Just a note that my friend HirabistHunter from YouTube has finally consented to join me in posting on my blog. He now has access to post at will, and I wanted to introduce you to him. As his name implies, he is a Hirabist hunter extraordinaire and has put a lot of time into finding violent hirabists (including the likes of “Jihad Jane” Colleen LaRose) online. Welcome aboard sir! Looking forward to your posts!
Posts tagged ‘Colleen LaRose’
A Pennsylvania woman known as “Jihad Jane” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist, providing material support to terrorists, and other criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Colleen LaRose, at a federal hearing in Philadelphia, admitted her role in a plot with others to kill the cartoonist, who had depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a way that is offensive to Muslims.
LaRose, 47, who has been in U.S. custody for more than a year, could be sent to prison for life when she is sentenced March 3.
Justice Department prosecutors said LaRose, who is from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, used online pseudonyms such as “Jihad Jane,” “Fatima LaRose,” “ExtremeSister4Life” and “SisterOFTerror.”
They said she used multiple e-mail and YouTube accounts, other websites and various online usernames to publish violent jihadist literature and videos, to raise funds for militants and recruit others.
If the case had gone to trial, prosecutors said they would have proven that in 2008 and 2009 LaRose worked “obsessively on her computer to communicate with, recruit and incite other jihadists.”
Yes, she did. And the bloggers of YouTube Smackdown and the Jawa Report documented her every move. Colleen was so bold and American – she thought she was above the law and that no one would ever catch her anyway. Just like any other 2-bit criminal. And now we will treat her like one.
Sentencing is March 3. We’ll be watching.
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.
…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.
Or, I see Vinnie everywhere!! Oh nooooooo!
Oh by all means! Warn them!
LMAO! They are eating their own!
Like the pictures your buds at RevolutionMuslim hotlinked from the Jawa Report? Well tell those fun-loving terrorist buddies of yours to stop hotlinking and then their site won’t be filled up with such awful pictures! LOL
Awwww! Is poor little Umm Talhah wasting away whilst her momma’s boy is in jail?
Before we waste any sympathy on her, let’s remember that she allowed her husband to attempt to leave the country with their child, so that he could go join As-Shabaab in Somalia. What, exactly, was the idiot going to do with the child once he got to the terrorist training camp? Was he planning to just dump the kid in an orphanage somewhere, or worse, take him along on terrorist missions?
That question leaves you with a few possibilities… One is that this was not a well-thought-through plan –which I don’t believe, because Zachie has demonstrated an ability to reason (although his conclusions are wrong) in many of his posts on the internet. Or if it was well-planned, it’s even more chilling. It means that the mother and father of this innocent child were willing to sacrifice his safety and welfare in order to fulfill their terrorist desires. Talk about moral depravity – this takes the cake!
So no, we won’t be feeling sorry for wifey unless there’s some mitigating information that comes out — like maybe she turned her moron husband in for trying to take their kid to Somalia! But until some information like that is revealed, fuggedaboutit.
Oh nooooes! “These people” are running “amok!” The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Look Chicken Little, the person who started this targeting was YOU with your stupid “hitlist.” And what was posted about “Sister Fatima” was not propaganda – she’s a terrorist wannabe who got busted and you can flap your idiot gums all you want to about that, but you can’t change the facts. And trust us, we’ll keep our eye on you AND your pals and learn everything we can. That way we’ll be able to stop the next Colleen La Rose and Zachary Chesser. Stick that in your hooka pipe and smoke it.
As IF you think this stupid disclaimer would protect you and your pals from consequences for the things that you post? You really need to go back to law school and get some more education if you believe that one!
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.”
* – update – it seems that the technology already exists (TECS), but is not used to it’s potential apparently.
Well, yesterday, yet another YouTuber was arrested. This time is was Norman Leboon, Sr. for threatening to kill Eric Cantor, the Virginia Congressman.
From the Philadelpia Inquirer…
Norman Leboon, 38, of the 1600 block of Benner Street in Mayfair, was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia with two counts involving threats against U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican House whip.
Leboon was arrested Saturday by the FBI, three days after his YouTube video was seen by someone in San Francisco and reported to the FBI.
Well how about that? Someone posted threats on YouTube? Say it isn’t so! The funny (or not so funny) thing is that it’s just possible that the FBI ignored Leboon’s brother’s reporting on his brother because, well, threats are nothing new at YouTube. They are everywhere.
YouTuber AllahAkChew had a threat posted on her channel just today by user MujahidAK74U . Even the user names are threatening — take killkuffs for example. It doesn’t take a lot of cognitive ability to realize that “killkuffs” means kill kafir — kafir being the term that muslims use for non-believers. Then there are all the terrorist avatars that YouTube ignores. If you think I’m kidding, just go look through the avatars on IslamicRevolutionTV’s subscribers page. Here are a few samples:
And then there are the backgrounds that people put on their channels, which are a whole other story. The point is, YouTube turns a blind eye every day to the hatred and violence and threats and thereby hosts a culture of threats and violence.
And if a user is suspended, they just come back under a new user ID like Colleen LaRose did, while again, YouTube turns a blind eye. Their policies state that you are not allowed to make a new ID when you are suspended, but it’s up to the community to bring it to YouTube’s attention. I can understand that they have so much video uploaded every day, yada, yada, yada. Just because something is difficult to do, you are not absolved of your responsibilities. (“Yeah, Mr. IRS man, those tax forms are just too difficult…” Wonder how that’d work out…! )
How many true believer whackjobs like Colleen LaRose, Normal Leboon or Nidal Hassan is it going to take for YouTube to own their responsibility? Yeah — it’s rhetorical. The answer is, most likely never.
A friend has come up with another way to hold Google/YouTube’s feet to the fire though, and it is ingenious. Google and YouTube have advertisers. I doubt those advertisers would be happy to see their ads on pages that advocate things like killing U.S. Congressmen or wiping out the Jews. Maybe a hit in the pocketbook is the cattleprod we need to wake up Google/YouTube.
All hands on deck – let’s roll!
Related Jawas post – heh!
As we are reeling from the revelation of yet another attempted plot to assassinate Lars Vilks for his cartoon image of Mohammed as a dog, the media would have us believe that such “radical” and “extreme” violence is something new – something that has evolved in Islam over time. Conversely, according to IslamWatch, “Muhammad’s life is a testament of ceaseless raids and plundering expeditions of highway caravans and waging wars against the infidel” in which “he himself had orchestrated more than one hundred raids, plundering expeditions and wars.” In the days of Muhammed, groups of men required to meet together physically to plan and carry out their offensives. From those fledgling days of congregated warfare, to yesterday’s small groups who trained together in order to execute their missions, to today’s “lone wolf,” the terrorists have shown an amazing ability to adapt to changing technologies. The terrorist of the future will find the tools of the internet increasingly important for their “open source jihad.” If we do not meet the terrorists on this internet battlefield, it will be at our own expense.
Mohammed had to hold planning meetings with his advisors, recruit men to follow him, institute training camps, and then follow through with his raids. Because of the lack of technology, all of these things demanded real, physical proximity. Fast forward to 1983. An organization known as “Islamic Jihad” claims responsibility for the bombings of the Marine barracks in Beirut. Planning meetings for this were allegedly held in Damascus – a physical meeting place. In 1993, the first World Trade Center bombing was conducted by Ramzi Yousef and others. Ramzi had spent time in Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and received explosives training there. His uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who funded the mission, began his jihad training in his youth and was also trained by Al Qaeda after personally meeting Afghan mujahid Abdul Rasul Sayyaf. Khalid Sheik Mohammed went on to plan other terrorist attacks and eventually to mastermind the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of 2001. In 1998, the US Embassy bombings in Tanzania, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were pulled off by 21 people associated with Egyptian Islamic Jihad – including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. The operatives for this attack had trained together at Hezbollah training camps in Lebanon. While these groups were becoming increasingly efficient, there was still a need for centralized planning and human interaction in order to ensure success.
Today we are finding that the evolving state of terrorism is trending toward a “lone wolf” scenario. On November 5, 2009, Nidal Hassan acted alone when he opened fire at Ft. Hood and killed 13 people and wounded 30 more. It later turned out that Hasan had been in email contact with radical Islamic cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who is widely believed to be an al Qaeda recruiter. In December of 2009, five American youths from Virginia were arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, where they had tried to contact terrorist groups to volunteer for Jihad after having made email contact with Taliban organizations beforehand. On Christmas Day of 2009, Nigerian-born Farouk Abdulmutallab, who had been in contact with Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen, tried to bring down an airliner over Detroit, but succeeded only in giving himself some nasty burns on his upper thighs, thereby earning himself the derisive nickname “the underwear bomber.” Al Awlaki admitted when interviewed that he had “kept in contact” with Abdulmtallab. Most recently, the YouTube hirabist Colleen “Jihad Jane” LaRose, whose downward spiral was documented by members of Operation YouTube Smackdown, The Jawa Report, Quoth The Raven, Internet Anthropologist Think Tank and others, began an online relationship with terrorists, traveling to Europe to allegedly marry a foreign national in order to commit the murder of Lars Vilks of Sweden, hoping ultimately to become a martyr. She used internet chat rooms and emails to help organize the plan and recruit others into it. In each of these cases, the internet has played an vital role in bringing together easily manipulated individuals and terrorist mentors.
As we look to the future, the trend away from centralization and toward individuals acting, seemingly on their own, is likely to continue. Rather than converging en masse to strategize with one’s followers, a mentor now only requires a simple laptop and internet access or internet active cell phone whereby he may send instructions to would-be jihadis. The terrorist blog mujahidblog.com (link anonymized) calls this “open source jihad” and explains that it benefits violent jihad because, among other things, it can be accessed anywhere with no physical gathering space necessary, people who are not very well educated can be easily motivated to fight, and that because of the nature of the internet it provides “amplified propaganda capabilities.” Indeed, Anwar Al Alwiki, who had been in contact with both Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood shooter, and Farouk Abdulmutullab, the Christmas Day epic fail bomber, has produced a pamphlet outlining “44 Ways to Support Jihad,” (also found here and here on YouTube.) Along with the admonitions of fundraising for the Mujahideen and encouraging others to fight in Jihad, number 29 is an item which he lists as “WWW Jihad.” He calls these people the “internet mujahideen” and encourages them to establish discussion forums related to Jihad, to establish email lists, to post or email Jihad literature and news, and to set up websites related to Jihad. These admonitions play directly into the activity we have seen on the internet, and will continue to do so in the future.
From the time of Muhammed, Islamic jihad has featured violence against non-believers which demanded tangible presence to be executed. As terrorist movements become increasingly characterized by “lone wolf” scenarios and as radical Islamic clerics call for even greater use of technology to both join them together and also to spread propaganda, terrorist’s use of forums such as YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, LiveLeak and Facebook and any other internet technologies which evolve to encite and train their followers will become that much more important to their ability to conduct the business of terrorism.
These uses of technology and the internet must be taken seriously if we wish to impede the spread of terrorism. To disregard threats posed over the internet, which is emerging as a vital terrorist tool for battle, is to seal our own fate.