By Judi McLeod
Finding terrorists on-line is becoming a popular pursuit on the Internet. Scores of people are up late at night searching on-line for terrorists while their families sleep.
Tracking the Internet Jihad, “A guide to safely tracking and investigating al Qa’ida and other Islamic Terrorist groups on the Internet” by “Archangel” is a simple guide to get you going.
You can be anybody on the Internet and cyber sleuths assume the identities of Muslim extremists, or pose as angry Middle East males.
Programs are available to mask computer Internet Protocol addresses.
Website, click to enlarge Jihadists on the Internet are prolific, so much so that they mirror a line used during the Cold War: “They’re everywhere!”
“In six years I have bookmarked some 6000+ jihadist websites and the list is still growing,” says Archangel.
Tracking the Internet Jihad is in essence a step-by-step how-to guide, that teaches cyber sleuths how to gain access to Jihadist sites.
Passwords aren’t always needed to gain access to a Jihadist site.
The War on Terror now relies on the Internet for recruiting and training.
The reason why the Worldwide Internet is so vital and valuable to terrorists is quite simple.
“It has removed the need for a physical terrorist training camp,” says Archangel. “When the United States went into Afghanistan after 9/11 the primary targets being bombed and raided were the long established terrorist training camps scattered through Afghanistan. Once we had destroyed the camps, al Qaeda then simply went on-line.
“It gave them mobility, secrecy and allows for training new recruits and allows for further training of existing members.”
The Jihadists communicate through these websites. They post training manuals, films, document, and data, all for each other to use freely to further the cause of Islamic Jihad.
Archangel even lists a few url’s to famous password protected al Qaeda and insurgent forums to get you started, explaining, “You may get in, you may not. I believe in “trial by fire”. Might as well jump in with both feet.”
Here is the list:
Two Jihadist sites where a password isn’t needed: http://www.muslim.net/vb/ and http://www.tajdeedi.co.uk/forums/
Cyber sleuths have been successful at tracking down terrorists and turning them in to the FBI.
Moonlighting as a volunteer terrorist hunter, former municipal judge Shannon Rossmiler has collared two suspects in the Unites States so far. One was Michael Reynolds, an unemployed ex-con found guilty in federal court in Scranton last week of offering to help al Qaeda blow up U.S. pipelines and refineries.
You can subscribe for free to a series of daily emails featuring the latest videos, documents, manuals, audios and communications from the jihadist forums.
Meanwhile, the web holds the secrets to what we need to know about the enemy. It’s there for cyber sleuths willing to put in the time.
International terrorism never sleeps.
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