An Axe to Grind?

Top-Secret World Loses Blogger

CIA Contractor Is Fired When Internal Post Crosses the Line
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 21, 2006; Page A15
Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, considered her blog a success within the select circle of people who could actually access it.


On July 13, after she posted her views on torture and the Geneva Conventions, her blog was taken down and her security badge was revoked. On Monday, Axsmith was terminated by her employer, BAE Systems, which was helping the CIA test software.
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  1. Hey Rob!
    In Maryland they're firing State employees who have blogs. The Baltimore Orioles routiniely fire broadcasters who are critical of the upper management. Unfortunately this is the world we live in and it extends from the left to the right. She should have used a fake name like me!

  2. Nice to see you, Cal.

    Isn't it too bad that we have to hide ourselves in anonymity - or that we have to repress our instincts to speak or act because of a fear of reprisal?


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