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DIRTY SECRETS. The Japanese Navy has met the enemy, and it is porn ' at least when it comes to protecting information involving its missile defense system. Three Japanese naval officers sharing pornography via their computers apparently copied confidential information on Japan's Aegis radar system along with it, according to a story first published by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuru.

The Aegis system, also employed by the U.S. Navy, is used on Japanese destroyers scheduled to be fitted this year with missile interceptors ' a project that was accelerated after North Korea's missile tests last year. Curiously, the three officers involved said they 'accidentally' copied the Aegis data along with the pornography, despite the fact that none of them was authorized to access the Aegis data, which might raise the possibility that the porn was actually a ruse to cover their tracks. But if so, you'd think they'd choose a diversion less attention-getting than copying pornography onto government computers.

NET REGULATIONS. Disputes over free speech, political speeches, blogger identities and equal time are playing out in the Orient. In Thailand, the military-installed government banned YouTube after the Web site failed to block digitally altered clips making fun of the country's king. In Japan, Tokyo's election commission asked YouTube to remove clips of candidates in a governor's race. And in Malaysia, the government is considering requiring bloggers to register ' that is, identify themselves ' to prevent anonymous posters from spreading 'lies' about the government. And over here they're worried about shelving 'Law & Order' reruns with Fred Thompson for equal-time concerns. Maybe that guy from 'The Love Boat' should run.

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