Gay Issues

Pentagon Blocks Websites that Support Gays, Allows Anti-Gay Websites on Military Computers

| by Michael Allen

The Pentagon has reportedly blocked several news websites that are supportive of LGBT people, but not websites that attack gay people, reports AmericaBlog.com.

The Department of Defense has blocked Towleroad, Good As You, The Bilerico Project, Pam’s House Blend, The Advocate, Human Rights Campaign’s blog, Daily Kos and AmericaBlog.com.

AmericaBlog.com reports that it was originally banned for being “LGBT,” but is now only banned by the Air Force for being “political” and “activist.”

Anti-gay websites such as the American Family Association, Red State, Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter were not banned.

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Last Friday, the Department of Defense released a statement on its Facebook page:

The Department of Defense does not block LGBT websites. The pages referenced in several recent articles were denied access based on web filters blocking the “Blog/Personal Pages” category, not the specific sites themselves. While individuals on a DoD system may visit portions of the main websites (i.e., www.towleroad.com, www.AMERICAblog.com), certain additional links/pages – to include personal blogs – are blocked. Personal pages and blogs are blocked in accordance with DoD policy allowing military commanders the option to restrict access to personal pages for operational security reasons.

The Department of Defense uses a filtration software known as Blue Coat, the same software used by Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, reports ThinkProgress.org.

Over the weekend, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little issued another statement promising to investigate the claims of censorship.