The arrest of the so-called “jihadist James Bond” is putting the spotlight on how terrorists are using the Internet. Like other criminals, terrorists are taking advantage of zombie techniques, but they’re also simply putting the amazing capabilities of Google and Web 2.0 startups to nefarious use, TechNewsWorld reports.
Many experts quoted in the story reason that terrorists must be using the Internet. “We know criminals are exploiting technology to further their criminal activities, and there’s no reason to believe terrorists aren’t taking advantage of those same technologies,” FBI spokesperson Paul Bresson said. But there’s precious little real information on how they’re using it.
“The story of the presence of terrorist groups in cyberspace has barely begun to be told,” Gabriel Weimann, senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and professor of communication at Haifa University in Israel, concludes in a 2004 report on the subject.
“When policymakers, journalists and academics have discussed the combination of terrorism and the Internet, they have focused on the overrated threat posed by cyber-terrorism or cyber-warfare and largely ignored the numerous uses that terrorists make of the Internet every day,” he explains.
Defense Dept. researchers estimate there are 5,000 radical websites. “Most are chat rooms, and some are used for command and control using some sort of coded language,” said Frank Preston, a researcher with the University of Wisconsin.
The United States Institute of Peace, an organization created by Congress in 1984, categorized terrorists’ uses of the Internet into eight categories: psychological warfare; generating publicity and disseminating propaganda; data mining; fund-raising; recruitment and mobilization; networking; sharing information; and planning and coordination.
“The United States and many of its core allies have traditionally thought of intelligence gathering — or the ability to collect information on an adversary, analyze it and share it — as the providence of developed nations,” Gartner’s Herbert Strauss explained. “But the Internet provides the ability to do all of those things, and it’s available for bad guys as well as good.”
Among the Internet goodies terrorists may be putting to use:
- Google Earth, which provides must of the detail needed to plan an attack.
- Online video games like “Quest for Bush,” in which players fight Americans and proceed to different levels including “Jihad Growing Up” and “Americans’ Hell.”
- YouTube, which unwittingly hosts radical manuals and speeches. “Just look under the term ‘Halaqa’ for a sampling,” says UW’s Preston.
- Music videos, such as “Dirty Kuffar” (nonbelievers), with rap music and images of Muslims being killed by Americans.
- Online education, which takes the form of virtual training camps. According to the Department of Homeland Security, these “(reach) a much wider audience and (limit) the intelligence communities’ abilities to track individuals transiting into these camps.”
Terrorists borrow the bad stuff, too.
“Organizations with sloppy server monitors are often ‘zombied’” — or taken over remotely — “for jihadist purposes,” Preston said. “E-jihadists,” as he calls them, then use these zombie servers to host their training manual.
Of all the nefarious purposes terrorists use the Internet for, data mining and identity theft by those seeking entry into other countries are perhaps the most insidious of all.
“One Internet user’s sloppy handling of personal data could become a passport for a jihadist,” Preston explained.
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In a previous post here, Spree gave us an excellent run down on the recent London failed terrorist attacks and the “missing nuke” stuff in Canada.
Today in the NY Post: OSAMA BLESSED BRIT PLOT
July 7, 2007 — The three car-bomb attempts in Britain were carried out with the approval of Osama bin Laden, it was reported yesterday.
“It was an established fact from Day 1 that al Qaeda was behind this and it was planned by its followers in Great Britain with bin Laden’s blessing,” a senior foreign intelligence source told The Times of London.
Bilal Abdullah was formally charged with conspiracy yesterday, making him the first suspected plotter to be charged, British officials said. He was to appear in court today.
Abdullah, an Iraqi-trained doctor, was the passenger in the flaming SUV that rammed into Glasgow’s international airport terminal last Saturday.
Abdullah, 27, is one of eight foreigners working for Britain’s National Health Service hospitals who are suspected of being members of an al Qaeda sleeper cell responsible for the attacks at the airport and a day before in central London.
“Other individuals arrested by the police in connection with the bomb attacks remain in custody pending a charging decision,” said prosecutor Susan Hemming.
“I have now made the decision that there is sufficient evidence and authorized the charging of Bilal Abdullah with conspiracy to cause explosions following incidents in London and Glasgow” on June 29 and 30, she said.
Details have emerged to show that Abdullah seems to be the key link between the suspects.
He had links to radical Islamic groups on the database of MI5, Britain’s intelligence service, security officials said.
“This is an international investigation now,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said after speaking with Australian PM John Howard. Australian officials are holding one of the suspects and probing at least five other doctors working in Australian hospitals.
Abdullah used to berate others at the University of Cambridge for not being devout enough Muslims. He teamed up there with Mohammed Asha, a brilliant neurosurgeon who was arrested last Saturday.
Asha and another suspected member of the cell made inquiries in the last year about working in the United States, the FBI said yesterday.
The two men contacted the Philadelphia-based Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates but apparently did not take the test for foreign medical-school graduates, FBI spokeswoman Nancy O’Dowd said. With Post Wire Services
From Right Truth:
It’s “logical to watch anything that happens in the UK as a potential precursor to future threats against U.S.,” says Thomas P.M. Barnett and I agree with him completely. We need to always be on watch, ever evaluating our procedures, watching what the terrorists are saying in ‘chatter’, on websites, and in videos.
Canon Andrew White, a senior Anglican priest who works in Baghdad, was talking to an al-Qaeda leader, and he was told “Those who cure you are going to kill you.”
… he met the man privately with a translator and sheik after holding talks with Sunni Muslim tribal and religious leaders April 18 in the Jordanian capital, Amman. He meets regularly with extremists in an attempt to calm Iraq’s sectarian violence.He said religious leaders told him the man was an al-Qaida leader who traveled from Syria to the meeting. The man, an educated Iraqi in his 40s and dressed in Western clothes, warned of attacks on Britain and the United States, White said.
“It was like meeting the devil,”(source)
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there will be increased scrutiny of foreigners recruited for their skills, including doctors coming to work for the National Health Service.
Before September 11, 2001, the ‘chatter’ mentioned boxcutters. Today the chatter is talking about ‘hand grenades’ going off in places like New York. I think suicide bombers, or IED’s, grenades, are probably more likely than terrorist doctors in the United States.
And the Leftinistra say what, again?
Is it CLEAR yet to the naysayers and the politically correct dingledorfs and the multiculturalist whiners?
From the Blotter:
Go to Sprees for the analysis:
Has anyone seen recent reports of that old rock group the monkeys? As I was reading Spree’s take, and watching the news at the same time, all I could think of was:
Just plug in “Jihadis” or “suicide bombers” whenever you see the word “monkees”.
Just plug in the word “murdering” whenever you see the word “singing”.
Here we come, walkin’ Down the street. We get the funniest looks from Ev’ry one we meet. Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down.
We go wherever we want to, do what we like to do We don't have time to get restless, There's always something new. Hey, hey, we're the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing To put anybody down. We're just tryin' to be friendly, Come and watch us sing and play, We're the young gneration, And we've got something to say. Any time, Or anywhere, Just look over your shoulder Guess who'll be standing there Hey, hey, we're the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing To put anybody down. (break) Hey, hey, we're the Monkees And people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing To put anybody down. We're just tryin' to be friendly, Come and watch us sing and play, We're the young gneration, And we've got something to say. Hey, hey, we're the Monkees Hey, hey, we're the Monkees [repeat and fade] extra verse: Hey, hey, we're the Monkees, You never know where we'll be found. so you'd better get ready, We may be comin' to your town.
NO PUNS INTENDED
UPDATE!! Remember this?
Teams of al Qaeda-trained suicide bombers were dispatched to the United States and Europe from an Afghan camp 10 days ago, ABC News reported last night.
About 300 would-be bombers – including boys as young as 12 – were ordered to carry out attacks in Britain, Canada, Germany and the United States, the report said.
A Pakistani journalist invited to attend the camp took pictures of a Taliban commander congratulating graduates on June 9, ABC News said.
“These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places. Why shouldn’t we go after them?” the commander, Mansoor Dadullah – whose brother was killed by U.S. forces last month – can be heard saying on tape.
U.S. intelligence officials dismissed the graduation ceremony as “aggressive and sophisticated propaganda.” But Richard Clarke, a former counterterror expert in the Clinton and Bush White Houses, said the threat should be taken seriously.
“It doesn’t take too many who are willing . . . and able to slip through . . . to the United States or England [to] cause a lot of damage,” he said.
More than 100 people have been killed in three days of clashes between NATO and the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.
July 7, 2007 — Al Qaeda is using Iran as a money and communications hub – and that nation’s government is turning a blind eye, it was reported yesterday.
“They are benefiting from the mayhem al Qeada is carrying out,” a senior U.S. official told London’s Financial Times.
Operatives are moving around the country, and serve as a bridge between Pakistan and its fighters in Iraq and North Africa, the newspaper reported.
The country is not supplying al Qaeda with weapons, but the government does not want to distract the group from its objectives in Iraq.
“Our relationship with al Qaeda, at an intelligence level, can be said to be successful as long as they are at a distance,” an Iranian official told Financial Times.
The relationship was said to be born from the Shia Iran’s fear of the terror network’s Sunni extremists.
Updates will be posted as more data flows. (Was there EVER any doubt as to Iran’s involvement, other than from the idiot moonbats?)
UHOH!! The Jihadi Troll Bloggers Ain’t Gonna Like This ONE Bit!! Too Damn Bad.
Audio: Fred! rrrrips CAIR
posted at 10:55 pm on June 20, 2007 by Bryan
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Doug Ibrahim Hooper is not going to like this. Not one bit.
For years, CAIR has claimed to represent millions of American Muslims. In fact, they claim to represent more Muslim in American than … there are in America. This has alarmed Americans in general as the group often seems to be more aligned with our enemies than us — which isn’t surprising as it spun off from a group funded by Hamas. As you know, Hamas has been waging a terrorist war against Israel and calls for its total destruction. It also promises to see America destroyed. Nowadays, Hamas is busy murdering its Palestinian political rivals.
Even with this history, and CAIR’s conspicuous failure to condemn Hamas by name, it has been treated as if represents Muslim Americans by our own government. The good news is that the financial support CAIR claims to have among American Muslims is a myth. We know this because The Washington Times got hold of the group’s IRS tax records.
CAIR’s dues-paying membership has shrunk 90 percent since 9/11 — from 29,000 in 2000 to only 1,700 last year. CAIR’s annual income from dues plunged from $733,000 to $59,000. Clearly, America’s Muslims are not supporting this group — and I’m happy to hear about it.
Once you’ve read it, click over to hear Fred! read it. Something about that drawl beating up on CAIR just works.
As for the IRS records that he’s referring to, the WashTimes report on them came out last week. Here’s our post on it. CAIR disputes the report, but still hasn’t adequately explained why we shouldn’t believe its own tax records. Probably because it can’t.
Drastic times call for drastic measures. Some more drastic than others, I suppose, but none would solve the Middle East’s problems better than a healthy dose of neutron bombs flung out across the land. The merit of this plan is that it keeps those precious oilfields intact while ridding the world of those pesky, AK-47 toting radicals who want to subterfuge our way of life. Our high-intensity fission carpet-bombing would further solve the IED problem; there wouldn’t be any hostiles left to initiate the explosives. Yes, in a matter of hours, we could ‘silence’ all troubles of the region ranging from Somalia to Syria and from Sudan to Pakistan. True, the rest of the Islamic world will bitch like hell, but not openly while our trigger finger still has the itch. I suspect that they will have far too many funerals to attend to anyway than to spend what precious time they have left worrying about whether we’re siphoning their precious oil or not. After all, the petroleum reserves don’t seem to be doing them a whole damn bit of good at the present.
And that was just the opening statement.
I and others, being on top of issues and what-not, blogging away, making a difference in The New media, have brought this to your attention upon many occasions. Jihadists are posing as “disgruntled Americans” and making lame and unsubstantiated claims. Most can be identified by their extreme BDS and Hate America rhetoric. You can find the previous posts here and here. Also, they may be found here and here.
Exposing them further has been accomplished by this video:
The breaking story…sort of…is here…
Islamic terrorists are engaged in a “media jihad” in which they encourage jihadists to pose online as Americans to foster anti-war sentiment in the U.S.According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, a posting on the Al-Mohajroon Islamist website with the username Al-Wathig Billah provides instructions on how to infiltrate popular American Internet forums and use them to distribute jihad films and spread anti-war sentiments.
UPDATE: Additional data may be found here; some of the data is a repeat of previously supplied data from MANY sites other than mine and Spree’s. The emphasis here is the Jihadis are VERY active in our blogs and forums. I participate at Jihad Chat and the Jihadis are there as well. A Spree states so very well;
NEVER LET STUPIDITY GO UNANSWERED ON YOUR SITE.
It is not a game, and by responding firmly to the stupidity in the comment sections of your blogs, (trolls if you will) you are assuring that some new reader that doesn’t know of the terrorists tactics are not sucked into their lies.
We do have a role in this war and while our soldiers are fighting abroad for us, we must do what we can, however limited our power is, and we must fight the media war here at home.
Please read my bio…the battle begins at home. WAKE UP!