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Army Training School Blocked Access To WaPo Over NSA Eavesdropping Stories

On July 11, the training school at Fort Belvoir Army base in Virginia blocked access to the Washington Post website due to their objection to an article which contained a classified slide detailing the processes used by the National Security Agency to listen in on international communications. “In accordance with standard procedures,”one official explained, “we instituted a temporary block of the site until we could evaluate this report further and make a determination on any impact to [Defense Acquisition University’s] systems.”

“Officials at the Defense Acquisition University implemented the restriction on July 11 and lifted it on July 13, according to DAU chief information officer Tim Hamm,” reads the Washington Post report. “The school blocked access because of “a report of a potential issue with the Washington Post website,” Hamm said.”

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Earlier in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned its employees in a memo that they could face legal action for clicking on the story containing the sensitive slide.

In June, the Defense Department instituted new guidelines restricting access to The Guardian’s website due to their continued release of information relating to the NSA’s communications monitoring and data warehousing practices.

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