Minneapolis Recruits Began Traveling to Somalia in 2007 to Join al-Shabaab Terrorists Despite Private Eye’s Effort to Shut Down Recruiting Website in Vancouver WA.
Monday, October 05, 2015
IT ALL STARTED IN 2007 WITH A SOMALI WEBSITE BASED IN THE USA: A wave of Americans traveling to Somalia to fight with Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, has been described by the FBI as one of the “highest priorities in anti-terrorism.” Americans began traveling to Somalia to join Al Shabaab in 2007, around the time the group stepped up its insurgency against Somalia’s transitional government and its Ethiopian supporters, who have since withdrawn. At least 50 U.S. citizens and permanent residents are believed to have joined or attempted to join or aid the group since that time. Most of the American men training with Al Shabaab are believed to have been radicalized in the U.S., especially in Minneapolis, according to U.S. officials. The FBI alleges that these young men have been recruited by Al Shabaab both on the Internet and in person.
MOBILE, Ala. A Web site used by a Somali jihadist group that has been tied to a suspected terrorist from Daphne was hosted by an Internet company based in the United States since 2007, according to a private investigator. Bill Warner, a private investigator from Sarasota, Fla., who tried to shut down a number of Web sites linked to extremist groups, said he first targeted an al-Shabaab Web site in May 2008 after the U.S. government labeled it a terrorist organization. Bill Warner said he has run a detective agency for 15 years and has been trying to shut down terrorist Web sites — on his own time without pay — since 2003.
When watching an April 2007 al-Shabaab Web posting, Bill Warner said, he was particularly intrigued by one of the men on the Web site, a fair-skinned man, who stood apart from the Somali fighters. That man went by the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki aka Omar Hammami he faces a secret indictment in Mobile’s federal court on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Hammami, 25, attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama. Bill Warner said news reports of Hammami’s past as a computer science student confirmed his suspicions that al-Amriki had provided technical assistance to al-Shabaab.
“At that time, I suspected he was involved with setting up the Web site,” Bill Warner said. “It appears Omar, with his background, is the perfect guy to set this up for them.” Newspapers in Phoenix and Tampa, Fla., reported that Web hosting companies in their cities took down jihadist Web sites after Bill Warner pointed them out in early 2008. But officials at Dotster, which hosted the al-Shabaab site at kataaib.net, initially resisted Warner’s efforts, he said. Dotster representatives could not be reached for comment.
VANCOUVER WA…The Columbian Newspaper; In our view: Internet censor (Bill Warner), Wednesday, May 07, 2008. 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/. Bill Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says http://www.kataaib.net/ supports an al-Qaida organization, AL-SHABAAB, in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life. There are groups like this one that associate with al-Qaida through Web sites that help promote the ideology, help find new recruits and help the effort to support terrorism,” Warner said in a Columbian story, “Dotster Under Fire For Web Content” see link click here, “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver, said bill Warner”. Certainly a Web page that is intended to inspire terrorism (Al-Shabbab) should be probed and be a candidate for closure. But the FBI or other experts should make that decision, with a judge if that’s required by law… It’s not Bill Warner’s call. SEE http://www.hiiraan.com/news2/2008/may/dotster_under_fire_for_web_content.aspx
Way to go Dotster web hosting in Vancouver WA and the Columbian Newspaper, now look what we have to deal with in the USA with the Al Shabaab terror recruits returning to America.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at http://www.wbipi.com