Major Nidal Malik Hasan Became A Self-Radicalized Terrorist With The Help Of The Internet And Jihad Websites Like http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/
Experts on terrorism say Major Hasan may be the latest example of an increasingly common type of terrorist, one who has been self-radicalized with the help of the Internet and who wreaks havoc without support from overseas networks and without having to cross a border to reach his target.
Bruce Hoffman, a Georgetown University professor who studies terrorism, said such cases had appeared at a growing rate in the last year, most of them involving people with no direct ties to foreign terrorists. The trend of self-radicalization, which leaders and allies of Al Qaeda have encouraged with a steady stream of inflammatory messages on the Web, is gaining momentum, he said. “You’ve had all shapes and sizes, which is a challenge for law enforcement,” Mr. Hoffman said, citing a shooting at a Little Rock military recruitment center, synagogues targeted for attack in the Bronx and foiled bombing schemes in Illinois and Texas, among others.
While investigators are combing intelligence files for any foreign contacts Major Hasan may have had, the only significant connection the authorities have confirmed so far are a dozen or so e-mail messages he sent to a radical cleric now in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. When Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan took his two handguns and headed for Fort Hood on Nov. 5, he left behind in his spartan apartment his new business cards. Now they are one more clue for investigators of the 13 killings he is charged with, hinting at the road not taken.
On the cards, ordered over the Internet after Major Hasan was transferred to the sprawling Texas base in July, the 39-year-old psychiatrist omitted the rank he had achieved in the Army he had served for most of his adult life. Instead, he included the cryptic abbreviation “SoA,” apparently “Servant of Allah” or “Soldier of Allah,” perhaps marking a symbolic shift of allegiance from his military profession to his increasingly consuming faith, more from this source..........
Terrorists are engaged in an online jihad, characterized by the use of the internet to fundraise, distribute messages and directives, recruit, and proselytize. Although it is impossible to eliminate the presence of terrorists on the internet. Using existing statutes, it is possible to regionalize terrorist websites, limiting them to a small number of countries from which they may receive internet services. Once the terrorist message is limited to a particular region, a modification of current laws can allow for a cyber embargo on jihadist websites and their supporters. These efforts, coupled with diplomatic cooperation, can further the attempt to curb the impact of jihadist websites, while simultaneously increasing the ability of governments to monitor these websites and, when necessary, shut them down, more from this source.....
THE "POWER OF THE PRESS" HAS BEEN AIDING PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER IN SHUTTING DOWN JIHAD TERROR WEBSITES HOSTED IN THE USA DURING 2008 & 2009
Begining with January 2008 private investigator Bill Warner has put on a full court press 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.
The full court Press attack on terror websites started in January 2008 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".
Significant Jihad websites shut down in 2009 are the Somalia Al-Shabaab terror website in Vancouver WA and the pro Al-Qaeda Website of Samir Khan in Charlotte NC.
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.
2). 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 - www.ek-ls.org - was one of six related al-Qaida sites previously hosted in Tampa, said Paul Henry an Internet security specialist.
Al-Qaida Web site was hosted in Phoenix exposed by Bill Warner private investigator.
Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic Newspaper Feb. 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, http://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."
3). 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.
4). 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.
5). 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.
6). 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.