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Good news! Foehammer has received this reply from SonicWALL:

Dear Customer:

You submitted the following rating request to SonicWALL CFS Support: Rate atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com as “31.Web Communications” at 2007-09-01 17:25:00.257

The request has been reviewed and rated as:
“25.Political/Advocacy Groups” at 2007-09-03 03:20:13.787

You should see this rating change reflected within 1 to 3 business days.

SonicWALL CFS Support

More good news: SurfControl has reclassified Jihad Watch and Doctor Bulldog!

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Stein hoist to Sounder and Gramfan for their assistance!

On the other hand…

Secure Computing SmartFilter is blocking The Religion of Peace.

Little Green Footballs appears to be having problems with Websense.

Websense unfortunately requires registration to use their site lookup tool, a policy which is highly objectionable in itself. So much for accountability to the public!

So I used the Websense Email Form to write this note:

It has come to my attention that Websense is blocking the well-respected counterterrorist/antijihadist site, Little Green Footballs (http://littlegreenfootballs.com).

I have also noted that Websense requires registration in order to use the Site Lookup Tool. This is just plain wrong! It discourages public accountability by invading people’s privacy in order to get the information about whether a site they want to access may be misclassified.

Little Green Footballs has been around for a long time. Charles Johnson, who runs the site, does not post or allow to be posted any bigoted or otherwise inappropriate content. It contains nothing that would make it objectionable even for the K-12 environment. Websense should classify it accordingly.

Sites such as Little Green Footballs also contain valuable security information that everybody should know, and that are useful in the corporate, academic, nonprofit, and government environments. In fact, I believe that anybody working at a government site, including state and local governments, as well as schools, should be REQUIRED to view counterterrorist and other security-related sites on a regular basis, because protecting everyone is part of their job!

But when I clicked to send it, the Websense email form rejected it because I had entered a “public” (i.e., web-based) email address. Another barrier to accountability!

Even though I was thoroughly disgusted by that petty little ploy, I went ahead and sent the form, but I had to give a personal email address that I would much rather not have used.

“What’s next?”


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John September 3, 2007 at 7:03 pm

Hello,

just found your site via sheikyermami.

I work at a FoMoCo (Ford) office, and about three weeks ago when I tried to access The Religion of Peace site I got the following:

Access denied by WebWasher DynaBLocator content category. The requested URL belongs to the following category: Extreme.

Don’t know if anyone has experienced the same?

2 1389 September 3, 2007 at 10:19 pm

I used this site:

http://www.securecomputing.com/sfwhere/index.cfm

to request that http://thereligionofpeace.com/ be reclassified as a news site.

3 EloiVsDiablo September 4, 2007 at 7:18 am

I believe this is a sign of the times, the times are a changing and the religion of bigots are running scared of being exposed…

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