On one side: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, and law enforcement agencies have so far not deemed the content of the site to be illegal, so it should stay. (one of the last statements on http://abushabaab.wordpress.com/ was to kill all white people in Somalia)
Visitors...Estimated number of visits for www.kataaib.net 5,037 visits per day
A group of self-described anti-terrorist vigilantes has put the heat on Vancouver-based Dotster Inc. for hosting an Arabic- and Somali- language Web site that frequently praises leaders in Somalia’s al-Qaida organization.
Dotster officials said they pass along all complaints to law enforcement agencies, but unless required by law, the company does not remove its customers’ content from the Internet. The site under fire, www.kataaib.net , is associated with the al-Shabaab movement in war- and genocide-torn Somalia, according to reports from the BBC and Reuters. In addition to praising Islamist militants, the site lists news about battles and bombings in Somalia. “Kataaib” is Arabic for “Brigades.”
Florida resident Bill Warner, who describes himself as an anti-terrorist vigilante, is among a collection of online activists who want to use public pressure on Dotster to get kataaib.net shut down. Dotster, a Web registration and hosting company, generates revenue by hosting Web sites. It has hosted www.kataaib.net since April 13, 2007, according to Internet records.
“The actual terrorists are out in the field blowing things up,” Warner said. “But 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.”
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, and for that reason Dotster attempts to be very careful about balancing the rights of its customers with other concerns. (even terrorists).
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“We don’t censor people based on what they say, as long as it’s legal,” Dotster said. “We may not agree with some activities our customers do, but we are not in a position to be judge and jury. If the authorities issue an order to take down a site, we follow that order.” “It’s not freedom of speech,” Warner said. “This site should not be hosted in Vancouver.” (these people in al-Shabaab work directly with al-Qaeda).