Grow UP, Mike, you're 44 and running out of time...
While Mike Yon crows on Facebook about milblogger CJ Grisham
from A Soldier’s Perspective
apparently being shut-down for a potential OPSEC breach, the US Army reinvigorates an OPSEC awareness campaignvia its Facebook page
…an use of social media interesting and contemporary enough that I’ve include a slice of the comments below…
Show off your knowledge of operations security, or OPSEC, by listing the types of things that should NOT be posted online. We’ll start it off with troop movements, deployment dates & weapons capabilities…
Of course, given all the OPSEC violations listed here it’d be interesting to know how many times (and with what severity) insurgents and terrorists have used/acted/benefited from these disclosures.
After all, we now have ten years of families and service members posting their names, pictures, etc on line. In almost all cases it’s very easy to move from that to finding out information about family and friends. Is there any evidence of a real threat to any of them? If not, should we consider it a threat given the gaping lack of evidence?
Conversely, what (if any) are the costs of suppressing information? I don’t think there’s much controversy about current operations, capabilities, troop movements (when not public knowledge), etc. but some of the suggestions seem a bit overboard. In many cases, such rules serve only to keep information (which the enemy clearly has) from citizens which raises serious questions about government accountability.
Just a thought to consider…
Agree but, like in many other areas, a periodic blitz is a good thing to remind people where the straight and narrow is and, if nothing, else, promote a little prior thought before acting/posting/etc…you blitz in the full knowledge that the spike of compliance will fade pretty quickly but to maintain the awareness. On my way home on Friday arvo, there was a Police drinking/driving checkpoint in Mangaweka (pop. 7) of all places: other a dozen cops and at least a dozen cars…just a general reminder that ‘we will get you wherever you are’ but I did notice that all northbound traffic after that was very well behaved.
There probably isn’t a big body of evidence that AG and its ilk (why they would ally with a large Canadian mammal is beyond me) are collecting let alone exploiting information from the social media but there ARE other nutjobs out there including the moral minority nuts who feel they have some right to picket and protest at soldier’s funerals and hassle their families…so I see the Army’s actions as a timely cautionary tale…the CJ Grisham thing I think has a lot more about it to come out before anyone can make an informed decision on that…
And soon…some work on the positive side of social media…
Heres a good guide wrt OPSEC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xPUpWBa3ZM&feature=related