Friday, August 17, 2007

over the internet

"[The Internet provides] a delivery system for pathological states of mind."
-Phillip Adams.
NYPD report eyes threat from home-grown terrorists
By O’Ryan JohnsonThursday, August 16, 2007 - Updated: 09:36 AM EST
New York Police Department terror experts issued a dire report yesterday warning of a growing threat from home-grown terrorists, radicalized over the Internet or through social circles, who are virtually invisible to law enforcement...

“Over the Internet”. The new hunting grounds, the new training grounds, and one that cannot be destroyed with smart bombs. With nearly complete anonymity individuals involved in terrorist activities can exchange recipes for bomb making materials, poison making materials, and other tactics to be used against Americans and other individuals deemed “infidels”.

I have personally witnessed the theft and use of private citizen’s credit card information by such individuals to funnel money for their jihad. These individuals are having their private information stolen through the use of Trojan horse programs (similar to viruses), installed on their computers via innocuous looking downloads from the net. Imagine the FBI coming to your door telling you that your name, address, and credit card information have been posted online for the entire terrorist world to see.

It’s happening.

Internet is "the new Afghanistan": NY police commissioner
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:51PM EDT

By Michelle Nichols and Edith Honan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Internet is the new battleground against Islamist extremism because it provides ideology that could radicalize Westerners who might then initiate home-grown attacks, New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Wednesday.
"The Internet is the new Afghanistan," Kelly said, as he released a New York Police Department (NYPD) report on the home-grown threat of attacks by Islamist extremists. "It is the de facto training ground. It's an area of concern."

Group interactions make individual distortions greater. If you have violent inclinations or have radicalized beliefs and you interact with others who do, you will become more inclined to act upon these. That is behavioral science. That is the reason we tend to bond together with like minded individuals, to reinforce our beliefs and to justify them.

The internet makes it exponentially easier to do this. Networks are scattered all across the internet linking up terrorist ideology, racist ideology, and now even gang related networks. Each day the number of websites for these and just about any other deviant belief system is growing. It truly is a web.

A web that you can get caught in and summarily devoured.

You bank online, you use a credit card online, you engage strangers online, and you may find yourself an unwilling participant even a contributor to the very funding of terrorism.

While the internet can be a great networking tool. A place to meet new friends, learn other’s cultures, or share valuable information. It can also be a place where death lives.

One of many examples:
The video shows two men, bound and kneeling on the ground in a forest, a large swastika flag hanging behind them. A third man then beheads one of the captives. The second captive is shot in the head. Two masked men raise their arms in a Nazi salute.
... Aleksandr Koptsev burst into a Moscow synagogue during evening prayers and stabbed eight people with a hunting knife. Koptsev -- who was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in prison -- said he was inspired to act by nationalist and neo-Nazi websites.

The most horrible thing I have ever seen was from a jihadist website. Home video of what appeared to be a 18 or 19 year old soldier being beheaded. Slowly. The video was in full color and full sound. The sound of a young person hogtied and sliced apart is a sound you will never get out of your head.


Videos of 8 and 9 year old boys, reenacting such bloody scenes are posted on the net. You know what that means? That means that these monsters have shown children that age such videos. There is little chance of undoing that damage. So much “outrage” is expressed over putting panties on the heads of prisoners and yet there is little to none for those would butcher human beings in manners worse than cattle.

Yet groups like PETA are outraged over fur. It’s a shame such “activists” don’t seem to care as much about humans slaughtering humans in far less humane ways and for more devious reasons.

Child pornography trafficking, bomb making instructional videos, radicalization of adults and children, “how to” instructions on making various weapons, poisons, and biological weapons, are all out there over the internet.

Cyber-terrorism now takes on new meaning. The real cyber-terrorism threat does not lie in devastating attacks on financial or defense facilities’ computer systems. The real threat is the persistent and relentless attacks on the minds of people by the use of the propaganda machine that teaches children how to kill you. Not in dusty jihadist training camps.

But over the internet.