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Apr212013

CIVIL AIR PATROL GENERAL COUNSEL OVERSTEPS ITS BOUNDS

First, this is in no way an indictment against the fine men and women of the Civil Air Patrol, only two leaders who go their panties in a bunch over publishing of information that was posted on their own sites and accessible by the public.  

RadioReference.com had a forum post by a member that linked to a communications plan for the CAP.  There was not any secret information listed in this plan, as it was publicly accessible by anyone with an internet connection.  On April 19, 2013, Rafael A Robles, General Counsel of the Civil Air Patrol sent a Cease and Desist letter to the owner of RadioReference.com, which can be seen HERE.  

The strange thing is that all the CAP's documents are available with a <1 minute Google search.

Here are links to 2 CAP Communications Plans (including the one in question).  

2012 Civil Air Patrol Communications Plan 

2010 Civil Air Patrol Communications Plan

The fact that they didn't want RadioReference.com to link to those documents is not a big deal in and of itself, but the fact that a government agency (Air Force Auxillary) used its legal might to push around a small business (owner of the RadioReference.com) over no big deal is what bothers me.  Not only should CAP's General Counsel have better things to do with his time, he should also consider that a better use of his time may include taking a grammar or legal writing class (just read his letter).

Have a nice day!  

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Reader Comments (3)

Just so you know, the NATCAP wing COMMPLAN is _not_ the same as the National CAP one. NATCAP wing is the DC wing, and is not the same as CAP NHQ. The wing COMMPLANs have sensitive information, and aren't supposed to be publicly released. That's why CAP doesn't like that...

I am a current CAP member who works with my Wing comm staff, and I know exactly why they wouldn't want that publicly released. While I think the legal letter was very poorly written, Malcom Kyser's email was not over the top and was very reasonable. I would hate to have our frequencies pulled because we couldn't keep them secure.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSJ

It is a moot point because the whole thug backfired on the CAP. Instead of the document being listed on Radio Reference in relative obscurity, it is now plastered all over the internet. It is one of the top downloads on crptome,org. Yup, backfired.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSH

It was this PDF file (pages 3-22) they were talking about .
Civil Air Patrol National Capital Emergency Plan
http://cryptome.org/2013/04/cap-13-0419.pdf

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe CAP File
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