posted on Dec, 5 2010 @ 08:52 AM
This is actually nothing new. Most all of government employees have a security level. As far as I can remember you always did run a risk of getting
punished if you discussed or read any Confidential, Secret or Top Secret material in public. Of course it never helped to be given classified
information and then to go off base and hear, what you where just told was Confidential, Secret or in some cases Top Secret being discussed at the
donut shop by civilians. Nevertheless it is illegal, and always has been, to discuss or obtain Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret material in a
public setting (which the internet most definately is). This is more of a re-iteration for government employees. The inforcement has really tapered
off to the point noone remembers that it is and always has been illegal for government employees to read or discuss Confidential, Secret or Top Secret
information in public.
What shocks me is the fact so many are shocked!
Sure some information which has been classified is actually information that doesn't affect national security or qualify for classification of
any secured level. This REGULATION is actually in place to prevent leakage of this material which does affect national security. The fact it covers
all levels of secured information is just to prevent information that may become significant to already be covered just in case.
I would find a stack of links to government regulations about this, but they are too easy to find when you google it. Not to mention, this should
be common knowledge.
Now. Being a civilian is a totally different ball of wax. Civilians are not bound by the regulations that government employees are.