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    Friday, October 05, 2007

    Intel and ops

    bits and pieces :first from forums:
    Increasing surrenders show Al Qaeda is losing hope, morale is devastated
    Judging by the pro-terror buzz in cyberspace, al Qaeda is facing recruitment problems. One al Qaeda guru, using the nom de guerre of Sheikh Bassir al-Najdi, recently warned that the organization was unable to replace "lost martyrs" in Iraq.

    The buzz in pro-terrorist circles is that a whole generation of jihadists has been wiped out. The funeral industry in the Arab countries where most jihadists originate is booming.

    Al Qaeda has lost half its leadership over the Summer, and American intelligence collectors have amassed a huge number of desperate messages from al Qaeda leaders and operatives. Terror attacks are down by more than half because al Qaeda keeps getting run out of their refuges, and, in desperation, keeps asking each other for help. There is not much help. Couriers are still getting through with cash, to buy people and bomb making materials. But most of this stuff is now getting captured, as safe houses are quickly abandoned. When the terrorists are unable to escape, they more frequently surrender, rather than fight to the death. This is a sign of falling morale. This is what the psychologists predicted as the number of desperate messages grew.


    Along with the raids in Iraq, the Pentagon also is developing plans to attack computer networks and websites used by terrorists, military records show.

    Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told Congress last month that the “war is not only being fought on the ground in Iraq but also in cyberspace.”

    Petraeus has “placed a greater command emphasis on the media war,” says Maj. Winfield Danielson, a military spokesman in Iraq.

    The terrorist group’s media centers are nondescript from the outside but jammed with production equipment, Bacon says. One house raided recently in Samarra, north of Baghdad, included 12 computers, 65 hard drives and a filming studio.


    October 4, 2007 · If there's one word American soldiers are familiar with when it comes to their Iraqi counterparts, it's "ijaza" — which means vacation.

    Iraqi soldiers get one week off for every two they work, while Americans get two weeks off a year.

    A U.S. general admits that it's difficult to persuade Iraqi officers to postpone Iraqi army vacation so their troops can take part in U.S. military operations.


    From a Burma bloger

    The Burmese military government (junta) has held 50 million Burmese people under an iron fist for 20 years, and effectively under a dictatorship since 1962. Free communication with the outside world is strictly controlled and filtered, and all media is effectively state controlled:

    The state controls Burma’s main broadcasters and publications. For the most part, the media are propaganda tools and tend not to report opposing views except to criticise them. Editors and reporters are answerable to the military authorities.

    (BBC News)

    Bloggers and other cyber activists within Burma risk their lives by publishing any information counter to the government line, but they still do it because they believe that freedom of expression is worth that sacrifice.

    You don’t have to make such a sacrifice, but if you have computer skills, can breach firewalls, routers and web site security then you could greatly assist the people of Burma. By taking down official Burmese government propaganda and posting pictures, information about the protests, information about the lies of the Burmese junta, and news of the huge support being offered by the rest of the world - preferably in Burmese - then you could help free the people from this terrible regime.

    If the information is removed, do it again - automate the attacks, do whatever you can to ensure that the Burmese can see the truth about their government.

    You may have hacked for fun, or personal gain in the past - now you have a chance to hack for freedom.

    Target sites:


    For some Arab viewers who don’t regularly view Western media, the overwhelming impression from the videos could be that militants are winning. The benefit for militants is to turn a single attack into a larger strategic weapon.


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