What is our mission at IATT?
They center around 4 paradigms.
#1) Info War getting the Truth out.
#2) Collecting and Reporting actionable Intel
#3) Policy change.
#4) Limited defensive cyber warfare.
We have been changing, re-inventing
ourselves every couple of years.
But from the first I felt like the
WWW was a dance.
It isn't good unless both work.
One leads and the other follows.
If "she" doesn't follow good then
you have problems.
A dance is like one person in
the same body, but two
dancing. I'm implying the
give and take, a feed back loop.
I guess they don't dance like
that any more.
I've felt the WWW was like that
it would speak to you, if your
plugged in right.
It will even tell you what to do,
if your listening.
But this terrorist gig started out as
a confrontation with Jahiddies
in a forum.
Bitch slapping them around was
fun but counter productive.
So we switched to attacking
the NON-Muslim foundation
of the alQaeda cult.
And remained civil.
And we spread those messages to the
It worked well, incontrovertible
arguments about their positions
on Islam and violations of the
Koran, the hard core, just got
mad and made threats, but
the undecided heard the arguments.
To run that paradigm we had to be
in the know and accurate, and I
built an OSINT system.
It educated us well.
And by diligence we found
ourselves coming into actionable
And we started posting the Intel,
and the FBI contacted us for follow
And we felt the actionable intel
was of more value than the small
Info war we were running on Infovlad
So I turned my hacker skills to working
on collecting actionable Intel.
And while we don't do any thing illegal,
there are many things you can do because
they are not specifically illegal.
And the Bot Surveillance Units were born.
And we went hunting webmasters and
We eventually tracked down most of
the Taliban webmastes and many of the
alQaeda webmasters and made special
effort to take down hackers.
About 900 to 1,000 terrorist websites
eventually went down.
Reporting actionable Intel was working
but it felt like the GWOT was having problems.
One was the terms of the success of the GWOT.
Press runs stories to sell headlines, or get
Good news just doesn't sell, and the press
has a tendency to spin everything bad.
Like US was loosing the GWOT.
We were believing our own bad press,
eating our own news feeds.
Even the Military was doing this.
And developed some un-positive
attitudes against the facts.
So again we changed our paradigm.
We wanted to influence policy.
We saw things we thought could be fixed.
And at least an obligation to put them
"out there" for others consideration.
So this is the third reinvention of the
But every thing accumulates.
We have a very sharp OSINT system,
Moles and mole school.
At one point a mole was so far in al qaeda,
they offered us money.
I liked that, but the FBI killed it.
And I know there are spelling errors,
and some times my blog reads
more like a flow of conciseness rather
than like academic prose..
Please try and keep up.
But thats OK, most of the time it
comes so fast I have to pick and
chose what will be the best use of
our time, and what we can work best.
And I can spend my time fixing the prose
and spelling or increase production.
I chose production even if it makes
me look less professional.
So we still have the skills for ferreting
out false news and OSINT machine,
Company "C" and the rest of the
Battalion, moles and BSU's and
And we make use of them all.
Our paradigm work keeps us
ahead of our selves, we track and
monitor our own work and production,
and develop metrics for same.
So currently we are trying to positively
influence policy, but still have the skills
and equipment to engage in Info Wars,
collection of actionable Intel,
and engage in defensive limited Cyber War.
I assert my right to Cyber self defense
and have Cyber arms.
I am a Cyber Warrior
I did what the WWW told me to do.
The work is difficult, exhilarating, thankless,
demanding, changeling and I love it.
We think we have contributed to the GWOT
I do it because I can.
A huge Salute to all those
that spend their time and efforts
so engaged. THANK YOU.
Gerald one of the Civilian cyber warroirs