OK, this post has the offending term in its URL, yet the post itself has nothing to do with anything remotely controversial. Wanna bet the USAF blocks it?
Update: Yep. I can get to the previous post from on-base, but not this one. There is no way anyone is able to view all the logs from all the sites which have mirrored the material, but this is kind of bizarre anyway.
I understand the USAF’s web filters must be working overtime right now, as they attempt to keep the “disclosed but still classified” documents from Wikileaks away from anyone in the military, while they remain available to everyone else on the planet. Just nod and smile. What I find particularly amusing is that there seems to be one way to ensure any arbitrary URL is blocked: add the word “wikileaks” to the path. I open up a news site and some of the images are red Xs – they are all named some variant of xxahbr-wikileaks.jpg or something similar. There are articles in mainstream websites which are not available, even though other articles on the same site are – the articles which are blocked all have “wikileaks” in the URL somewhere. I can’t even get to the Wikipedia article about Wikileaks, while I can otherwise wander Wikipedia with impunity. It’s bizarre, and entertaining, and yet… A Fox News article my boss emailed me the other day, pointing out the USAF blocking which the USAF has not seen fit to tell us about – that article I could access, even though it had the offending term in its URL. I guess Fox News is on the USAF’s “always trust” list, while CBS isn’t. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.