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Jul 05 2012

UPDATE: Christian Fighter Pilot Blog Blocked by Air Force!

UPDATE to this morning’s post:

Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty’s Christian supremacist, bigoted, hate-filled, lie-packed  Christian Fighter Pilot blog is now blocked on Air Force computers! Kudos to TSgt James Curts, the airman who got this blog blocked, as it should be.

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  1. 1
    Jasper of Maine

    \o/

  2. 2
    Brony

    Schadenfreude, I has it…

  3. 3
    nedchamplain

    I am, now, waiting on the Air Force to ask for his resignation.

  4. 4
    jnorris

    I am glad the Air Force will not allow this blog on its computers. Air Force personnel who wish to read it will have to use their personal computers.

    I am astonished that this major is allowed any supervisory authority or leadership position in the USAF. His unit’s moral must be in the toilet.

  5. 5
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    That was fast!

  6. 6
    'Tis Himself

    The Air Force is using Bluecoat. My company dropped Bluecoat after that malware blocked employee access to the company’s website on the grounds that the company supports gambling.

    I work at a casino.

  7. 7
    lordshipmayhem

    I see the Air Force’s aim was on target in shooting down this noxious fighter pilot’s blog.

  8. 8
    Fizzing thru da Fizzics

    *unlurk* Hee heee heeeeeee *relurk*

  9. 9
    Jeff Samuelson

    Both FTB and christianfighterpilot.com – and many other blog-based sites besides – have been blocked on the ANG (Air National Guard) network for a long time.

  10. 10
    sqlrob

    @Tis: That’s the admin fault though, you can exclude.

    There are much better reasons to drop blue coat.

    /Worked at a company acquired by them
    //The software is freaking brain dead.

  11. 11
    MikeMa

    Chris,

    Very good news.

    The AF cannot be unaware of Dowty’s blog or its contents. I might expect reprimanding him for lying and intimidation could run into 1st amendment issues but how about conduct unbecoming an officer?

  12. 12
    bbgunn

    Is it me or does Dowty’s sorties seem to get shot down a lot? You’d think Jeebus could find a better fighter pilot.

  13. 13
    Pinky

    My respect to the AF NCO for having the fortitude for doing the right thing. It takes a lot more bravery to insist on parity in the military than it does for a civilian to point out inequalities.

    I think it is ridiculous to use blocking software for any group including children. Trusting to integrity or proper supervision is much better.

    Christians use web blocking to prevent their children from seeing information opposing their dogma.

    A neat side effect of content blockers is encouraging the brightest children in restrictive Christian families to discover methods circumventing the crippling software. It becomes an intellectual exercise to find the ideas their parents believe is detrimental to their faith. In other words, what parents restrict turns into honeypots for their children and gives the ‘alternative information’ power.

  14. 14
    Trebuchet

    I wonder what the effect will be on TSgt Curts’s AF career. Not good, I suspect.

  15. 15
    Armored Scrum Object

    As much as I like to see justice done by the establishment clause, I have to echo ‘Tis Himself and Pinky and say that I find it disappointing that the USAF runs this kind of software at all.

    If you’re going to provide Web access in the first place, the only way to have anything resembling real control is to maintain your own whitelist of trusted sites and disallow everything else. Anything short of that is merely security theater. The real bad guys can change their domain names and IP addresses at the drop of a hat.

    Commercial web blacklists have a long and ugly history stretching back to the mid-1990s (that qualifies as “long” by Internet standards). They tend to be built around ill-defined and irrelevant categories, routinely have false positives and negatives even within those categories, and are often biased toward a Christian-right or at least “social conservative” viewpoint (I doubt anyone has managed to keep count of how many times GLAAD and NOW have been blocked as “sex” sites).

  16. 16
    lokipendragon

    This pilot sounds like a tool, how he has kept a job is rather amazing.

  17. 17
    andybreeden

    Nice.

  18. 18
    squirel52

    I would prefer that FTB be available than CFP be taken off line, because no sensible person will be convinced by his drivel, but FTB does have a positive impact for atheist and wavering soldiers. I assume the bulk of standard religious information dissemination sites are still accessible, so why not explicitly secular information sites?

  19. 19
    Matrim

    Unless they’ve changed how they do network stuff in the last four years since I’ve been out, the Air Force didn’t block anything; the base did. Each base handles its own network, some sites that are blocked at Spangdahlem are not at Dover, and some sites that are blocked at Dover are not at Nellis, and so on. It was always kinda annoying when you went to a new base and found a site blocked that wasn’t blocked at your previous base.

    @Pinky> In general they’re not using the blocking software to keep information from people, it’s to try and make sure they’re doing their jobs rather than watching YouTube or farting around on Newgrounds (it’s the same reason the take minesweeper and solitaire off their computers). It’s not particularly effective, as there is too much on the internet to block all the stuff that will distract people, but they have to try I guess. Integrity won’t work, because people will always watch videos of people being hit in the nuts before actually doing their job (especially if they’re in a job where slacking off isn’t as readily apparent). Supervision works some times, if you have the manpower to keep everyone supervised, but that’s not always the case (plus there’s always the fact that the supervisor would be just as likely to slack).

  20. 20
    Pinky

    Matrim said:

    In general they’re not using the blocking software to keep information from people, it’s to try and make sure they’re doing their jobs rather than watching YouTube…

    I understand what you said, but, with respect, I disagree that humans will always act without integrity at least in reference to having a goofing off gateway to the world at their work station.

    Blocking software is like a speed bump – an inefficient engineering fix to a human problem. Everybody pays for the few speeders by having their car shaken apart and their backs jarred.

    It damages the trust in the work environment to have the restrictions. The workers are judged guilty before they commit the offense.

    If workers lack the integrity to not goof off on the computer than the employer should also worry about them playing solitaire, reading novels, shooting heroin, selling crap for their children’s fundraisers, writing their memoir’s, sexual conduct and making personal phone calls.

    Employers to spot check workers and sanction those who are goofing off. A better idea is to install key loggers instead of blocking software, publicizing the fact to workers and then electronically spot checking. The best idea is to hire workers with integrity.

    Don’t automatically assume everyone will try to get away with everything they can.

  21. 21
    Matrim

    Employers DO worry about all those things, but it’s a LOT easier to make farting around on the computer look like legitimate work. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to make solitaire, novels, heroin, etc. look like work.

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