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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Social Media, Facebook and Security Breaches

I hope that the IDF soldier who posted military plans on his facebook page is jailed and held incommunicado for a long time.

The punishment for such internet social media security breaches should be so severe as to make it clear to all soldiers and their families and friends that even stupidity is sedition.

That would include girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, siblings and cousins reporting plans and schedules of IDF soldiers. 

Ignorance and foolishness should never be accepted legal excuses.

It's not that Israel is a country at war, it's that Israel is a country under attack every minute, every second of the day.  We have enemies who want to destroy us, all of us Right, Left and Center, young and old.  It doesn't matter if we live in Tel Aviv or Tel Zion, Raanana or Revava.

That's the lesson of Purim and Shabbat Zachor!


Keli Ata said...

I hope the kid does get some jail time for compromising Israeli security whether out of carelessness or ignorance.

A while back I read of some IDF soldiers going to prison for 10 days just for mooning some Palestinians.

What this soldier did certainly merits jail time. And I hate to say it, but he should be investigated to be certain he wasn't deliberately passing along information to the Palestinians.

You just never know who sympathizes with them among the liberal left.

B'H his fellow soldiers caught on to what he was doing and reported the security breach.

Keli Ata said...

I don't know; I also read on Happy Balagan's blog a while back about someone at an Israeli post office leaving a back pack there and leaving for a while because the line was so long.

Everyone assumed the worst. Isn't there more of an awareness of dangers from such things in Israel than the US?

Batya said...

All in all most people are security conscious. That's how the breach was reported.

Most people are very careful about leaving things. Just the fact that it made the papers is proof that it's pretty rare. If someone leaves a bag at the bus station to go the WC, it's common to ask a friend to watch it.