Pentagon Challenged on YouTube Ban

Rep. Ed Markey is calling on the Pentagon to reverse its ban on YouTube and MySpace, noting that the sites are popular among troops and a key component of morale.

The Pentagon cited security and bandwith concerns in their decision to block the sites, along with about a dozen others.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Markey says that he does not “see how the selective blocking of these sites…will achieve the goal of ensuring operational security, as countless other sites have not been blocked.” He notes that if “network congestion were an issue, for instance, it is surprising that no bandwith intensive gaming sites are on the list of prohibited sites.”

Also critical of the move was Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, who told The Politico, “Believe me, I am going to jump on that like a June bug right now. I’ve got a call into the Pentagon saying, ‘Hey guys, what is the rationale?’”

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