Posts tagged ‘highwinds’
Content is still up…. Just in case you’re wondering. I’m beginning to consider the “hypocrites” tag for the Highwinds posts. I’ll keep checking.
Of note: the videos are still available on the terrorist website at last check this morning. Giving the benefit of the doubt — it is the holidays after all and things just generally move more slowly. Just keeping an eye on it at this point….
Got this today —
Thank you for your reply. We will remove this content.
Apparently their investigation revealed what we knew — they were being used by terrorists.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
The ball’s in their court. I’ll keep you posted.