Posts tagged ‘terrorism’

A good YouTube for a change… Stuck Mojo

These guys ROCK!

Updated — check out THIS version of OPEN SEASON!  Whoa!

Hat Tip to RW — thanks!

Terrorist sympathizers are like gay activists…

Ok – that sounds really, well, mean. But here’s what I’m talking about. What is it about both groups that want to be in your face? I have personal beliefs about homosexuality that don’t really play into by beliefs about the way obnoxious gay activist types who just really want you to see what they’re all about behave. Case in point, the ones who walk around looking like this because somehow they think the rest of us need to see it:

Sorry, but my first thought is “attention whore!” And that’s the same response I had today, when I read the comments on a post at Jawas… The post is about a Marine wife blogger whose husband was just killed in Afghanistan (may he rest in peace.) The proper response should be “I am so sorry for your loss” or something to that effect. But in the comments, the attention whore known as Censored31 posted this:

Gay attention whore

Yep.  That’s an attention whore for you.  Thankfully another poster had a much more well-reasoned response than I did…

Right on jaya.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we should feel sorry for these guys — the ones who really will spend eternity in hell fire.  On the other hand, I sort of agree with the Marines….

Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out!  Ooorah!

Oorah!

YouTube: Still hosting videos for terrorists

I thought I’d post another “connect the dots” piece — YouTube IS the #1 hosting service for terrorist and terrorist sympathizing websites.  A quick perusal of various sites shows that most videos that are embedded on their sites are hosted at YouTube, with a smattering of LiveLeak and a few others.

Here’s an example of a YouTube video being embedded at several terrorist sites.   I started here:

I’ll save you from having to watch the whole thing — it’s loaded with
emotionally charged images, interspersed with a script that goes thru 20th century history (not sure of the veracity of all of the claims – a better historian than I might note bias – and then basically says that the khalifah and shariah will cure all the ills of society (including, of course, pedophilia – yeah, I am rolling my eyes as I type.)  It then encourages muslims to bring about this Islamic state so that it can be implemented throughout the whole world.  Here’s a definition for you of Khalifah:

the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth; “many radical Muslims believe a Khalifah will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world”

So even though this video, on it’s face, does not seem particularly violent or shocking, it is calling for Muslims to attempt to bring about this forced Islamic rule.  It uses the images and history “lesson” to stir up the emotions of the easily led – think Nidal Hassan or Colleen LaRose – and motivate them to action.  Propaganda for sure!  So where is this video being  used?  Well let’s just check that out…

Here it is at

Islamic Awakening
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At ismaweb.net – a Malay Islamic forum:

Ahh!  And our old “friend”

RevolutionMuslim

This is surrounded by articles that show sympathy for Colleen LaRose (JihadJane), exultation over the death of Mohammad Al-Muhajiri as being a “success” as a martyr and others.

And here we have the video at the “we share a dream” blog…

I don’t  have a translator for that language, but in case you’re not sure
what the blog supports, they have this a little farther down the page for
clarity:

So how long is YouTube going to continue as a tool for the terrorists?
That’s a question that remains to be seen.   The problem is that
videos like the one featured here appear, at first glance, to be simply a
history lesson.  You have to pay attention to realize that that “history
lesson” is being used to incite violent jihad.  The key is the context.
And the context doesn’t lie at YouTube, it lies in the environment where the video is embedded.  It takes work to look this up, but anyone can do it.  I would urge any of you out there to see what you can discover – I think you’d be surprised how easy it is to find.  And then send your detailed complaints to YouTube via their flagging tool on each video you find linked in terrorist forums.  It’s a target-rich environment, and we can use all the  help we can get!

The Internet as a Terrorist’s Tool: An Emerging Battlefield

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.

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Contributions to this article were made by Andrea, Jer and bartender.

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

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

YouTube: Gateway drug to violent jihad

I read a post over at Quoth the Raven this morning from Celebrimbor that got me thinking.  In it, he mentioned a Wall Street Journal piece by Daniel Henninger titled “Hasan, Not KSM, Is Our Real Problem.”  The quote that caught my eye when pointed out by Celebrimbor was this one:

For now this is the way it is: Future Hasans can get jacked up all day on kill-the-Americans Web sites, and we have to wait until they put in motion a conspiracy like Fort Dix or the Colorado jihadists. Or until they start shooting.

Over the past few posts I’ve been trying to show you how YouTube is aiding and abetting this process.  For the homegrown terrorists to get their fix, the material has to exist.  YouTube is a U.S. based company who’s free services are regularly used by terrorists to share videos and to make sure the English speaking world has access to their propaganda.  And it’s easy to get.  Just pop over to youtube.com and search “Hamas,” “Hezbollah,” “Al Qaida,” Al Qaeda” or any number of keywords and you’ll find literally pages upon pages of videos.  Here’s an example of how easy it would be to get “jacked up” on this stuff.  Let’s start at YouTube

Just another nice little terrorist video…and you’d think the tags that islamiqueresistance put in would be enough to automatically disqualify the video wouldn’t you?    A quick check of the Statistics under the video has it linked to a terrorist website, almotaqa.ps.  And look where the video appears to be popular — the US, and Canada, as well as other places.  This would tend to support the theory that the homegrown terrorists are getting “jacked up” on the terrorist material.

One of the commenters after the video (MUJAHIDEENP1STOL3RO) had this to say:

Isn’t that sweet?  MUJAHIDEENP1STOL3RO’s channel is loaded with Taliban/Mujahideen propaganda.  Don’t read his channel description unless you have a high tolerance for filthy language.  So you may be wondering what’s in this video anyway.  It’s a Nasheed — an Arabic song .  This one sings the praises of Hamas, as evidenced by the images.  There are scenes depicting an artist drawing pictures of some martyrs and little children learning about them and then carrying the pictures in a funeral procession mixed in with scenes of terrorists doing guerrilla-style military training and whatnot.

So I decided to check out the website where the video was linked and sure enough, there were youtube videos linked.

There was also another service that the terrorists were using to show their videos…

While the video was transferring so that I could watch it (oh joy!) I quickly copied the ip address:

and ran a domain name check.

Highwinds Network Goup — in Phoenix.  As a courtesy I sent them an email with a link to the terrorist website to inform them that their services were being used by terrorists to share propaganda.

So back to the terrorist site.  A couple of interesting posts — one poster named arabguy0 had posted several videos embedded from Highwinds.

At the end of them he had this to say….

“This was on youtube before those jews took it off” — why do this idiots always think it’s only the Jews who oppose them?
So anyway, I decided I would skip to the end of the 49 page thread and see what was new… Guess what I found?

On this last one, an enterprising poster wants to help get the English correct, because “it is important that you have good command of the English Language so that the english-speaking people of the world get your message.”

So I decided to head back to YouTube to see how hard it would be to find those videos that were embedded at the terrorist site.  Not difficult at all.  I just plugged the name into YouTube’s search box and wham!   Here are 3 examples:





There are so many questions about this.  If I can find this, why can’t YouTube?  When YouTube is notified, why do they leave the videos up?  Can they not use some sort of website blocker that has a list of website where they don’t permit their videos to be embedded?  Or how about those tags?  When a user tags their video with “Hamas,” “Al Qaida,” “alaqsa,” or “Mujahideen” as the one at the top of this post did, couldn’t that be a red flag to prevent uploading?   How many more homegrown terrorists will it take before YouTube takes action?  As Celebrimbor said,  “
Is YouTube responsible for Ft. Hood? No, but YouTube is a major source of kill-the-Americans propaganda and is the gateway drug to more violent jihad websites.”

Related topics:  FreeRepublic’s You Tube Smackdown on STRIKE!

Major Hasan Dined with ‘Jihad Hobbyist’ (Terrorists hook up on the internet)

YouTube: A terrorist’s dissemination and recruiting tool

YouTube: A terrorist’s friend

YouTube’s Complicity in Terrorism

Google:  helping make terrorist dreams come true

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