Posts tagged ‘Anwar al-Awlaki’

Was Jose Pimentel a YouTube User?

In what has become “same-old same-old,” another would-be bomber has been arrested in New York.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad they got him.  But what’s become monotonous is his story.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A convert to radical Islam who was inspired by the late Yemeni-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, 27-year-old Jose Pimentel was planning to target police, postal workers and returning armed services personnel with small home-made pipe bombs, according to New York police authorities.

According to authorities, Pimentel, who had lived almost all his life in the US, had become a follower of the US-born al-Awlaki, who rose to become a top figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last month. They said Pimentel had tried to contact al-Awlaki directly, but never got a response.

And where do you think is the easiest place to hear al-Awlaki lectures?   YouTube…  but of course!  The terrorists have their videos hosted for free, set up their little terrorist websites for all their little terrorist buddies, and then link to or embed the videos –hosted for free– on their sites so their little terrorist buddies can get all jazzed up and get violent.  Lovely!
C’mon YouTube – it’s about time to man up.  How many more of these guys are going to get nuts before you remove this stuff?  Seriously?  What does it take for you to agree it’s a threat?
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UPDATE:  I was more on target than I knew!  I found a link to his blog, which currently is still online.  (here:  http://www.trueislam1.com/). I expect that it will be taken down soon – already it appears that there are some broken links to photos.  (?)  But I took a few screen caps of interest.
This is the header of the site – check out the other websites he recommended.  I’m sure the FBI is checking them out too.  Below, you can see the kinds of things that adorned the left and right sides of his blog — little boxes with videos of his favorite terrorists.  There are numerous one and I took several caps.  You can see a couple samples:
And – what’s that?? He was a YouTube user??  Say it ain’t so, Joe!  Are we shocked?  I think not.

So many rabbit trails, so little time

No new news on the SalafiMedia.com site so far today.  Yesterday I did send examples with screenshots to explain why I believe the site should be removed from BlueHost’s servers.  I imagine that it takes a while for an ISP to do that — and I also imagine that the more complaints they receive, the greater the likelihood that there will be follow-through.  If you’re up for it, please contact abuse@bluehost.com with a complaint!

So last night I was playing around a bit on the SalafiMedia site and found some rabbit trails.  Another friend was playing too, and I’ll be chasing some of these down as I have time.

Rabbit trail #1:

When I mouseover links to the videos at the SalafiMedia, I see in the bottom of my screen on the taskbar that it is transferring information from another site:  salafihd.com.  It appears from a googlecache of that site to be a German version of SalafiMedia.com.

The tracer route shows that it returns to Hostmonster/Bluehost.  It is my intent to send a complaint about this site as soon as I have confirmation from Bluehost that the English version is removed.

Rabbit trail #2:

When I mouseover the link to one of the promoted sites that’s in the scrolling squares at the bottom of SalafiMedia’s home page, I see a link in my taskbar to alghurabaa.org.  This site hosts many video and audio recording of Sheiks and Imams including Anwar Al-Awlaki, the  Al Qaeda-linked cleric who’s hiding out in Yemen after inspiring multiple terrorism attacks here in the US.

I ran some checks and found that alghurabaa.org is hosted by Dreamhost on US servers.

Dreamhost has the standard Terms of Service agreements which include a paragraph about using their services only for a “Lawful Purpose.”

Because Anwar Al-Awlaki is a fugitive from U.S. justice and there are Executive Orders in place which prohibit any aid or support, material or otherwise, being given to him as a terrorist, it is illegal for DreamHost to be hosting and allowing dissemination of these videos.   Send your complaints to abuse@dreamhost.com.  Make sure to remind them how “illegal” violates their Terms of Service as that seems to be more important to them than that they are doing something illegal.

More rabbit trails to come later today.

American Terrorists

Was doing some research for Internet Antropologist and found this very informative article.

We (and that’s a collective “we” including many different people and many different websites) have been saying this for a LONG time.  The violent postings of terrorist wannabe’s on the internet need to be taken seriously.  That’s why we’re so adamant that YouTube, Facebook and other social networks abide by their posted TOS.  The less outlets the terrorists have to congregate in, the more likely than can be caught.

Jihad’s Ugly American Face

…On July 10, Chesser was barred from boarding a flight New York to Uganda. According to an affidavit filed in the case, he admitted his intention was to travel to Somalia to fight for al-Shabaab. Chesser also said he brought his infant son with him as a cover “to avoid detection of his intention to join Al-Shabaab in Somalia,” the affidavit said.

Brachman calls would-be terrorists who graduated from posting jihadist rhetoric on the Internet to attempting to carry it out “jihobbyists.”

It is a fallacy to believe that such people don’t constitute a security threat. “There are so many [jihadists] that have a big online footprint before they go violent,” Brachman told the IPT.

For example, Faisal Shahzad, who pled guilty in the May Times Square plot, reportedly blogged on jihadist websites dating back to 2006. Hasan corresponded with Awlaki and other radicals via the Internet prior to the Fort Hood killings. Colleen LaRose, AKA “Jihad Jane,” posted frequently in favor of jihad prior to her arrest on charges of providing material support to terrorism and plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist for depicting the prophet Muhammad.

The trend of American jihadists moving from advocacy to armed violence is likely to accelerate. For years, jihadists had accepted the concept that some of them would engage in violence while others could help with online advocacy, Brachman said. But he senses that this outlook is shifting dramatically. The turning point was a December 30 suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan which killed seven CIA officials and a Jordanian official. The bomber was Humam al-Balawi, a double agent and a prolific jihadist blogger.

“That was a definitive moment for how jihobbyists thought of themselves,” Brachman told the IPT. In the wake of Balawi’s suicide attack, “the new mindset we’ve seen is that it’s no longer acceptable just to support violent jihad online.”


Jihad using the Internet and social media is now regarded “as a staging ground and not an end in itself,” Brachman said.

Go read the entire thing – it’s a who’s who of American terrorists.  And how they got there.

al-Awlaki calls for execution of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day cartoonist

From the New York Daily News:

A charismatic terror leader linked to the botched Times Square car bomb has placed the Seattle cartoonist who launched “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” on an execution hitlist.

The Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki – the radical who’s also been cited as inspiring the Fort Hood, Tex., massacre and the plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers – singled out artist Molly Norris as a “prime target,” saying her “proper abode is Hellfire.

Well guess what?  The U.S. government has authorized the targeted killing of Awlaki.  Now would be nice.

Backstory here.

The YouTube Terrorism Threat

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.”

More here.

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.

Busted! GMU Muslim Student Union has ties to Zachary Chesser

In spite of their claims to the contrary, of course.  Yeah, we know.  It’s ok to lie to kaffir.  Not only that, but Mr. I-live-at-mommy’s-house-with-my-wife Chesser (I can’t believe they take this loser seriously!) also has ties to…drumroll please…the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia — and that place is churning out radicalized domestic terrorists like nobody’s business.

Anwar al-Awlaki was Imam at the mosque between January 2001 and April 2002.[16] Fluent in English, known for giving eloquent talks on Islam, and with a mandate to attract young non-Arabic speakers, al-Awlaki “was the magic bullet,” according to mosque spokesman Johari Abdul-Malik; “he had everything all in a box.”[5] “He had an allure. He was charming.”[17]

He has been accused since of being a senior al-Qaeda recruiter and motivator linked to various terrorists, including three 9/11 hijackers, the accused Fort Hood shooter, and the accused Christmas Day 2009 bomber.[18][19][20]

Go read all of Stable Hand‘s post at Jawas — screenshots and proofs abound.  These dudes are so busted.

CNN Posts story about RevolutionMuslim’s Threat

Right here.

The radical Islamic Web site Revolutionmuslim.com is going after the creators of the TV cartoon series “South Park” after an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise.

*snip*

Contacted by CNN, the author of the post, Abu Talhah al Amrikee  [aka Zachary Chesser], said that providing the addresses was not intended as a threat to the creators of South Park but to give people the opportunity to protest.

Over still photographs of Parker, Stone, van Gogh and others, the Web site runs audio of a sermon by the radical U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is now in hiding in Yemen. The sermon, recorded some time ago, talks about assassinating those who have “defamed” the Prophet Mohammed citing one religious authority as saying “Harming Allah and his messenger is a reason to encourage Muslims to kill whoever does that.” U.S. officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of al Qaeda leaders targeted for capture or assassination.

The clip ends with a warning on a graphic directed at Parker and Stone, saying “The Dust Will Never Settle Down.”

Al Amrikee said the purpose of including the al-Awlaki sermon in his posting was to remind Muslims that insulting the prophet is a severe offense for which the punishment in Islam is death. He said RevolutionMuslim may hold protests about the show.

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The comments at CNN are interesting…

A poster named Sheila says:

“The punishment in America for murder is, potentially, the death penalty. Go back to Saudi if this is your idea of “justice”. Honestly, how can someone “harm” Allah? If he even exists, I doubt this “harms” him in any way. To imply that it does implies that he is weak. YOU are implying he is weak. Should you not therefore, according to your own laws, be put to death? Muhammed has been dead for a while now. I don’t really think he cares what anyone says about him either. Get a life, people.”

Good point she has there!  And Nate says

“So let me get this straight, the Prohpet of Islam is actually a bear? That’s the only logical explanation this site can make to justify their reaction.

The FBI is investigating Tea Party activists for posting congressmen’s addresses online which resulted in violence against real people. Now this site is basically inviting violence against real people for supposedly insulting their imaginary best friend. Sounds like the FBI has another case to get to work on.”

Yep.  That about says it all.

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