When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word.The portion I put in bold points to something we have spoken about here before... Jihadist websites that are hosted, or routed through service providers, here in the United States.
“America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness,” he wrote on his blog. “America is known to be a people of arrogance.”
Unlike Mr. bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents’ home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups.
In recent days, he has featured “glad tidings” from a North African militant leader whose group killed 31 Algerian troops. He posted a scholarly treatise arguing for violent jihad, translated into English. He listed hundreds of links to secret sites from which his readers could obtain the latest blood-drenched insurgent videos from Iraq.
R & D Technologies, LLC. Nevada, USA, SiteGenie,LLC, Minnesota, USA, Everyones Internet, Texas, USA, SiteGenie, LLC, Minnesota, USA.,Liquid Web Inc, Michigan, USA, Select Solutions, LLC, Texas, USA... these are just a small sample of the ISP's addresses that are hosting Islamic/Jihadi websites, here in the United States of America.
More from the New York Times:
While there is nothing to suggest that Mr. Khan is operating in concert with militant leaders, or breaking any laws, he is part of a growing constellation of apparently independent media operators who are broadcasting the message of Al Qaeda and other groups, a message that is increasingly devised, translated and aimed for a Western audience.
Terrorism experts at West Point say there are as many as 100 English language sites offering militant Islamic views, with Mr. Khan’s — which claims 500 regular readers — among the more active. While their reach is difficult to assess, it is clear from a review of extremist material and interviews that militants are seeking to appeal to young American and European Muslims by playing on their anger over the war in Iraq and the image of Islam under attack.
That is not the only way that terrorist sympathizers are using the world wide web, we have done pieces on Web Savvy al-Qaeda, we have shown how they use the web against, what they call, "American Idiots", ( Part #2 of that one is here) we have shown that they have bomb making guides on the internet, they have manuals on how to kidnap Americans on the internet and guides on how to make car bombs.
Back to the New York Times:
An Internet Strategy
Al Qaeda and its followers have used the Internet to communicate and rally support for years, but in the past several months the Western tilt of the message and the sophistication of the media have accelerated. So has the output. Since the beginning of the year, Al Qaeda’s media operation, Al Sahab, has issued new videotapes as often as every three days. Even more come from Iraq, where insurgents are pumping them out daily.
Read the whole 3 page article where the New York Times outed this al-Qaeda sympathizer without thought to the repercussions of what doing so would mean to our National Security and our Governments ability to continue the investigations into this man.
A perfect example of the New York Times irresponsibility.
Those with a responsible nature that actually care about our National Security have held this information back so as to not jeopardize the investigation into Samir Khan, like Rusty from The Jawa Report.
The Jawa Report has been running and investigation into this for over a year but held back this mans identity as to not endanger an FBI investigation.
It turned out that our original investigation into Khan was right and that we already knew where he lived. We have a real picture of Samir. We have his address. We had a picture of his house. Hell, we have his car license plate number. All because Samir posted it on the internet, but using his real name instead of "inshallahshaheed".
Ethical dilemma: If you live in Charlotte wouldn't you like to know if you're living next door to a known al Qaeda supporter? Should I reveal his address? Should I post a picture of him?
The New York Times has no such compulsion. Their need to for a front page story overrode, once again, the need to allow the FBI and coordinating authorities to conclude their investigations.
How do we know that the FBI has investigations running into this man? That is shown on one of the Jawa Reports updates:
UPDATE: Just to clarify, I was specifically asked by more than one FBI agent, and on more than one occasion, not to publicly identify Inshallahshaheed as Samir Khan.
The quotes from The Jawa Report are only teasers, go take a look at the whole piece, follow the links that show their wonderful research and what they have done over the last year.
In other related news, hat tip to memeorandum, we see more information about al-Qaeda, and this time about their ties in New Jersey.
For the past six years, FBI officials have routinely declined to discuss counterterror measures in northern New Jersey. But last week, the FBI granted The Record limited access to the offices of its Joint Terrorism Task Force, in a gleaming glass building in Newark overlooking the Passaic River.
This unusual glimpse into the inner workings of North Jersey's primary counterterrorism force revealed the following:
Task force investigators have discovered that every major terrorist group in the world, including Hamas and Hezbollah, has at least one North Jersey contact. The lone exception is Afghanistan's ultra-fundamentalist sect, the Taliban. The task force is currently conducting more than 400 counterterror investigations. These range from probes into Bin Laden's network to neo-Nazis to environmental terrorists. Each month, a task force "response" squad receives as many as a dozen new tips about possible nuclear, biological or chemical terrorism in New Jersey. These range from citizen concerns about a mysterious powder to the report that three ships were sailing to New Jersey with radiological material on board. Squad members were even dispatched to Emerson last month after school administrators received a threat to blow up schools. Undercover agents attend all professional football games at Giants Stadium. Agents also plan to monitor the upcoming Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Task force agents routinely travel overseas. One is currently in Iraq; another is in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, helping to question suspected al-Qaida captives at the U.S. naval base there. Newark-based agents also played a role in the investigation of the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and provided information to assist the interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
Task force agents say they are united by one common fear -- that they may overlook information that could stop a potential terrorist attack. Indeed, almost every office seems to contain some reminder of the 9/11 attacks.
Read the rest of that also.
Our enemies within are not only the terrorist contributors or sympathizers but, these days, it is our journalists at the New York Times.