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    Friday, March 19, 2010

    New wave of Terrorists?

    New wave of Terrorists?

    Pakistani police captured him with a truckload of laptop computers, video cameras, jihad training videos and semiautomatic weapons.

    ( Computers were given equal space as AK 47's. G )

    The tools this particular terrorist had adopted to accomplish that goal were not suicide bombs or sniper rifles, but laptop computers and other high-tech equipment. The purpose of his Taliban cell was to reach potential recruits online over the Internet.

    What I was hearing in the spare interview room would shed light on how the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan reached potential recruits around the world.

    "We video our fights with American forces and keep records of our martyrs," he said when I asked him about the laptops and video equipment found by police. "We want to get the message out to the world so they will see what is being done to us."
    He added, "We see the Internet, media reports about what is going on here. We see that it is lies, what the Americans and the British portray. We use our means to get the message out, the truthful message about what is happening here, and our war."
    Pakistani counterterrorism officials said in meetings last week that al Qaeda and the Taliban factions "have been recruiting more technologically savvy persons that can get their message out on the Internet."

    A Pakistani counterterrorism official said the Taliban and al Qaeda are stepping up efforts at online recruiting. "This is not endemic to Pakistan. They are feeling pressure and are now using the Internet even more to get their message across. It is their new tool in the war and a way to gain new recruits worldwide."
    In an earlier interview that day with North Western Frontier Province's Inspector General Malik Naveed Khan, whose men captured the young fighter, he said that these groups are "waging war against the world, not only with weapons but through the Internet and other media."

    Read more at the Washington Examiner:

    The Real Terror War Is On the Internet

    Terrorists and rogue states are moving their battle to the Internet in a virtual war against liberal democracy. For too long, the United States and its allies have ignored the incitement and violent propaganda from Internet platforms operated by violent Islamist extremists.
    Today, such neglect is not an option. As we have been warned by Harry Wingo -- a former Navy SEAL who now serves as Google's Washington, D.C. policy counsel-- "the code is mightier than the sword."
    Internet code is an operational weapon used by terrorist groups to indoctrinate, recruit, train, and finance the next generation of terrorists. Terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas (with support, in some cases, from rogue states like Iran) use a vast and anonymous terrorist Web network as another front in their war against the West. These Web outlets should be treated as indistinguishable from the terrorist organizations that use them.
    Is the threat real? A declassified U. S. National Intelligence Estimate concludes: "The radicalization process is occurring more quickly, more widely, and more anonymously in the Internet age, raising the likelihood of surprise attacks by unknown groups whose members and supporters may be difficult to pinpoint. We judge that groups of all stripes will increasingly use the Internet to communicate, propagandize, recruit, train and obtain logistical and financial support."

    What a wonderful smell you've discovered! JAWA

    Tactical Internet Systems analyst.




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