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Pentagon promotes banned YouTube.

As of yesterday, soldiers are banned from accessing MySpace, YouTube, and 11 other sites. Yet as IraqSlogger points out, “the weekly electronic newsletter of the US-led Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) today makes a banner appeal for US forces and others to watch MNF-I’s new YouTube channel”:

The Pentagon’s YouTube efforts are meant “to help portray U.S. combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in a favorable light.”

UPDATE: Sen. John Warner (R-VA) today said that he will investigate the Pentagon’s decision. “Believe me, I am going to jump on that like a June bug right now,” said Warner, a member of the Armed Services Committee. “I’ve got a call into the Pentagon saying, ‘Hey guys, what is the rationale?’”

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