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US Military Vs Mobile Phone Cams

Monday, May 24, 2004
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've become fascinated with the idea of the Iraq Occupation as the first "Internet War" insomuch as eveyone involved from ordinary soldiers upward appear to be using new technologies such as digital cameras and mobile phone cams to report on "their" war. The idea of everyone, not just the media producers attached to the US military, presenting their views or pictures isn't unique, but it is definitely on the rise. In the wake of the Prisoner Abuse Pictures and Scandal, Rumsfeld seems to be cottoning on and trying to reinvogorate US military censorship. The SMH reports:
Mobile phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Britain's The Business newspaper reported yeterday. Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US Defence Department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones. "Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said, adding that a "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works.
As technology shrinks and becomes far more accessible, the torture of Iraqis snapped by 'ordinary soldiers, following orders', may very well see the US military censors becoming hi-tech information warlords!

Update: The articles about Rumsfeld banning CameraPhones may actually be a hoax. Check the Hoax Museum here. Of course, it still sounds like something Rumsfeld would try to do.


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