The members of YouTube Smackdown, Quoth the Raven, FreeRepublic, the Jawa Report, Stable of the Zionist Hores and many others have been virtually screaming for years about the hirabist threat that is aided and abetted by YouTube hosting terrorist videos for free on U.S. servers. (Hint: every one of those words in the previous sentence is a link to a post about YouTube’s free internet services for terrorists.)
Yesterday at MEMRI, Steven Stalinzky posted a spot on piece titled “YouTube – The Internet’s Primary and Rapidly Expanding Jihadi Base: Part II.” There’s so much good information there that I hesitate to even pull tidbits out to post here – you really need to read the whole thing yourself, but here’s a preview…
On April 30, 2010, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group created its official YouTube Page. One day later, the terrorist organization posted its first video on that page – a claim of responsibility for the attempted New York City Times Square attack. This is just the latest example showing YouTube’s emergence as the Internet’s primary – and rapidly expanding – jihadi base.
The following report highlights how jihadist groups worldwide are increasingly using YouTube for a multitude of purposes, including taking responsibility for terrorist attacks and posting footage of attacks for propaganda and recruiting purposes.
Much of what is there are things that we have told you about here and at the websites mentioned above.
There are those who will argue that there is intelligence to be gained from the videos, and occasionally they may be correct. Fine. Then have YouTube (or someone at a concerned government agency) catalog the videos they remove and save them to an FBI / DHS / DoD website* so the people who need to look for “intelligence” can find them. Then get them off YouTube so your average moron looking to be radicalized cannot be stirred up by the likes of Anwar al-Awlaki or Zachary spoiled-rich-white-kid-wants-15-minute-of-fame Chesser.
It has been shown multiple times that the availability of these propaganda and incitement videos are fueling “Sudden Jihad Symdrome” here at home and abroad. (Jihad Jane, Jihad Jamie, Farouk Abdulmatallab, Nidal Hassan to name but a few.) At some point the “intelligence value” of a video is vastly overwhelmed by the hirabists propaganda value.
At one point, the YouTube Smackdown went “on strike” publicly (although many of us continued fighting the fight behind the scenes and in other ways) because YouTube was not enforcing their own policies. When we helped expose Colleen LaRose aka JihadJane — who had a very well documented YouTube connection — and she was subsequently was caught along with Jihad Jamie Ramirez and others in the process of trying to find a way to assassinate Lars Vilks, the Danish cartoonist, we brought the Smackdown back to FreeRepublic and have had a much more attentive policy enforcement from YouTube. MaybeYouTube is beginning to understand it’s responsibility in this area. More likely it is concerned with it’s liability.
At some point surely law enforcement agencies will begin to take notice of the connection from YouTube to the terrorists who want to kill people in a violent way and will begin looking to prosecute YouTube for complicity. We can only hope, because I believe that is what it will take to clean the terrorist propaganda off the servers at YouTube.
Maybe they should start right here. Among other things, this user says
“Today on-wards, the direction of our JEHAD is AMERICAN States & Cities.”
H/T Andrea and Internet Anthropologist Think Tank.
* – update – it seems that the technology already exists (TECS), but is not used to it’s potential apparently.