Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal (subtitled: Embrace the Suck) is embracing no more. The blog, kept by a soldier who wrote under the name LT G in Iraq, known as one of the most honest and compelling dispatches of blogging from the warfront, has been shut down by those above his pay grade.
Kaboom's LT G wrote often about his periodic wide-open disregard for military decorum (sometimes openly questioning superiors online) and just as often mused on the daily personal exploits of time in country — like the time he almost went out into the warzone sans pants.
But after a passionate posting inspired by being asked to become the company XO, his superiors had decided he'd gone too far. The last posting reads, "I have been ordered to stop posting on Kaboom, effective immediately. . . it was too much unfiltered truth. I’m a soldier first, and orders are orders. So it is."
In 2007 the Army passed new rules governing what soldiers could and could not say online, being required to "consult with their immediate supervisor . . . prior to publishing or posting information in a public forum." The rules are framed as a way to protect operational security, though in the instance of Kaboom, all events were described after the fact, and all identifying details changed. Supporters of the blog think the removal of Kaboom exposes a blackhole of censorship in the blogosphere. Did the Army go to far, or were they right to remove Kaboom?