Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sen. Joe Lieberman I-Conn., Rep. Myrick NC and Cyber Vigilantes Attack Extremist Web Sites on the Internet.

USA Today...'Jihad Jane' shows terrorism-case trend;  From out of no where an American Jihadist is born. Federal authorities say LaRose who had previously converted to Islam and became a militant Jihadist.  For nearly a year, a middle-aged woman from suburban Philadelphia used her computer to fashion a new, frightening identity, federal court documents say.

The stream of Internet messages in which she sought assistance to wage violent jihad in Asia and Europe literally transformed her, the documents allege, from 46-year-old Colleen LaRose to "Jihad Jane."  By March 2009, federal prosecutors say she was communicating with at least three unidentified co-conspirators, including one who directed LaRose to "go to Sweden… and kill" a Swedish citizen, identified by two federal law enforcement officials as cartoonist Lars Vilks. 

Radical, English-language Islamist websites that promote a violent jihad, or holy war, against the West have become more effective at recruiting Americans and providing a place for armchair terrorists to meet and plan attacks in the U.S. or abroadIn Somalia the al-Shabaab run the Alqimmah-Golaha Ansaarta Mujaahidiinta website at
In January 2007, Rep. Myrick founded the bipartisan Anti-Terrorism Caucus. She along with Representatives Bud Cramer (D-AL), Kay Granger (R-TX), and Jane Harman (D-CA) are the 4 Caucus co-chairs. Members of this Caucus attend meetings where experts give presentations regarding terrorism and jihadist ideology propaganda on the internet.

The U.S. has stepped up its cyber terrorism divisions since 9-11, but we are still far behind the terrorists when it comes to the Internet. They seem to always be one step ahead of our intelligence agencies and we can rarely locate and break up their communications.

Terrorists on the Internet also use American privacy laws against the FBI and CIA. A terrorist in Pakistan can set up a Web site on a U.S. server and would be considered a U.S. entity under our privacy laws. This prevents our intelligence services from monitoring activities on these types of radical Islamist Web sites.
Terrorists also use our Web sites against us. They can hack a Web site and post up information to their group's members just long enough to get their message out, and then will take it down before intelligence officers catch on.
We must not allow the Internet to be a safe haven for terrorists. In order to shut down jihadists on the Internet, our laws need to be brought into the 21st century. We must amend our laws so our intelligence services can monitor foreign users hosting their Web sites on U.S. servers if there is just cause.
In a letter to Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said, "A great majority of these videos document horrific attacks on American soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan."  Other videos, Lieberman said, "provide weapons training, speeches by al-Qaeda leadership, and general material intended to radicalize potential recruits."

Lieberman asks Google to apply its own community guidelines, which forbid graphic or gratuitous violence, and videos that show, "someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated."  In response to the letter, 80 videos were removed from YouTube by Google. But while Lieberman considers this a good start, he says it is not enough.
In a statement, Lieberman said, "Google continues to allow the posting of videos by organizations the State Department has designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

No matter what their content, videos produced by terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, that are committed to attacking America and killing Americans, should not be tolerated. Google must reconsider its policy."
Sen Joe Liberman in the New York Times and private investigator Bill Warner in the Columbian were both labeled as INTERNET CENSORS by main street newspapers (MSN).  The Columbian Newspaper; In our view: Internet censor (Bill Warner), Wednesday, May 07, 2008.

For taking this step to safeguard the USA, Sen Joe Lieberman was criticized in a New Tork times article, "Joe Lieberman, Would-Be Censor," "The Internet is simply a means of communication, like the telephone, but that has not prevented attempts to demonize it — the latest being the ludicrous claim that the Internet promotes terrorism". LOL.  Mr. Lieberman recently demanded that YouTube take down hundreds of videos produced by Islamist terrorist organizations or their supporters. YouTube reviewed the videos to determine whether they violated its guidelines, which prohibit hate speech and graphic or gratuitous violence. It took down 80 videos, but left others up. Mr. Lieberman said that was “not enough,” and demanded that more come down.  Yhe Senate homeland security committee, which is led by Mr. Lieberman, issued a report titled “Violent Islamist Extremism, the Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat.”

The report identified the Internet as “one of the primary drivers” of the terrorist threat to the United States.  All of this comes against the backdrop of a troubling Congressional antiterrorism bill that also focuses on the Internet. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, which passed the House last year by a 404-to-6 vote, would establish a commission to study the terrorist threat and propose legislation. The bill, which the Senate has not acted on, has a finding that the Internet promotes radicalization and terrorism. The American Civil Liberties Union has warned that the “Homegrown Terrorism” bill and related efforts “could be a precursor to proposals to censor and regulate speech on the Internet.” WHAT IDIOTS.

During the 110th Congress, under the leadership of Chairman Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), the Committee continued its investigation into the threat of domestic radicalization and homegrown terrorism inspired by violent Islamist ideology. The Committee has held five more hearings exploring a range of subjects, including an assessment of the homegrown threat in the United States, the European experience with domestic radicalization, the federal government's efforts to counter the homegrown terrorist threat, the role of local law enforcement in responding to the threat, and the Internet's role in the radicalization process.

U.S. Company Hosted Web Site Used by Omar Hammami and Al-Shabaab Group That Recruited Sharif Mobley and Jihad Jane. A Web site used by a Somali jihadist group that has been tied to a suspected terrorist from Daphne was hosted by an Internet company based in the United States, according to a private investigator.

Bill Warner, an investigator from Sarasota, Fla., who tried to shut down a number of Web sites linked to extremist groups, said he first targeted an al-Shabaab Web site in May 2008 after the U.S. government labeled it a terrorist organization.

Dotster Inc. of Vancouver, Wash., took the Web site down in January 2009, Warner said, after an order from the federal government. Warner said he has run a detective agency for 15 years and has been trying to shut down terrorist Web sites -- on his own time without pay -- since 2003.

When watching an April 2007 al-Shabaab Web posting, he said, he was particularly intrigued by one of the men on the Web site, a fair-skinned man, who stood apart from the Somali fighters.

That man went by the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki. Fox News reported last week that his true identity is Omar Hammami and that he faces a secret indictment in Mobile's federal court on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Hammami, 25, attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama.

Warner said news reports of Hammami's past as a computer science student confirmed his suspicions that al-Amriki had provided technical assistance to al-Shabaab. "At that time, I suspected he was involved with setting up the Web site," he said. "It appears Omar, with his background, is the perfect guy to set this up for them."

Rick Schwein, the assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism efforts at the Mobile office of the FBI, said he could not comment on a specific case. In general, he said, the bureau works within the constraints of the law to take down Web sites that lure recruits and coordinate terrorist activity. "It's something that is of great concern to us," he said.

Warner said federal investigators often do not want to tip their hand by moving on a Web site before they have mined it for intelligence. Foreign terrorist groups prefer to use American Web-hosting companies because the larger bandwidth they use allows higher-quality video postings.

The Arizona Republic Al-Qaida Web site was hosted in 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.

Web Sleuth Tracks Another Jihadist Site To Tampa Host 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.

But officials at Dotster which hosted the al-Shabaab site at  , and the local newspaper "The Columbian" initially resisted Warner's efforts, he said.

The Columbian Newspaper Dotster under fire for Web content.” 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  shut down.

"Al-Shabaab links to Al-Qaeda Were Published Wednesday 5/07/2008 in Columbian Newspaper, IN OUR VIEW: INTERNET CENSOR BILL WARNER".
"Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator (, wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to . Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says  supports an al-Qaida organization in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life".

Dotster representatives could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The company told the newspaper in Vancouver last year that its passes along all complaints to law enforcement agencies but does not censor customers' content. "We are not in a position to judge and be a jury on what content may be legal or acceptable," Brian Unruh, the firm's chief financial officer, told the newspaper.

Warner said the al-Shabaab site clearly crossed the line. And while the message was in Somali, he said, a mirror site run by a man in the United Kingdom had an English-language version. "It was blatantly recruiting suicide bombers," he said, more from this source.