Maybe NPR is finally waking up.

“Basically most of the noise on the Internet are the clarion calls to battle from the jihadis, the inspirational and motivational messages that they communicate,” says Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University. “And there has really been almost no concerted, systematic and strategic effort to counter those messages.”

The young men from the Washington, D.C., area left clues about their intentions. Officials said a search of their computers showed they had watched YouTube videos that focused on U.S. troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Back in October, a Boston man was arrested for allegedly trying to offer his services to a jihadi camp in Yemen. He also had been inspired by the Internet to make the trip. In that case, he didn’t have the right connections and didn’t make the cut. He came back to the U.S. without training.

“I think that the Internet was correctly seen by al-Qaida and its fellow jihadis as a vacuum they could fill and they have filled it very well,” Hoffman says. “And we are just now, unfortunately, paying increased attention to this particular new threat.”

According to the article, Obummer had this to say:

“we have to constantly be mindful that some of these twisted ideologies are available over the Internet.”

Gee.  I guess seeing what can be done about that might be above his pay grade.  What a loser. Well since he wouldn’t want to accused of actually leading in this area, there are plenty of others who are working on it (despite what NPR thinks.) Check out YouTube Smackdown, Jawas, Internet Anthropologist Think Tank, Free Republic, Jihadi Smackdown of the Day or many others to join the fight.

H/T to Howie at The Jawa Report and dirtboy at FreeRepublic

UPDATE: Jammie Wearing Fool found this — the recruitment STARTED AT YOUTUBE. Wake the heck UP people!! What have we been telling you for literally YEARS??!?!?!!!