Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Internet is used as an operative and propaganda tool of Al-Qaeda and global jihad networks and needs policing and selective cyber strikes of jihad websites

An Israeli judge noted in a 2009 terrorism case, “It is worth mentioning that the Internet can play a significant role in fueling terrorism by delivering the dangerous messages of those terrorist organizations to worldwide target audiences.”

The Al-Hisbah (http://www.alhisbah.net) website  is one of the oldest, most important websites associated with Al-Qaeda and global jihad. It is not an online community open to all web surfers but rather a members-only Internet group. Those who want to join the website must undergo a screening process.

The website features technical information about the Internet (including information published by hackers working for Al-Qaeda), a wealth of information about radical Islamic literature and ideology, news, updates, as well as audio and video clips inciting to terrorism and violence. In addition, Al-Qaeda and global jihad use the website to recruit new members and handle terrorist squads (Note Jihad Jane).

Jihadist Web Site Taken Down, I was directly involved in taking down the Al-Hisbah (http://www.alhisbah.net/ ) website when it was hosted in Tampa Fl; 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 Tampa Tribune to the host company, which operates in Tampa. Steve Eschweiler, general manager of that company, Noc4Hosts Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment.

The site -- 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. "However, it is much more than just a forum and includes many other functions of very comprehensive and thorough indoctrination, guidance, recruitment for support, virtual military training and creation of global Islamic solidarity."

Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host. 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.

The site, http://www.alekhlaas.info/ , appears to show images of mujahedeen firing on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, among other images. The Web site was hosted by Noc4Hosts Inc. until it was taken down this month after a call from The Tampa Tribune.  Warner, who says he tracks jihadists online to disrupt their activities, says he noticed today that the site once again is being hosted by Noc4Hosts.

Previous incarnations of the Web site have contained programs to give jihadists more secure communications capabilities. This week, another site considered to be a key conduit for jihadists was taken down by Noc4Hosts after a call from the Tribune. That site, www.alhesbah.net/v/ , is considered the principal and largest jihadist forum of supporters of al-Qaida and global jihad and the oldest, said Reuven Paz, director of the Jerusalem-based Project for the Research of Islamist Movements.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in Internet usage among Al-Qaeda and the global jihad. Global Islamic jihad networks make extensive use of the Internet for indoctrination and for operative activities, including the recruitment and handling of terrorist operatives worldwide. Global jihad websites such as Al-Hisbah, Al-Ekhlas, and Al-Nusra have created a globe-spanning virtual community of global jihad operatives constantly in touch with each other.

The forums that appear on those websites are an important tool for the propaganda and terrorist activities of global jihad networks, including Al-Qaeda. Through the forums, the web surfer is exposed to information published by the networks for their operatives and supporters, which includes information clearly pertaining to operative issues, such as manufacturing explosives, establishing terrorist networks, maintaining the groups` security against intelligence infiltrations, transferring instructions, and so forth, more from this source............

The Al-Hisbah and Al-Ekhlas websites appear to be still shut down...The Internet is used as an operative and propaganda tool of Al-Qaeda and global jihad networks and needs policing and selective cyber strikes of jihad websites.  The Israeli's are well aware of the power of the internet in recruiting terrorists and they are in a constant running battle to shut down Jihad sites.  Some others such as Doug Hagmann of the "Northeast Intelligence Network" and his girl Kate Evans-Taylor disagree, they say let them keep on recruiting suicide car bombers and maybe we will obtain some little bit of intel info, LOL.

Mr. Doug Hagmann of the "Northeast Intelligence Network" is emphatic about helping and not hindering law counter-terrorism efforts. “As an organization and individually, we are absolutely against any activity that has the potential to interfere with the efforts by our intelligence services and law enforcement agencies. We are certainly not ‘cyber-crusaders’ or ‘cyber-vigilantes,’ and believe that those who consider themselves as such are doing more harm than good. Merely causing a [terrorist] web site to be shut down is of little overall consequence.  (SO SAY YOU).  Those who truly understand how these sites, forums and portals are set up would realize that their actions have little impact on the terrorists’ operation, but they do have the potential to significantly disrupt legitimate efforts to gather intelligence,” he stated.

According to Doug Hagmann, “being characterized as some type of cyber-vigilante is both inaccurate and insulting. Based on my experience (???), I agree.....Kate Evans-Taylor joined the Northeast Intelligence Network in February 2010 as a researcher, analyst and contributor. Ms. Taylor is a native of Yorkshire, England where she worked in data collection and analysis for the British government. She moved to the U.S. in 2004 and obtained citizenship status in 2009. She currently resides in Western New York with her husband and two boys.

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