Ok social networking sites have their uses. In fact the military has embraced them to a great extent. The DOD just released the long awaiting policy on “Internet Based Capabilities”, no the Army couldn’t just say social media (DTM 09-026-Responsible and effective use of interenet based capabilities). The first line in the policy section of this directive states:
The NIPRNET shall be configured to provide access to Internet-based capablilites across all DoD components.
The military has also worked to allow military blogs as long as they don’t give out classified information or tactical techniques and procedures.
But this is why the military watches these things closely. Now understand this was an Israeli Army issue but the same concepts apply.
JERUSALEM, March 3 (Reuters) – The Israeli military called off a raid in Palestinian territory after a soldier posted details, including the time and place, on social networking website Facebook, Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday.
The soldier — since relieved of combat duty — described in a status update how his unit planned a “clean-up” arrest raid in a West Bank area, the radio station said. Facebook friends then reported him to military authorities.
The Israeli military spokesman’s office had no immediate comment.
Israel says raids in the West Bank are aimed at detaining militants suspected of planning attacks on Israelis. Palestinian officials say the incursions undermine efforts by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority to enforce law and order in the territory. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Serioulsy though what was this soldier thinking?