A Florida man’s heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator ( http://www.wbipi.com/ ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to http://www.kataaib.net/ . Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says http://www.kataaib.net/ supports an Al-Qaeda organization in Somalia (Al-Shabaab), where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life (the site appears to have been desigend by University of South Alabama computer science major Omar Hammami aka Abu Mansour al-Amriki).
Dotster, which employs about 100 here and has clients worldwide, already works closely with the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies, says its CEO, Clint Page. Dotster has more than 3 million domain names under its management, each with numerous Web pages. About once a week, Page told us, Dotster discovers one with questionable content, such as child pornography, anti-Semitism, credit card scams or possible terrorist sympathies. In other instances, authorities discover them first and come to Dotster. Closing a site before the FBI has finished probing it might actually impede an investigation.