Wednesday, January 05, 2005

More on 67th Combat Support Hospital docs

There is more information on the shutdown of the on 67th Combat Support Hospital docs blog in the Philadelphia Inquirer (free registration required):

A Bucks County military doctor serving in Iraq says he was forced to shut down his Internet war diary last week after Army officials decided his gripping accounts of frontline medicine constituted a breach of Army regulations.

Maj. Michael Cohen, a doctor with the 67th Combat Support Hospital unit, had chronicled the bloody aftermath of the Dec. 21 mess-hall bombing in Mosul that killed 22.
Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, a spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq, said the Pentagon allows blogging so long as authors do not disrupt discipline in their units, make statements on behalf of commanders or the Army as a whole, or reveal operational details that could aid attackers.

This was the blog I mentioned earlier here and here. Obviously we are still trying to find the correct balance between operational security and free flow of information around the biased media. Hopefully the Pentagon will realize that Media Induced Ignorance can be deadly too.

Major Cohen's email address is

Hat tip, Mudville Gazette. Also noted by The Truth Laid Bear, Kevin McCullough and Stryker Brigade news.