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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER IN OUR VIEW INTERNET CENSOR BILL WARNER WANTS AL-SHABAAB WEBSITE SHUT DOWN

The Columbian Newspaper writes on an al-Qaeda website hosted in Vancouver WA, now they slam me ! The Columbian Newspaper runs an attack piece against me (Bill Warner) because I complained about their softball article on the severity of the Somalia website kataaib.net that is the mouthpiece for the al-Shabaab linked al-Qaeda group espousing Islamic terrorism propaganda daily. The Somalia website kataaib.net is currently running articles and videos of al-Shabaab terrorist bombings in the Mogadishu area and threatening to get revenge against the USA for the air strike that killed one of their leaders, Aden Hashi Ayro, see Washington Post article; "May 1 2008 -- A top insurgent leader in Somalia whom U.S. officials have accused of having ties to al-Qaeda was killed in a U.S. airstrike early Thursday, according to the Islamist group he led, al-Shabaab. The attack in the town of Dusa Marreb in central Somalia leveled a house belonging to the reclusive leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, who was inside at the time with at least one of his top commanders, according to his followers. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command confirmed that the United States had attacked "a known al-Qaeda operative and militia leader" in the vicinity of Dusa Marreb, about 300 miles northeast of Mogadishu, the Somali capital. The United States recently designated al-Shabaab a terrorist organization.
 

The Columbian Newspaper; In our view: Internet censor (Bill Warner), Wednesday, May 07, 2008. A Florida man’s heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator ( www.wbipi.com ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to kataaib.net . Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says kataaib.net supports an al-Qaida organization in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life. “There are groups like this one that associate with al-Qaida through Web sites that help promote the ideology, help find new recruits and help the effort to support terrorism,” Warner said. “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver".
Certainly the world has changed since 9/11, and we don’t fault any citizen for being alert to signs of possible terrorism. But the line separating suspicion (and the alerting of authorities) from vigilantism and paranoia gets blurry fast, as it did in World War II when the U.S. government rounded up 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast and put them in camps, for fear they would assist the Axis countries. Dotster, which employs about 100 here and has clients worldwide, already works closely with the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies, says its CEO, Clint Page. Dotster has more than 3 million domain names under its management, each with numerous Web pages. About once a week, Page told us, Dotster discovers one with questionable content, such as child pornography, anti-Semitism, credit card scams or possible terrorist sympathies. In other instances, authorities discover them first and come to Dotster. Closing a site before the FBI has finished probing it might actually impede an investigation.“We have a close relationship with all law enforcement,” said Page, who in the late 1980s was vice president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council in Vancouver. “We routinely go to authorities with complaints.”Two of the most common, Page said, are child porn Web pages originating in the former Soviet Union and illegal gambling pages out of China. Without subpoenas, Dotster is limited in what it may legally provide authorities, but, Page says, the company is as helpful as it may be under the law. With subpoenas, which it does get on occasion, Dotster provides even more information.“We cooperate as fully as we legally can as soon as we can,” he said. “A lot of times these Web sites are fleeting — shut down shortly after they are activated.” Another problem with Warner’s approach is the danger of it leading to abuses. If Web service is denied because of protests from concerned citizens, what would be next after kataaib.net ? Political-advocacy pages? The ACLU? The National Rifle Association? Minor political parties?“We can’t just arbitrarily go in and shut down sites based on what someone finds offensive,” Page said. Certainly a Web page that is intended to inspire terrorism should be probed and be a candidate for closure. But the FBI or other experts should make that decision, with a judge if that’s required by law........... It’s not Warner’s call.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 US Govt Orders Al-Shabaab Website Shut Down In Vancouver WA USA On The Same Day That 11 Americans Arrested in Somalia, Website Hosted by Dotster Co.

Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia have had a website spewing out their propaganda on a website hosted by Dotster Inc in Vancouver, Washington, USA since April of 2007. Al Shabaab is listed as a terrorist organization by US State Dept. Al Shabaab is an Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda that operates in southern Somalia and in Mogadishu. Recently Al-Shabaab made international headlines for a threat made against Barack Obama's inauguration, see my prior post, Tuesday, January 20, 2009, U.S. Probes Potential Obama Inauguration Threat From Al-Shabaab Terror Group Who Run a Website out of Vancouver WA. Al-Shabaab had been using the Vancouver WA website www.kataaib.net to recruit suicide bombers for Somalia from the United States, see arrests made in Somalia of 11 Americans on the same day the Al-Shabaab website was shut down, "Domain pending cancelation per government order, Jan 23rd 2009."

Bill Warner
private investigator
Sarasota Fl
www.wbipi.com

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