W.H. online counterterrorism woes
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By CHARLES HOSKINSON | 10/19/11 10:31 PM EDT
Al Qaeda lost one of its best propagandists last month with the death in Yemen of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had engineered much of its online recruitment and messaging.
But al-Awlaki’s death in a U.S. drone strike, along with that of fellow propagandist Samir Khan, hasn’t ended the years-long problem of Islamist militant recruitment.
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The Obama administration has made a point of trying to fight radicalization through the Internet as part of its counterterrorism strategy. But the diverse and broad network of websites and social media has proved hard to crack, and civil liberties concerns have tempered efforts to spy on communications.
“The struggle against Al Qaeda will remain, in part, a battle of ideas,” Rand Corp. analyst Seth Jones wrote in a Sept. 30 commentary for the BBC. “Al Qaeda and individuals like Awlaki may represent a fringe group of extremists, but their message must be more effectively countered. That is something drone strikes cannot do.”
Social media have been a particular problem, because users have adapted new forms of communication to fit the new formats. Many Arabic speakers on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other sites use what’s known as Arabizi, a form of colloquial Arabic written in the Latin alphabet and numbers instead of the traditional Arabic alphabet, allowing them to use a standard English-language keyboard to type their messages. But there’s no standard version of Arabizi. It varies from country to country, even among groups within countries and is affected by differences in dialect.
Officials know that buried in the vast network of online communications are messages from Al Qaeda and other militant groups seeking recruits to launch terrorist attacks.
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This sounds good…except there is NO concrete DEFINITION for “other militant groups seeking recruits”.
What is so disturbing is that since the Dems took over Congres, and especially since Obama became President, the number of Internet Terrorist groups has exploded!! From 2,630 TO 6,940!! That is almost a 300% INCREASE!!
Patriots, anyone still in denial over the real threat of Global Islamic Jihad needs to pull their head out of the sand and WAKE-UP!!! This War has been waged since 629 A.D.!!! The Muslems will NOT “simply quit” if we leave them alone and cut all ties to Israel. THEY HATE US! And they are ORDERED by The Qur’an and the Hadiths to convert OR KILL ALL NON-Mulsems GLOBALLY!!! That’s YOU & ME!
-Admin II Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.
“Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Benjamin Franklin.
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