Maggie’s Notebook Banned in Afghanistan: MSGT Tom O’Rourke – Military Poor – Misleading Leadership: In Honor of SSG Chris Kiernan

Yesterday I was notified that this blog, Maggie’s Notebook, is banned in Afghanistan on the computers soldiers use for “recreation.” As anyone reading here knows, I am an unwaivering supporter of our Troops. I have been very critical of Military leadership, from the perspective of a citizen sitting out here in the ether. I have been critical of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for baldly telling Congress he and the President will deploy U.S. Troops when they choose to do so, without Congressional oversight. I have criticized the Military handling of Nidal Hassan, the Ft. Hood shooter, and I, along with many others, am dismayed at our leader’s refusals to acknowledge Islamic jihad. I have told Sgt. Gary Stein’s story, and the stories of other Military, who say they will refuse to follow an unconstitutional order from the White House. I have recently advocated for bringing the troops home, because they are not allowed to fight a war, and I have been overtly suspicious of Afghan security forces. For this, I assume, I have been banned.

UPDATE 4-1-12: I wish this was an April Fools prank, but it’s not. I have some further information. My site has been blocked at the MWR (Morale Welfare Recreation). I believe our soldiers have Internet Cafes, in this instance known as MWR on the SPAWAR networks. I’m banned there which means no soldier can visit here.

SSG Christopher Kiernan

Today I found a timely op-ed written by MSgt Tom O’Rourke (ret) The Integrity of the Soldier vs. the Duplicity of our Leaders. He talks specifically about Arlen Specter’s duplicity, his litany of dishonest political moves, and his 60th vote that put ObamaCare on the President’s desk for a signature. He speaks of the integrity of the Troops in the face of poor and misleading leadership. The banning of Maggie’s Notebook and the theme of the op-ed seem to go hand-in-hand.

I decided against asking the Military Advisor in Afghanistan who notified me of the banning, to take a screen shot of the no-access notice. That’s what bloggers do when we find China or Russia has banned our blogs. This time, I feel it will put him at risk to ask anything of him. His information said I was banned on SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command). He was unable to access my homepage. I did not know him before he contacted me. I had not visited his blog.

It’s a sad day when a small-time blogger, who passionately supports our Military and our Constitution, as I do, is blocked. I’m thinking The Daily Kos must be alive and well in Afghanistan.

Here are few snippets from MSgt O’Rourke – please read the entire op-ed here:

While my heart warms every time I see a person in a military uniform and the American flag flying proudly, it is also turned cold by the daily fusillade of reports on the poor and misleading leadership, the trading of insults and the extreme lack of ethics provided by our elected officials of all political stripes.

We send our troops overseas with the best training, a hearty handshake and a promise to help their families, and while not a perfect system, it nonetheless functions well due to the caliber of the people we send and the American principles that they embrace.

However, when it comes to selecting our local, state and national leaders, we seem to be guided by a perverse logic of buying into selfishness (bringing home the bacon), racial or ethnic solidarity (he or she looks like me) or apathy (just don’t care – they are all the same). Is it any wonder that we now cascade toward a financial day of reckoning that promises intense pain for all and limits the hope of many young people?

To put his into a specific contrast I offer the lesson that Pennsylvanians (author included) learned when Senator Arlen Specter, who survived a primary challenge from Pat Toomey in 2004, ceded his integrity to his personal interests, switched political parties and became the 60th and deciding vote for the American Healthcare Act.

This action stands in deep contrast to the integrity, courage and professionalism of the vast majority of our deployed forces, who rise every day not knowing if a 155mm rocket will be launched at their camp, a sniper will take aim at them or more recently, a host nation traitor will bring them harm. In the face of this danger and the conflicting signals they see from their civilian leadership, we are indeed fortunate that they continue to perform at the tip of the spear and bring us honor!

I write this in tribute to SSG Christopher Kiernan, US Army KIA May 2007 – your ultimate sacrifice is my daily inspiration.

MSGT (ret) Tom O’Rourke
OIF 2006 and 2010
New Jersey Air National Guard
McGuire AFB, NJ
SSG Christopher Kiernan was the first soldier from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn Veteran to have a VFW Post named in his honor  – and the first-ever virtual post, doing all business online. Visit the Facebook page here.
Before her husband’s remains [Kiernan’s] arrived on Monday, Donna read an e-mail Chris sent her shortly before his death, titled “The past six months in Baghdad.” In it, he talked about the situation in Iraq and policies proposed by lawmakers. He slammed elected officials for passing a bill that provided a timeline for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq./font color> He asked his wife to forward it to everyone they knew, but asked it not be passed on to members of the media because his words would be misconstrued…
During training, the “gloves are off,” Donna said, but in battle the soldiers are held back and “must be proper while the cowardly so-called insurgents use their religious mosque to hide out and build weapon caches.”The insurgents are upgrading their weapons and experience,” she said. “They want to kill American soldiers.” She put responsibility on the Iraqi people, saying it is time for them to be held accountable for meeting deadlines set by the American government.
Our enemies within and without are exposed every day now, in ways so shocking it has become easier to shrug and move on because, let’s face it, we and our Military, are so incredibly helpless.  There are prayers and the voting booth; let us not forget either. Let us never forget the SSG Kiernan’s who have given their lives tasked with making life better for the severely oppressed, and the MSGT Tom O’Rourke’s who are brave enough to speak out.
  • Hey there! I know this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a massive amount work? I am brand new to blogging however I do write in my journal everyday. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

    • Adeline, yes, my blog takes a lot of work – as you said “massive” work. That being said, I’m a lightening fast typist, but I don’t get my posts up as quickly as I perhaps could, or as quickly as some bloggers. Your blog sounds like a personal blog, which will not take up your time trying to verify information as mine does, since I am a news blog.

      The bottom line, if you are looking for traffic, you have to figure out how to get people to your site, and you do that by being interesting, compelling and diligent. Good luck!

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  • Thanks for another very thoughtful and informative article. I guess the military is under too much PC pressure from the politicians who want to silence any dissenting voice, but I believe your concerns are shared by most Americans.

    • Eddie, there is way too much PC in our Military – the once place we should never, never see it, and the Ft. Hood shootings made that abundantly clear. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment.

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  • Eddie there are 140000 votes in Afghanistan, Nah, can’t be– Obama wouldn’t try to rig it so only Obama friendly information reaches those votes before the election— would he?

    Maggie:I posted a link in the Daily headlines too

  • Geo

    Maggie don’t be discouraged, in fact I’d wear it as a badge of honor. If the “Sig Heil” crowd in the Military Leadership and the thugs in D.C. are pushing this . . . . you must be doing something right.

    Welcome to Ameritopia!

    One item I think you forgot <insert< for the ultimate "cause and effect".

    • Geo

      Now why won’t the words “someone’s birth certificate” appear in the above post before <insert< …. . hmmm! I wonder?

    • Geo, I would rather it be China or Russia. Then I could have a lot of fun with it. This makes me sick at heart.

      • Geo

        I’m sure you’re disappointed and hurt over this, those that are familiar with you know exactly where your heart is regarding our Troops and this idiotic policy we are following. I’m in total agreement with you on it.

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  • I’m going to make a t shirt with the words…

    “My Friend’s Blog
    Has Been Banned to the Millitary
    In Afghanistan!!!

    What’s that all about?”

    You’ve arrived Maggie.. you’ve arrived.

    • Maggie … your friend David is 100% right. Your blog is making a big difference in our country. You are making a difference. You always speak truth with a moral edge on it. Salt in their wounds so to speak. Never quit. Our founding fathers didn’t quit either.

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  • Unbelievable.

  • I bet they still have access to Code Pink’s website and other left wing liberal anti-war and anti-military sites.

  • OldmanRick

    Maggie, as an old Nam vet, I can state that we were subjected to the same BS the guys in Afghanistan are experiencing. Think of it as when politicos lie, soldiers die.


    Good morning, Maggie. I have shared your report on my blog and on Facebook/Twitter. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this latest censorship from this administration.

    • BeeSting, thanks so much for reblogging this. I did hear from the soldier again today and he confirmed it. I just posted an update here and inside the story.

      • My pleasure, Maggie. I updated with your last comment and will follow what becomes of this … we need to contact our Rep’s in Washington!

  • UPDATE 4-1-12: I wish this was an April Fools prank, but it’s not. I have some further information. My site has been blocked at the MWR (Morale Welfare Recreation). I believe our soldiers have Internet Cafes, in this instance known as MWR on the SPAWAR networks. I’m banned there which means no soldier can visit here.

    Thank you to everyone for your support.

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  • I posted a link and a comment as well, Maggie. Remember, a warrior is judged by the quality of his, or this case her, enemies.

  • Looks like you must have hit too close to home with these Afghans.
    That lousy Obamanation government had everything to do with this as he is running scared. Plus the nasty birth certificate issue is getting to Obama big time, well good enough.
    Have you noticed? This dick-tator government run by Muslims can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

  • Missed this the other day, Maggie. I’ll re-post tomorrow.

    • Thanks Bob. I appreciate it.

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  • Hey Maggie, I noticed this action at Bob Mack’s blog. I’ll be happy to repost this one.

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  • I reposted this the other day, with it’s update it’ll go to facebook

  • You must be doing something right, Maggie. Dictators can not abide the truth.

    • Jim.. wow you hit it out of the park.. your so right.

  • Wow, this is how it starts doesn’t it? Just a couple of blogs ar first, testing the waters, then….

  • This is really awful!! The sensoring of blogs that don’t agree with this ObaMARXIST regime has officially begun – and they are trying to prevent our brave American troops from learning and knowing the truth!

    Today I came up with a new slogan:

    “Obama Belongs In Jail, Not On The Campaign Trail!”

    • Christine, hey I missed this comment. Yes, it’s terrible. Love your slogan! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.

  • Hope my comment didn’t get put in your spam file. Askimet on WP is good at that.

    • Glen, it did go to spam. I missed it since I have been off the computer due to a back and neck injury. Just found it and posted. Sorry:-(

  • ???

  • Ok I hope you got the earlier statement.

    • Professor X – this is a comedy of errors. Yes, I got all three. I have approved this one. I will hold the one with your name if you prefer me to do so. I tried to comment back to you at Bob’s, but I cannot seem to comment on any blog recently. I have a blog set up there that I have never posted to. It has the same email address as the one I use here. I have to find my password and try to change the email address – and hope that works.

      So I will have the same problem at your blog, but I will come and read. Nice to meet you:-)

      • Maggie, I posted your response under X’s comment on my site & also posted it on his. WP does seem to have its fair share of glitches these days … I wonder if the lib bloggers on WP are having the same problems?