The war on terrorism is increasingly calling on the skills of computer technicians, hackers and even Internet "cyber vigilantes" (Shutting Down Terrorist Websites) to fight the battle. As terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda turn to the Internet to broadcasts their messages, recruit members, and raise money, law enforcement officers are honing their own technical skills to trace offending websites and computer users. Even when a Web host company or user is found, the problems are just starting. Relatively few countries have effective laws on the books that recognize as crimes the words and images typically found on militants' websites. The technology is expanding exponentially year to year, and the legal framework has yet to catch up in many countries.
To fill the technical and legal void, a new breed of amateur terrorist hunter is emerging. These Internet "vigilantes" typically operate anonymously in small numbers -- often from their own homes. Such is my story as presented on Pajamas TV (Pajamas Media) yesterday, Wednesday March 1th 2009, "Shutting Down Terrorist Websites, PI Bill Warner on Pajamas TV." Cyber Vigilantes Stalk Terrorists on the Internet. The 12 minute video, Shutting Down Terrorist Websites, with Pajamas TV host Bill Whittle went into the what, where, who and the how of the techniques I have been using in closing Al-Qaeda and Jihad websites hosted in the USA with the aid of the media ("Power of the Press") that had openly recruited suicide bombers and seeking donations to fund terrorist operations.
Some of the main subjects discussed on Pajamas TV were, Saudi born Samir Khan's pro al-Qaeda website in Charlotte NC, Muslim convert Yousef al-Khattab's "Jewish hate site" run out of Queens NY and the Somali terror group Al-Shabbab's "shadid" recruiting website, www.kataaib.net that had run out of Vancouver WA for 21 months until it was shut down by a US government order on January 23rd 2009. Just yesterday a US Senate hearing in Washington DC heard "Minneapolis Somalis tell Senators of vanished youths" on how the group, Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaida offshoot, is suspected of being involved in the disappearance of as many as 20 young Somali-Americans who have vanished from their homes in the Twin Cities and turned up with the radical Islamist group in Somalia, recruited as suicide car bombers on the www.kataaib.net website that was hosted in Vancouver WA.
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 war on terror is a never ending battle and even more so on the internet, until more effective government pressure is applied in shutting down terrorist websites, I, Bill Warner, will continue to be called "Internet Censor Bill Warner " as per the Columbian Newspaper or "Cyber Vigilante Bill Warner Tracks Extremist Web Sites" as so named by Fox News, Cyber Vigilantes Stalk Terrorists on the Internet.