disciplined for intolerance. If the Southern Baptist association complained about advertisements that made fun of the KKK, they would be burned in effigy in the MSM.

Well. Guess what? The Queen gave a room to a Muslim for prayer. The Muslims sue to wear the hijab at work and win. They are supported by the EEOC. Muslim cab drivers refuse to carry seeing-eye dogs and people carrying alcohol and the airport authorities are allowing them to do this. If any cab driver refuses a fare, he is sent to the back of the line which is very long. But to accommodate the intolerant Muslims, the airport authority in Minneapolis set up a color coded light system to identify Muslim cab drivers to the heathen US citizens. Never mind that the cab driver population is 75% Muslim. So if you are blind or carrying duty free alcohol in Minneapolis, you are potentially able to use 25% of the cabs available. The Muslims in the FBI translation department in DC have lobbied for separate washroom facilities. The supervisors have refused so far. That's it. No sensitivity training for the intolerant Muslims. CAIR routinely vilifies the US business that use "jihad" and "beheading" in advertising saying that it is insensitive to Muslims.

Why does the West appease these intolerant Muslims? Fear. There is no other answer.

It is growing everyday. Islam. I am utterly frustrated with everyday citizens that have no idea what is happening in our midst. Blogging is a great way to express one's thoughts, but no action comes from it. I want to educate people to the threat that we face. But the MSM, and even my own President, present the problem as intolerant Americans or Europeans. This is completely backwards.

People in the West have had a sustained peace for so long, that there is a complete lack of imagination regarding the clash of civilizations that we are experiencing. The problem, I fear, is the majority will not realize the problem until it is too late.

So my question: What can we do to organize and truly raise awareness?

Bubba's Pravda

Nancy Reyes said...

Before I retired last year, I worked for the Feds (IHS) at a medical center.

When we were computerized we could view anything, but by 2002 they were blocking I couldn't read Medpundit etc.

They also blocked crime storie and some local stories.