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Friday, March 06, 2009

Internet Seen as a Growing Weapon in Muslim Radicalization it crosses national borders requires international response, PI Bill Warner does his part..

Internet seen a growing weapon in Asian radicalization (Reuters) Posted on Friday Mar 6, 2009 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Extremist groups in Southeast Asia are increasingly using the internet and social networking to radicalize the youth of the region, said a new security report released Friday.

Internet usage in Southeast Asia has exploded since 2000 and extremist groups have developed a sophisticated online presence, including professional media units. "For extremist groups in our region, the internet is an increasingly important tool for recruitment to violence," said the report by the Australian Strategic Policy Inst and S. Rajaratnam School of Inter Studies in Singapore.

"Importantly, they aren't attacking only the West, but are drawing on their narrative to attack the governance arrangements of regional states," said the report titled "Countering internet radicalization in Southeast Asia"
www.aspi.org.au/.
The number of radical and extremist websites in Bahasa and Malay rose from 15 in 2007 to 117 in 2008. Of those, sympathetic websites rose from 10 to 16 and sympathetic blogs and social networking rose from zero to 82.

Between 2006 and July 2007, radical regional websites have disseminated al-Qaeda and Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah propaganda videos, pictures and statements, it said. In Indonesia, which has battled extremist Muslim groups responsible for bombings, internet usage rose from 2 million in 2000 to 20 million in January 2008.

In 2008 the region's first sophisticated bomb-making manual and bomb-making video were posted on the Forum Al-Tawbah, which is registered in Shah Alam, Selangor and Malaysia, said the report.

Militant groups have also become internet media savvy. The Mujahidin Syura Council, an extremist group that claims to operate in southern Thailand, launched an official media wing in July 2008 as a blog on Google, said the report.

Another group, Hizb-ut Tahrir Indonesia, often produces high-quality videos of its activities and uploads them onto YouTube. Many of the videos focus on the failings of the Indonesian government and the need to implement sharia law and establish an Islamic caliphate, said the report.

"Extremist groups without access to mainstream media place great value on having online media units to boost their reputations and recruit people via the internet," it said. The report said that regional governments had done little to stop the rise of online radicalization, partly because attempts to regulate cyberspace have been a political minefield.

It said while websites inciting violence are subject to criminal laws in some countries, there are often no specific regulations covering the internet. "Some governments don't want to appear un-Islamic by coming down hard on Islamist groups, and some don't want to appear undemocratic by seeming to rein in freedom of expression in cyberspace," it said. "The problem of online radicalization crosses national borders and will require a concerted international response."
Al-Qaida Web site was hosted in Phoenix exposed by Bill Warner private investigator.
Robert AnglenThe Arizona Republic NewspaperFeb. 1, 2008 12:00 AM
A Web site used by al-Qaida to recruit car bombers, encourage war on the West and provide a forum for Islamic militants went online from Phoenix this week,
It moved from Tampa just a week ago to Arizona . The Web site, www.ek-ls.org , facilitates discussions on weapons, explosives and propaganda and often serves as a question-and-answer center for terrorists, a review of the Web site shows. The site, a well-known and popular forum for Islamic terrorists and their sympathizers, was the first to report the death of senior al-Qaida leader Abu Laith al-Libi in Pakistan this week. The north Phoenix company hosting the site took it down Wednesday, just hours after being contacted by The Arizona Republic. Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator who has worked with federal agencies on terrorist-related issues, has been tracking terrorist-related Web sites for months. "The Web sites are a big part of the support network of terrorism financially," he said. "They use the Web sites to request money from the U.S. and the U.K. They ask people to take money to Pakistan." Warner said he blames Web-hosting companies for failing to monitor content. Instead, he said, they wait until the site is brought to their attention to take action. "All you've got to do is look," Warner said, pointing to the Phoenix Web site
as an example. "You are one click away. First, there is a very benign front page, but all of a sudden, you see tanks being blown up and Osama bin Laden and martyrs. It doesn't matter that you can't read Arabic."

THE “POWER OF THE PRESS” HAS BEEN AIDING PI BILL WARNER IN SHUTTING DOWN JIHAD TERROR WEBSITES HOSTED IN THE USA DURING 2008, SOME NOT SO MUCH. Begining with January 2008, there has been a full court press put on shutting down Al-Qaeda and assorted Jihad websites that are/were hosted by Web Companies in the USA with the aid of Newspapers and TV Stations that have put America’s safety at the forefront (some Left Wing Media Newspapers #12 refuse to help).

The full court Press attack on terror websites started this year with the aid of the Media in Tampa Fl and Howard Altman the “Courts and Cops” Team Leader/Editor of The Tampa Tribune. See Michelle Malkin’s 2006 article on Howard Altman at the Tampa Tribune, “he has another informative follow-up on Cyberjihad”.

1). Local Firm Removes Jihadi Web Site By HOWARD ALTMAN The Tampa Tribune Published: January 28, 200..TAMPA - A Tampa Web-hosting company has taken down a Web site used by al-Qaida for communicating in secret and hiding files from investigators. The company, Noc4Hosts, took the action Monday after it was informed about the site by The Tampa Tribune. Noc4Hosts, at 400 N. Tampa St., is in an office building that also rents space to the Tampa district of the U.S. attorney’s office.
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Al-Qaida Web Site’s Phoenix Hosts Follow Actions Taken In Tampa, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune, Published: February 2, 2008..For the second time this week, a Web site described as key to al-Qaida communications has been taken down by a hosting company after a call from a reporter. On Wednesday, the site was removed by a company in Phoenix after a call from the Arizona Republic newspaper. On Monday, a Web hosting company in Tampa removed a related site after a call from The Tampa Tribune. The site hosted in Phoenix - http://www.ek-ls.org/ - was one of six related al-Qaida sites previously hosted in Tampa, said Paul Henry an Internet security specialist.
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Jihadist Web Site Taken Down, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa TribunePublished: February 19, 2008 TAMPA — One of al-Qaida supporters’ oldest and most stable Web sites apparently was taken down this morning. It contained a 21-minute audio clip calling for Palestinians to attack Jews and the United States, according to organizations that track jihadists online. The site was taken down after a call from the Tribune to the host company, which operates in Tampa. Steve Eschweiler, general manager of Noc4Hosts Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment. The site — http://www.alhesbah/ .net/v/ — is the “principal and largest jihadi forum of supporters of al-Qaida and global jihad, and the oldest existing forums,” said Reuven Paz, director of the Jerusalem-based Project for the Research of Islamist Movements.
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Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune, Published: February 22, 2008, Tampa continues to be the focus of an international game of Internet whack-a-mole between jihadists who put up Web sites and organizations and individuals who try to shut them down. For the third time in a month, Sarasota-based private investigator Bill Warner has tracked to a Tampa hosting company what investigators call a significant Web site used by jihadists for communications, recruitment and fundraising. The company is based in the same building as the U.S. attorney’s office.
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TAMPA (Bay News 9), Feb 26, 2008, Terrorist web sites are being hosted by U.S. companies There are radical Islamic web sites now being hosted by U.S. companies and possibly even in Tampa. Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner said last year he discovered what is known as one of the largest jihadist web sites currently online being hosted through a web company in Tampa.
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Cyber Vigilantes Track Extremist Web Sites, Intelligence Experts Balk at Effort Saturday, March 22, 2008, By Carmen Gentile FOX News; Cyber vigilantes typically troll the Internet, searching message boards, Web sites and media sharing sites for incendiary postings from people with ties to terror groups like Al Qaeda. Using Arabic translation software, they monitor postings and even assume fake identities to join online conversations. One of them is Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla.-based private investigator and a self-proclaimed cyber-crusader. Just last month alone, Warner was instrumental in helping shut down three Web sites hosted by a Tampa Internet service provider (ISP) that contained text, images and video related to attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Unwittingly hosting terror, Islamists use US Web firms for recruiting; Agencies mine sites for data. By Bryan Bender Globe Staff / March 27, 2008. For more than a year, a Burlington-based Internet company hosted a website that taught its members how to outfit a suicide bomber, aired Al Qaeda propaganda videos, and offered an “exclusive” Taliban video showing the beheadings of three “spies,” according to computer records. The English-language website, Leemedia.net, was taken down earlier this month - but not in a counterterrorism crackdown, government officials said. Instead, the Web server, Endurance International Corp. Inc., shut it down after Internet watchdogs made repeated demands to remove the terrorist material.
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MSM Notices We PWND Lee Media, March 27, 2008 JAWA REPORT, We’ve graduated from the New York Times characterization as ‘internet vigilantes’ to the Boston Globe’s ‘internet watchdogs’. While the latter is preferable to the former, it kinda lacks, I dunno, pizzaz. The article is pretty fair but does cite sources within the intel community who think there is no real connection between online jihadis and actual jihadis–a claim we’ve debunked here dozens of times. No connection? Let’s just look at the connection between Lee Media and actual terrorists: Thanks to Bill Warner who helped pass news of the Lee Media project on to the Globe.
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Terror on the Internet: A Complex Issue, and Getting Harder, Greg Goth, MARCH 2008, IEEE DS Online Exclusive Content. The fight against terror on the on the World Wide Web, chat rooms, and forums tends to take a maddeningly circular route. Politicians demand a crackdown on the terrorist presence on the Web, calling on ISPs to develop new technologies that will block access to terrorist sites or to detect their origin and shut them down. Just as quickly, the sites’ operators relaunch from another host. Courts have found numerous efforts to thwart terror to be an abridgment of users’ rights of free speech.
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U.S.-Based ISPs Count Known Terror Groups as Clients, By Brian Krebs, The Washington Post March 27, 2008 Herndon, Va.-based Network Solutions said Wednesday that it suspended Hizbollah.org, an official site of Hezbollah, a Lebanese political and paramilitary group. Turns out, Network Solutions, which was one of the original firms in the domain registration business, was accepting payment for the domain in violation of a U.S. law that bars American companies from doing business with organizations listed by Uncle Sam as terrorist groups.
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The Columbian Newspaper, Tuesday, May 06, 2008, DOTSTER UNDER FIRE FOR WEB CONTENT IN VANCOUVER WA ….A group of self-described anti-terrorist vigilantes has put the heat on Vancouver-based Dotster Inc (see Jawa Report) 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.
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In our view: Internet Censor (Bill Warner) Wednesday, May 7 1:00 a.m.COLUMBIAN EDITORIAL STAFF; 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 www.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 in a Tuesday Columbian story by Courtney Sherwood. “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver.”
13). Do Cybersleuths Fight Terrorism or Cause Trouble?, Jun 19th 2008, By Howard Altman. In late May, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn) called for Google to take down videos that include incendiary speeches by al-Qaida leadership. Working as a private investigator in Sarasota, Fla., Bill Warner spends part of his day chasing errant spouses and the rest of his time tracking down jihadis. Playing a game of Internet Whack-a-Mole, Warner has helped take down nine jihadi Web sites in the past six months, including one of the most important, Alhesbah, a principal forum for supporters of al-Qaida.
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FBI MOST WANTED TERRORIST RAMADAN SHALLAH HAS/HAD A WEBSITE HOSTED IN ASHBURN VIRGINIA JUST OUTSIDE WASHINGTON DC, TILL NOW. Tuesday, June 24, 2008. RAMADAN ABDULLAH SHALLAH’S TERROR WEBSITE http://www.falestiny.net/ was FIRST shut down on May 22ND 2008 in Dallas TX at Softlayer Tech by Sarasota Private Investigator Bill Warner but had resurfaced in Ashburn VA at Defender Technologies Group LLC… .
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Pro Al-Qaeda Web site Run by a Charlotte Man Posted: WBTV 3..July 21, 2008 11:23 PM EDT. WBTV is investigating a 22-year old running a pro-Al-Qaeda website out of his parent’s home in north Charlotte. “It’s not a game,” says WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham who is working these reports. Private investigator Bill Warner is in Florida studying Jihad-ist websites across the world. WBTV traveled to Sarasota to interview him because he says Charlotteans need to recognize someone in their backyard is helping the enemy.
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Mainstream US Islamic Websites — and Terror By PatrickPoole FrontPageMagazine.com Monday, September 29, 2008; More recently, the media has focused on the case of Charlotte, North Carolina resident, Samir Khan. Fox News recently reported that Khan’s website, inshallahshahid, features videos of terrorists bombing US military vehicles, provides links to the writings of Al-Qaeda chiefs Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, and praises “martyrdom bombers” who sacrifice their lives “for the sake of Islam”. Having just passed the seventh anniversary of 9/11, those who promote Islamic terrorism are moving their online recruiting and instruction operations to the US where they can operate free from any fear of legal repercussions.
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Al-Qaeda propaganda websites close fuelling speculation of cyber attack on ‘war of terror’ by American Cyber Vigilantes Who Track Extremist Web Sites Thursday, October 23, 2008…..Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard & Metro Media Group. Al-Qaeda propaganda websites close fuelling speculation of cyber attack on ‘war of terror’ by American Cyber Vigilantes Who Track Extremist Web Sites. Websites being used to distribute al-Qaeda propaganda have been disabled for more than a month after being attacked by hackers the day before the 9/11 anniversary.


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