Archive for December, 2009

An investigation?

So I heard back from Highwinds today – the company that’s providing services to terrorists that I mentioned here.  To refresh your memory, Highwinds is the ip address that some of the videos NOT hosted at YouTube resolved to when I clicked a video at almoltaqa.ps.

I sent them a courtesy email on November 24th that said:

Dear sirs:

I am not sure if you realize it or not, but the terrorists of Hamas are using your service to embed videos on their site. Here’s a link to one such instance:

http://www dot almoltaqa dot ps/english/showthread.php?s=42cd5ca4f9b65a35b15fc26bba7e5650&t=3384&page=10

There are 4 Hamas videos embedded on this page that download from your service. Providing services to terrorists, even free ones, are against Executive Orders. Please remove this content from your servers. Thank you!

It was several days before they got my email because of an email address mixup — I sent to the address on their whois information rather than abuse@highwinds.com. So they agreed to conduct an investigation, and this was the response I received today:

Hello. We have investigated this issue and we have not found anything
to be illegal here. If you feel otherwise, please reply with more
detailed information and we will be happy to investigate further.

Regards,
Brad

Yep, I emailed back, as follows:

Wow. These are terrorist videos posted on terrorist forums and they are using your site to do it. Here’s the reason it’s illegal — Exective order 13224 found here: http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/eo-13224.htm

The pertinent portion is this:

I hereby order:

Section 1. Except to the extent required by section 203(b) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)), or provided in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons that are in the United States or that hereafter come within the United States, or that hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons are blocked:
(a) foreign persons listed in the Annex to this order;

(b) foreign persons determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States;

(c) persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, to be owned or controlled by, or to act for or on behalf of those persons listed in the Annex to this order or those persons determined to be subject to subsection 1(b), 1(c), or 1(d)(i) of this order;

(d) except as provided in section 5 of this order and after such consultation, if any, with foreign authorities as the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, deems appropriate in the exercise of his discretion, persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General;
(i) to assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, such acts of terrorism or those persons listed in the Annex to this order or determined to be subject to this order; or

(ii) to be otherwise associated with those persons listed in the Annex to this order or those persons determined to be subject to subsection 1(b), 1(c), or 1(d)(i) of this order.

Your company is providing technological support for terrorists. I hope this helps with your investigation. Please keep me posted!

Thank you!

The ball’s in their court. I’ll keep you posted.

H/T to Howie for these links — Hamas (the terrorists using Highwinds.com’s services) are OFFICIALLY terrorists and recognized as such internationally.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_designated_terrorist_organizations

http://search.treas.gov/search?q=hamas&access=p&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&client=default_frontend&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&site=default_collection

http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/key-issues/protecting/charities_execorder_13224-a.shtml

YouTube: Beheadings-And-Assassinations-R-Us

DO NOT click the link unless you are prepared for a grusome sight.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sahab928#p/u/6/lSjAcFGtC90

At 2:29 there are assassinations of two people.  Point
blank with a military rifle.  There is no doubt as to what
you’re seeing.  Yes this video has been flagged.  Yes
it’s still up.  At 2:57 there is a head that’s been removed
from it’s body.  YouTube has been notified.  The
video remains.  Yeah, sure, YouTube counts on the users to
police the site.  What youTube fails to mention whenever the
topic comes up is that they ignore the police.  Even CNN
has noticed
the connection between YouTube and the
terrorists.

Howie at The Jawa Report had this to say:

Next disturbing thing is that Obama’s Secretary for Homeland
Security, Janet Napolitano, basically throws up her hands and says,
“There is no magic bullet”.

Look Janet, three girls
and a few of us guys can create Youtube
Smackdown
and remove tens of thousands of Jihadi videos from
Youtube.

So we can catch these in a
day or less, yet Youtube and Homeland
Security are helpless in the face of a known terrorist user who simply
ads three digits to his name each time he returns?

Go read Howie’s post if you have time — it’s a good one.

12 Amish killed and 28 wounded at Pakistan Mosque

I wonder what Gadahn would say about this?

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 12 Pakistanis and wounded 28 more in an attack at a mosque in the northwestern district of Dir.

The suicide bomber detonated at a mosque frequented by police in the main town of Timergara. The attack took place as people gathered at the mosque for Friday prayers.

More at the link.

So let me get this straight…. The terrorists DON’T target Muslims?  But the suicide bomber blows himself to hell at a mosque?  I guess it must have been an Amish mosque.

H/T to the Bill Roggio at  LongWarJournal.

Dear Terrorists, Merry Christmas! Love, YouTube

There’s a lovely new video out called “The Mujahideen Don’t Target Muslims.”  Yeah,
right, whatever you say Adam.)   It’s put out by the terrorists over at As-Sahab (the media wing of Al Qaeda, in case you didn’t know) but that doesn’t stop YouTube from hosting it so that it can be embedded free of charge for all the little jihadis all over the world to get jacked up about.   On December 16, Ronin called for a little YouTube Smackdown and so of course I had to check it out.  One of the posts he had was from a YouTuber named wafathunqareeb – it turns out he has uploaded the 3-part series by the US-born Taliban traitor Adam Gadahn about the Muj not targeting muslims.  He also has a couple other videos, and the one that caught my eye was titled “US & Allies Are Loosing War  in Afghanistan & Iraq.”

The video is full of images of wounded coalition troops, burned out vehicles and other scenes of war — I took some screen caps, but I don’t want to post them.  You’ll notice that across the top of the screen it says “This video may not be suitable for minors.”   This is proof positive that someone at YouTube has been notified of this videos existence and yet deemed it within the TOS of YouTube.  And it may not be “suitable for minors,” but look who it is most popular with….

When I looked at the statistics for this video, I saw a bunch of interesting links.  It looks like the guy has multiple websites.

I decided to check them out (of course) and share my findings with you.   The first stop was the YouTuber’s own site – it appears that there are two and that they are virtually a mirror of one another.   Oh — and all rights are reserved to Muslims. Mmmm-kay….

Here he’s embedded the American Traitor Adam Gadahn video from Ronin’s post….

And the one that caught my eye…

The videos are followed by all kinds of “news” stories about Mujahideen operations, etc.

There was a link at the top of the page to his (?) blog….

Yes, I clicked.

This text was over in the sidebar section….

And this was the first post on the site…

This is a statement from the Taliban which can be found at many terrorist sites all around the ‘net.   It’s posted on the guy’s blog — the same blog to which YouTube is supplying free internet services.  Ronin took this one apart pretty handily over at Jawas:

OK. So
fasiq Mujahid, was he killed point blank or tortured mercilessly
to death? One sound(s) quick and the other sounds long. Please get back
to
us.

Thanks. Also, Haji Badshah Khan, was that the same Badshah Khan from Bak
who is an Afghan warlord and has fought the Taliban in the past?

There’s more at the link.

But that’s not all — there are several other stories posted…

So who are the “reporters” here anyway?  I decided to check them out…


One of the videos at this terrorist blog was named “Suicide Operation of Shahada – Shaykh Al-Albani.”  There were English subtitles, so I figured that this video was made for an English speaking audience.


Here was the message presented on the video, in case you’re curious like I was…

Suicide
operations or Shahada

Shaykh Al-Albani

Questioner – In modern warfare there is something called commandos or
suicide groups

Shaykh – Yes.

(Questioner)  There could be enemy forces that cause harm to
the muslims

Therefore they setup a commando group of suicide group that place bombs

And they blow up the enemy tanks, what is the rulling (sic) of this and
is it suicide?

(Shaykh) No, suicide is when you kill yourself to get rid of your
terrible life

But what you are asking about is not suicide

In fact it is Jihad in the way of Allah

You must take note here

That this must not be done out of your own accord

This should be done by the order of the army general

…If the general is able to scarifice this soldier

And he sees that this action will kill many of the disbelievers

Then the final word is to him and you must obey him

Even if you dont (sic) want to, you must obey the order

(Questioner) – There is no harm?

(Shaykh) – No harm.

Because we don’t call this suicide

Suicide is one of the biggest forbidden actions in Islam

No one commits it except that they are angry with their lord, denying
Allah’s fate for him.

We seek refuge in Allah

But the soldier he is similar to the salaf that used to attack

A large group of disbelievers

With nothing but his sword untill (sic) death meets him.

And he is patient and firm because he believes that he is looking for
Jannah.

There is a great difference between who dies in this Jihadi way

And who commits suicide to rid himself of his life,

Or if a person did it out of his own accord

Because this goes under throwing oneself in destruction.

If the army general knows the battlefield and its reality

And all the affecting factors

Then this is an action which is encouraged.

This particular video has been around, it appears.   Some very interesting sites are using YouTube’s free hosting services to share it.  And again, look who this video appeals to.


TheUnjustMedia
is quite an interesting site.  Mujahideen operations reports, videos, martyrdom operation reports, statements from the Taliban – you name it, they’ve got it.


So how about another forum — Islamic Awakening sounds, um, intriguing.

Muslim4life101 asks a quesiton about suicide attacks and if they are legit, and it’s immediately followed up by a responder who posts the Al-Albani video.

On a positive note, it appears that the other site that had linked to the video has closed up shop — possibly PWND?  We can only hope.

And of course I had to click the facebook links to see what I could see. Too bad I can’t see in what context this guy posted the video, but  like it says, I (or any terrorist in the making) could “Send Khalid a Message” and ask him, just  like anyone can at YouTube. We have heard that the five Americans Jihadi wannabees who were detained in Pakistan met on YouTube and communicated both at YouTube and at Facebook.   The videos that were hosted at YouTube were part of the recipe that encouraged their radicalization.

How long will it be before YouTube takes responsibility for what it’s helping to do to our country?   It would probably help if we didn’t have a President who is more worried about reaching out to the young men than prosecuting them, but that’s most
likely above his pay grade.  Meanwhile terrorists continue to use free services of YouTube, Facebook, and other social networks hosted in the United States in order to wage war on our country and kill our countrymen who are trying to free the common people from the stranglehold of terrorism.  YouTube needs to get a clue.  Or a lawsuit.

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Recruiting and Fund Raising, Oh My!

According to Cannoneer No.4 via The Jawa Report, the Taliban is using Paypal to accept donations. Read it here. First YouTube. Now Paypal. What next?

Around the ‘net

Around the ‘net — people are seeing the internet for the terrorist tool it is.

The Missed Signal on American Muslim Radicalization

How To Lose a Cyberwar

Even the NYSlimes is paying attention:

New Incidents Test Immunity to Terrorism On U.S. Soil

How long do you think it’ll be before YouTube catches on? I won’t hold my breath.

More wake-ups: The Washington Post “Terrorist Recruiters Leverage The Web
H/T Gnat Masterson

SHOCKER! Terrorists use the INTERNET!

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??!?!?!!!

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