February 20th, 2012
08:45 AM ET

Security Clearance not cleared for Marines?

By Adam Levine

Our good friend at Time's Battleland blog got word from some readers that Battleland and apparently our Security Clearance page are no longer visible on Marines' work computers.

Battlelander Mark Thompson investigated, noting that other blogs are still viewable.   As one Marine wrote to Thompson:

"Marines are encouraged to understand the world we serve in, and it comes across as clumsy and heavy-handed censorship when a site is blocked just a few days after an article like “What’s Wrong with the Marines?” is posted [on Battleland]."

Perhaps a coincidence.  Marine Captain Kevin Schultz insisted late Sunday to Battleland that there was no blocking of the site and "I don’t know if this was a system glitch or something else."

Hopefully it it a glitch.  If not, and you are trying to read Battleland and Security Clearance on your computer, request a waiver.

Read more about this on Time's Battleland blog.

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    I am the Chief of the Cybersecurity Division and the Marine Corps Senior Information Assurance Official. I was informed of this issue on Sunday afternoon and immediately contact the MCNOSC Watch Officer to determine if the blogs were actually blocked, and if so, were they hosted on service providers that may have had security issues in the past, e.g., hosting malicious code or malicious activity. In actuality, Marines do have access to both blogs. As we said in our initial and follow-up emails yesterday, we validated that the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) was able to access the blogs from both an NMCI seat and a legacy network seat. Within a couple of hours we had confirmed access to these sites and responded with that information. Periodically there are sproadic glitches in our protection profiles that affect individual users. We have a process to rectify these glitches. I personally contacted the Marine who reported this issue and told him he should have access. If he didn't, I gave him some options to work with the NMCI vendor to have his system checked, as it could be a system setting on his office computer. Semper Fi! Ray A. Letteer

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