Al Qaeda websites present growing threat, FBI's Mueller warns. Al Qaeda once limited to areas surrounding Afghanistan may be using the Internet to recruit and radicalize, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified Wednesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee.
FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that Al Qaeda was expanding its reach on the Web to recruit and radicalize people.....Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP....By Warren Richey, Staff writer / March 17, 2010.
The United States faces an expanding array of Al Qaeda-related threats that extend far beyond the lawless regions of southwest Asia and into the US itself via radical Islamist websites, FBI Director Robert Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday.
“For those in the intelligence community there has been a shift in the degree of concern about affiliates of Al Qaeda growing in strength and presenting a much enhanced threat to the United States,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation director said.
Prior to the 9/11 attacks, he said, the Al Qaeda threat largely resided in or near Afghanistan. Now, however, US intelligence officials are monitoring the growth of groups based in Somalia and Yemen, among others.
Some 3,000 naturalized US citizens currently reside in Yemen, Mr. Mueller said, and intelligence officers are attempting to identify if any have been radicalized, trained, and tasked to return to the US to conduct attacks. In addition, Mueller warned of the threat of Al Qaeda supporters emerging within the US domestic population who have grown sympathetic to Al Qaeda through contact with militant websites.
FBI agents are attempting to head off traditional means of radicalization within American prisons or in small pockets in certain US communities. But Mueller said the hardest to counter is the militant international dialogue underway on pro-Al Qaeda websites. “The one that is most worrisome is the Internet,” Mr. Mueller testified, more from this source............
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, The Internet is used as an operative and propaganda tool of Al-Qaeda and global jihad networks and needs policing and selective cyber strikes of jihad websites.
The Al-Hisbah (http://www.alhisbah.net/ ) website was one of the oldest, most important websites associated with Al-Qaeda and global jihad. It is not an online community open to all web surfers but rather a members-only Internet group. Those who want to join the website must undergo a screening process.
The website features technical information about the Internet (including information published by hackers working for Al-Qaeda), a wealth of information about radical Islamic literature and ideology, news, updates, as well as audio and video clips inciting to terrorism and violence. In addition, Al-Qaeda and global jihad use the website to recruit new members and handle terrorist squads (Note Jihad Jane).
Jihadist Web Site Taken Down, I was directly involved in taking down the Al-Hisbah (http://www.alhisbah.net/ ) website when it was hosted in Tampa Fl; TAMPA — One of al-Qaida supporters’ oldest and most stable Web sites apparently was taken down this morning.
It contained a 21-minute audio clip calling for Palestinians to attack Jews and the United States, according to organizations that track jihadists online. The site was taken down after a call from the Tampa Tribune to the host company, which operates in Tampa. Steve Eschweiler, general manager of that company, Noc4Hosts Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment.
The site — www.alhesbah.net/v/ – is the “principal and largest jihadi forum of supporters of al-Qaida and global jihad, and the oldest existing forums,” said Reuven Paz, director of the Jerusalem-based Project for the Research of Islamist Movements. “However, it is much more than just a forum and includes many other functions of very comprehensive and thorough indoctrination, guidance, recruitment for support, virtual military training and creation of global Islamic solidarity.”
Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host. Tampa continues to be the focus of an international game of Internet whack-a-mole between jihadists who put up Web sites and organizations and individuals who try to shut them down. For the third time in a month, Sarasota-based private investigator Bill Warner has tracked to a Tampa hosting company what investigators call a significant Web site used by jihadists for communications, recruitment and fundraising. The company is based in the same building as the U.S. attorney’s office. The Al-Hisbah and Al-Ekhlas websites appear to be still shut down
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.