Facebook stops military raid

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. 

03 Mar 2010 11:36:56 GMT
Source: Reuters

 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?


3 thoughts on “Facebook stops military raid

  1. Internet spying is a good idea but when used for the good . With McCain’s new bill, any one face book comment that opposes current or future policy could land a person in detention indefinitely without question. I think its time for people to shut up and plant flowers or something. I wonder if comments prior to the bill count? Its official, people can no longer voice or post opinions if they are against the new way of life that is being enforced. All we can do is watch it all unfold and hope for the best. I use to complain that nothing great ever happened in my lifetime. I think it is safe to say that I am witnessing one of the greatest wars ever, unfold before my eyes and it is very much so, in part, a mental war with the people. I can see the good and the bad from both sides but I am always for the underdog. I never cared for bullies or those who abuse positions of authority yet I can see how those who are in high authority may become intolerant of some. But that’s what happens when you suppress minds. So much for fairness.

  2. We will see more instances of this sort of thing I suspect. When in High School kids used to call in bomb threats to get out of a test. Now in the Army, they can simply tweet or Facebook detail a future operation they really don’t want to do very much.

  3. I think this is interesting as we have seen bloggers in Iraq face similar issues. For the US so far it has been after the fact information, mostly Tactics and Techniques that have been the issue. You’ll notice I don’t write much about anything I do or have done, not that any of it is of any interest anyway but why take the chance someone could glean any information useful against us.

    I don’t see this as huge threat just yet but something to watch. This might cause some internet restrictions prior to ongoing operations though.

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