Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders

Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is the problem: The Constitution grants to individual citizens a right to freedom of speech, to openly criticize the government without fear of punishment or interference.

But nowhere in the Constitution is the government granted the right to spend YOUR tax money to argue against you.

If individual service people, on their own time and using their own computers, wish to express their own personal opinions about what is going on, that is protect free speech, but organized programs where the US Government tells these military people what to post and how to post it is pure propaganda and an impediment to the process of free speech.

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