Thursday, September 29, 2005

Snuff for porn

I have seen stories about soldiers exchanging pictures of dead Iraqis for pornographic pictures. It's starting to make the mainstream media. However, the Pentagon has determined that no felonies have been committed. The Army knows how to track IP addresses and user profiles, so I think the people who said this are lying:
Pentagon and Army officials yesterday issued strong statements condemning the taking and posting of such photographs, but said there is little evidence to authenticate them and few ways to pursue a criminal investigation. While some of the photos appear to show U.S. soldiers in uniform near mutilated bodies, it is unclear where or when the pictures were taken.
Oh please, they can find out. I knew someone who got an Article 15 for downloading porn on a government computer in 1999 and they caught him by tracking IP addresses on his user ID. And yes government computers have a sticker on them that says, "Use of device consents to monitoring". So he was warned. If they had that capability six years ago, why wouldn't they have that capability now? They may not know when and where the pictures were taken, but they can find out who has been accessing the website in question.

That doesn't mean action hasn't been taken. The Army has other options as well, such as non-judicial punishment under the UCMJ. It's also known as an Article 15. I have a feeling that a few rotten apples are going to lose some rank and pay. Maybe a Commander or two will be relieved. As a rule, I do not blog about work. I work for a defense contractor at an Army base in the Military District of Washington. When I got to work on Monday, I noticed the site blocker software had been upgraded. I do not know if this action is in reaction to this story, but the timing seems right.

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