Saturday, January 30, 2010

Should the U.S. Destroy Jihadist Websites, PI Bill Warner is firmly in the “shut-them-down” camp, it is time to view al-Qaeda's cyberspace as a battlefield as they own the internet.

The Internet has played a key role in radicalizing a number of key players in alleged terror plots last year. From Fort Hood accused shooter Nidal Hasan to the five young Americans detained in Pakistan this month allegedly en route to fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan, authorities claim the suspects needed no face-to-face contact with jihadist recruiters. Instead, the Internet is serving as an electronic funnel for extremists to infuse U.S.-based Muslims with a justification for jihad.

But wait a minute. The U.S. military invented the Internet 40 years ago. Why can't it simply hunt down and destroy the web sites that inspire murderous fanatics? While the Saudi government estimates there are 17,000 such websites, most experts say that only around a half-dozen of these generate original material. "

Most jihad cyber domains initiate very little, if any, original discussion, primarily reposting material from popular jihad forums," said a report earlier this month from MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, an organization that monitors and translates much jihadist material. "Hence, disabling the few prominent domains could seriously cripple Islamists' ability to conduct mass online discussions, and could also hamper the rapid spread of jihad material in cyberspace."

Last month the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing into the topic just as John Arquilla of the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California was arguing in a post on Foreign Affairs magazine's website that the time had come to view al-Qaeda's cyberspace as a battlefield. "Instead of thinking of cyberspace principally as a place to gather intelligence, we need to elevate it to the status of 'battlespace,'" he argued. "This means that we either want to exploit terrorists' use of the Web and Net unbeknownst to them, or we want to drive them from it." Arquilla tells TIME that al-Qaeda doesn't "put people on planes anymore because they know we're good at spotting them, and if we take away cyberspace we would achieve a crippling effect on the global terror network."

CBC RADIO ONE…..”The Current” with host Anna Maria Tremonti, TORONTO ONT.  JAN. 26th. 2010, 8:05 AM……Jihadi Websites, close them down now says PI Bill Warner……click here for radio program.
Anna Maria Tremonti ….We aired some music from an on-line video made by Al-Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group in Somalia. The video shows heavily armed fighters and people who have had their throats slit. Last year, the U.S. Government added Al-Shabaab to the list of groups it considers to be terrorist organizations. But despite that, Al-Shabaab still operates its website relatively unhindered.

People who monitor the websites of violent extremist groups are split about what to do about that. Some say sites such as Al-Shabaab’s should be shut-down. Others say that would throw away one of the only tools that international intelligence agencies have for monitoring the groups behind the websites.

Bill Warner is firmly in the “shut-them-down” camp. He’s a private investigator in Sarasota, Florida. And among other things, he spends his days trying to shut-down websites belonging to radical Islamic groups. OR……Jihadi Websites, reason with them and try to convince them of the error of their ways, (what a load).
Jihadi Websites: Should they be shut down to pervent terrorist messages or used as surveillance?  Sarasota Private Investigator Bill Warner was on CBC Radio “The Current“, January 26th 2010, Tuesday 8:00 am EST, discussing the ever expanding “War On Terror” via Jihad Websites Hosted in the North America. “The Current” is broadcast out of Toronto, Ontario home to the suburb of Mississauga, “Terror Central in Canada“.

Private Investigator Bill Warner Quoted in Canadian Press Article on U.S. Terrorist Najibullah Zazi Trips to Mississauga Ont. Terror Central in Canada. Ottawa keeps mum on U.S. terror suspect’s reported Canadian connection. By Sunny Freeman, THE CANADIAN PRESS. Mississauga Home to Al-Qaeda in Canada, American Terrorists Such As Omar Hammami, Syed Haris Ahmed & Najibullah Zazi Continue To Meet Angry Individuals in “Terror Central.”
On Tuesday’s CBC Radio “The Current show private investigator Bill Warner exposed how al-Qaeda is winning the war of words on the internet, recruiting, solicitating and instructing would be suicide bombers on the who, what, where and how to join. Bill Warner has shut down numerous Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda linked websites, such as “Al-Qaida Web site was hosted in Phoenix” 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.

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.”
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.