Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers'


23 Responses to “Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers'”

  1. Lord Peter says:

    Hive minds are a problem for democracies. Should it be “one mind, one vote?” Or “one person, one vote?”

    Counting persons as 3/5 person for voting purposes probably won’t work.

  2. djam says:

    Jack #6, that’s a crazy explanation, why wouldn’t they just bolt it on a table?

  3. Clifton says:

    So first the military bans all soldiers from blogging because it’s a security threat, and then they determine that they need to go looking to secretly recruit bloggers? Genius!

  4. noen says:

    Jeff, I’m a little confused at what you’re trying to say. You’re being silly and serious at once.

    I have nothing but respect for individual soldiers but I don’t confuse them with the military as a whole. Two different things. And while I was being a bit snarky it is true that the paranoid thinking on the extreme right does expand to where the military sees itself at war with it’s own civilian population.

    We already know how this two year old story played out. The MilBlogs were shut down. After all, soldiers are property and have no rights.

  5. meadhbh says:

    Great find Xeni!

    Or should I say… “Great find, Lt. Col. Jardin!”

    (this is a joke, BTW. the thing is you get a blogger reporting that another site is reporting that the military is trying to recruit bloggers and wouldn’t it be funny if Wired or Boing Boing was secretly being infiltrated.. oh… nevermind!)

  6. Jeff says:

    Oh wait, on second thought, bloggers actually like to blog. Scrap that idea.

  7. Jake0748 says:

    Why is that guy in the picture typing in such and uncomfortable position? Maybe he should put the laptop, like… maybe in his lap?

  8. Robert says:


  9. gottabefunky says:

    Worst. Ergonomic. Position. Ever.

  10. eiconoclast says:

    Personally, I think it’s good that the military is looking to the future and examining all of their options. Like it or not, wars are not just fought with weapons. They are also fought with information. Terrorists use the Internet to spread their message, coordinate, gather intelligence, etc… Our military should be studying ways to use the Internet to help win wars.

    I don’t think the U.S. Special Operations Command cares about political bloggers making fun of Bush/Clinton/Obama… they’re more worried about Iranian bloggers, Al Qaeda cells, etc…

  11. JackCastile says:

    This is actually a photo of a military personnel member testing out the ultra secure laptop computer, Sony BYOBC 2000. It’s actually bolted to the concrete floor to prevent theft. It has to be used that way.

  12. David Carroll says:

    Have any of you actually put a laptop on your lap for more than ten minutes? Starts to hurt.

    This grunt will survive the next RPG attack because he is already halfway in the AFM approved “hit the dirt” position.

    I thought the military was the definition of a top down organization. If Gen. Petraeus et al think they should be encouraged, then isn’t that the end of the debate?

  13. Jake0748 says:

    #7, Well then I guess he could just use a desk, or a table, or a milk crate or something. Yes, I agree, putting a laptop in your lap can get pretty uncomfortable.

  14. Avram says:

    David (#7), I sometimes sit with my laptop on my lap for an hour or more, no problem. My secret: I wear pants.

  15. JackCastile says:

    To #18

    I called Sony and asked a sales the very same question. He said that Sony doesn’t manufacture tables. So, they can’t guarantee that a table will withstand a theft attempt.

  16. technogeek says:

    Great. Embedded bloggers. Yet another opportunity to provide the appearance of greater access in exchange for the reality of greater control…

  17. holtt says:

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  18. Takuan says:

    money is one thing, the military can kill anyone in their control at will. Also, what is this “Microsoft” you refer to?

  19. noen says:

    This is old news. Eventually I think the military will start to consider the entire civilian population a “security threat” and an obstacle to the glorious triumph of democracy and eliminate us.

    Nor should it be news that many right wing bloggers are entirely supported by the usual suspects on the extreme right.

  20. jphilby says:

    I can hardly wait for the discussion when some general slaps a shell-shocked blogger with his glove.

  21. Julian Bond says:

    That’ll be The Execution Channel then. Life imitates art yet again.

  22. Jeff says:

    Noen, oh please. You know, a lot of people serving in the armed forces are very much in favor of democracy. I, having been in the military, would have to say I think I’m in favor of Communism now, but only if it’s run by wonderful AI, or a hive mind similar to the one that’s trying to form here. (Evil laugh track playing now…fade off…).

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