Saturday, October 18, 2008
Al-Qaeda Web Forums Abruptly Taken Offline; Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post, Oct. 18/08 ..DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda‘s media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September leaving Al Qaeda’s Propaganda Network ‘Hanging by a Thread’. The disappearance of the forums on Sept. 10 — and al-Qaeda’s apparent inability to restore them or create alternate online venues, as it has before — has curbed the organization’s dissemination of the words and images of its fugitive leaders. On Sept. 29, a statement by the al-Fajr Media Center, a distribution network created by supporters of al-Qaeda and other Sunni extremist groups, said the forums had disappeared “for technical reasons,” and it urged followers not to trust look-alike sites.
For al-Qaeda, “these sites are the equivalent of pentagon.mil, whitehouse.gov, att.com,” said Evan F. Kohlmann, an expert on online al-Qaeda operations who has advised the FBI and others. With just one authorized al-Qaeda site still in business, “this has left al-Qaeda’s propaganda strategy hanging by a very narrow thread.” The sabotage of sites operated by extremist groups makes it more difficult for those groups to inspire attacks and recruit attackers, said Erich Marquardt, editor in chief of the Sentinel, a monthly online publication by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It could be those pesky “Cyber Vigilantes Who Track Extremist Web Sites” at work again.
See my prior post, Sunday, September 14, 2008, AL-QAEDA TERROR WEBSITE WWW.AL-EKHLAAS.NET THAT POSTED THREAT TO KILL GORDON BROWN AND TONY BLAIR IS SHUT DOWN TODAY
See my prior post, Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host, Saturday, May 03, 2008, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER TRACKS AL-QAEDA WEBSITES TO TAMPA. My energies have been focused on shutting down jihad/terrorism websites hosted in the USA that link to al-Qaeda, one of those websites is WWW.AL-EKHLAAS, which I was able to shut down on Jan 28th 2008 in Tampa Fl, see article click here and then again on Feb 1st 2008 in Phoenix AZ, see article click here, and then again on February 22nd 2008 in Tampa Fl, see article click here, with the aid of the Tampa Tribune and the Arizona Republic newspapers.
As far as the Sept. 10th 2008 shut down of WWW.AL-EKHLAAS.org and 3 others, I had contacted several newspapers in Brisbane Australia where WWW.AL-EKHLAAS.org was ultimately hosted during the months of July and August 2008 and requested they get involved in shutting down the website, which appears to be still off-line. The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in Brisbane is the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia-Pacific region (Malaysia), if they shut down the site it is shut down everywhere. I had contacted the editor, three investigative reporters and the senior reporter at “The Australian Newspaper”, “The Brisbane Sun” and the “Herald Sun” and APNIC and provided the information on the al-Qaeda site www.al-ekhlaas.org ultimately hosted out of Brisbane. The mirror site http://www.al-ekhlaas.net/ also appears to have been shut down.
See also; Sunday, September 28, 2008, DEATH THREAT POSTED ON THE YOUTUBE ACCOUNT OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER BY SALMAN AL FARSI OF AL-MUHAJIROUN, WHAT TOOK SO LONG ?