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Terrorists Move to Cyberspace

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the that's-not-so-good dept.

The Internet 705

Dreamwalkerofyore writes "The Washington Post has an article on how Al Quaeda is now using the 'net for its new HQ. From the article: 'With laptops and DVDs, in secret hideouts and at neighborhood Internet cafes, young code-writing jihadists have sought to replicate the training, communication, planning and preaching facilities they lost in Afghanistan with countless new locations on the Internet.'"

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GNAA outreach program hailed as a success (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266539)

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New game plan for the war against terror (5, Funny)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266540)

1) Find Al-Qaeda website.
2) Troll with goatse.
3) ???
4) FREEDOM!

Re:New game plan for the war against terror (3, Funny)

WAG24601G (719991) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266569)

1) Find Al-Qaeda website 2) Post on Slashdot (include reference to breasts) 3) Allow nature to run its course (Slashdotting) 4) Servers become anti-terror weapons

A new Arsenal for Democracy... (1)

Monte (48723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266601)

...the slashdot effect: the new Nuclear Winter.

I like it.

Better plan (this one is actually formatted) (5, Funny)

WAG24601G (719991) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266583)

1) Find Al-Qaeda website
2) Post on Slashdot (include reference to breasts)
3) Allow nature to run its course (Slashdotting)
4) Servers become anti-terror weapons

New game plan for the war against liberty (2, Informative)

KanSer (558891) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266740)

1) Toss opposition website/organization metaphorical football
2) Label terrorists; play smear the queer
3) ???
4) Victory...

How long before the government disappears non-conformists with this label?

"Terrorist Web-site shut down: al-kay-duh torrents found"

Just sensationalism... move along. (5, Insightful)

XorNand (517466) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266544)

I'm a computer geek, not a terrorism expert but from my understanding, Al Queda is much more a brand name than it is an omnipresent, neboulous, James Bond-like organization. Bin Laden/Al-Zawahri isn't holed up in some Bat Cave, directing his mindless minons in yet another half-baked, but grand scheme at ruling the world. But painting Al Queda as such makes it easier to scare a populace who's grown up with comic book bad guys into complacency.

Al Queda is just a cause; it's a flag that militant Islamic zealots hoist in order to feel part of a worldwide movement. They're a ragtag bunch of criminals who want to spread their message as far and wide as possible. There are no definate leaders (Bin Laden is just a spokesman), nor do they have a cohesive strategy. Therefore it makes perfect sense that they use the Internet to communicate. This isn't news. It's just another way to make us feel that a Muhammad with a Kalashnikov just might be invading an ubiquitous part of most Americans' daily lives. Pair that anxiety with most people's complete lack understanding concering the Internet (ignorance begets fear) and suddenly it becomes much easier to curb our digital liberties just a bit more. Not to mention it helps to sell Washington Post newspapers.

I mean, come on... how many headlines read "Confirmed: Terrorists using telephones to communicate"?

Re:Just sensationalism... move along. (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266624)

I agree.

From my understanding, these suicide bombers are just disaffected young men with life problems and frustrations. No different to the kids who committed Columbine IMHO.

The fact that there is a "secret" organization masterminding the whole thing makes them feel special or part of a group.

Re:Just sensationalism... move along. (2, Insightful)

rookworm (822550) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266711)

actually, most islamic Jihadists are well-educated professionals, with money and university degrees. They have money and free time, so they can build their own islamic libraires, contemplate its meaning, etc, etc. see, for instance http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.a sp?ID=10282 [frontpagemag.com]

the columbine kids did not draw upon an all-encomapssing idealogy or fight for a cause; nor did they have outside support. The ONLY similarity is that they killed.

Re:Just sensationalism... move along. (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266749)

The leaders are well-educated professionals with money and degrees. The people who actually blow themselves up are the ones who aren't good for much else.

Not the first time for communication methods (2, Insightful)

Eevee (535658) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266680)

Thirty seconds on Google shows the media has reported on how Al Queda communicates before. (Feel free to be picky about 'headlines' if you want.)

http://www.cellular.co.za/news_2002/091602-us_cust oms_agents_intercept_cell.htm [cellular.co.za]
In a major breakthrough, U.S. Customs agents intercepted a cache of 250 cell phones that were to be shipped to the al Qaeda network, said John Babb, U.S. Customs director.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/31/london. tube/ [cnn.com]
Osman was arrested in Rome on Friday after investigators traced his travels by monitoring cell phone activity from England to France to Italy.
http://strategypage.com/dls/articles/20030303.asp [strategypage.com]
But Khalid Shaikh Mohammed did not heed these warnings. He regularly used cell phones and email, and this apparently led to his capture.

Re:Just sensationalism... move along. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266731)

militant Islamic zealots

Can we stop calling these people zealots or extremists, that gives the impression that its only one or two believers of this "religion" that want to destroy America's and Western Europe's way of life. Get real, there are Muslims and there are reformed Muslims. The former, who are the majority, are a threat to any non believer.

There are no definate leaders (Bin Laden is just a spokesman), nor do they have a cohesive strategy.

Sure the leaders are the same folks who run Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, etc... The Strategy is to take over the world, pretty simple to me.

It's just another way to make us feel that a Muhammad with a Kalashnikov just might be invading an ubiquitous part of most Americans' daily lives

Because of course they haven't invaded other parts of our lives like air travel and public transportation?

MOD PARENT UP!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266767)

Mod the parent up.

Mod the grandparent down.

The GP made a bunch of nice sounding points... of course, they're completely misinformed points, but they sound logical enough.

That doesn't make them correct.

The parent, on the other hand, while not being able to present himself in the most politically correct fashion, is at least on to what's actually happening.

Bear in mind that in the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave, I'm posting as an AC not because I think that the oppressive Right Wingers will come down on me, but because I think that the oppressive Left Wingers will come down on me.

Re:Just sensationalism... move along. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266742)

Interesting. Reminds me of the movie Brazil [imdb.com] .

It's a strange notion, but one could imagine a distant future where a globalized government, based on current world military and financial powers, has become so extremely oppressive. In that scenario, freedom-seeking resistance may look to today's evil terrorists (I mean evil literally, not sarcastically) as the grandfathers of their cause. The self-published propaganda will seem an attractive alternative to the Official History, which would be hardly trustworthy either.

What meaning that relates to anything I don't know. Just thought I'd share it anyway.

"nebulous" doesn't mean what you think it does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266768)

Al Queda is much more a brand name than it is an omnipresent, neboulous[sic], James Bond-like organization

You had such a great point! Why did you have to go and ruin it by throwing in a related word that actually contradicted your intended meaning?

Maybe you meant nefarious?

Nebulous is exactly what the structure of AlQaeda is (which I believe was your point, hence the contradiction); i.e. Lacking definite form or limits. In solidarity, I offer an Orwell writing rule: Never us a long word where a short one will do.

Quick! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266545)

Quick, turn off the Internet!

Re:Quick! (1)

RichardX (457979) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266698)

I'm sorry, Dave, I cannot allow you to do that.

Sincerely,
The Internet.

Quick!-Comedy Disbelief. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266734)

Well the terrorists could always use slashdot as a weapon by posting insightful and interesting stories.

Arabic Translators (5, Insightful)

HUADPE (903765) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266547)

This is all the more reason the US govt and the CIA need to invest heavily in recruiting and training Arabic translators.

Re:Arabic Translators (4, Insightful)

artifex2004 (766107) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266575)

This is all the more reason the US govt and the CIA need to invest heavily in recruiting and training Arabic translators.

Maybe they could start by hiring back the many competent translators they used to have but dumped because they were gay or lesbian?

Naaaah, that'll never happen.

Re:Arabic Translators (1)

sm00f (819489) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266650)

Yeah, but the terrorists aren't stupid. I'm sure if they have any sites with info on possible strikes they would be smart enough to encrypt / password protect those sites, so it would be kind of hard to translate what you can't see.

Re:Arabic Translators (1)

HUADPE (903765) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266671)

the terrorists aren't stupid The higher level inspirational ones (Bin Laden, Al Zwahiri) aren't, but some of them really are not very smart. They do things like try to set off shoe bombs in their seats instead of the plane bathroom. Also, encrypting a website or an e-mail can sometimes act as a tip-off.

Yes we must take immediate action (3, Funny)

scenestar (828656) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266549)

and shut down the internet......

Just one of them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266587)

What about the other internets?

Can't. (1)

gmac63 (12603) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266604)

Al Gore would up and invent a new one. And wouldn't that just mess things up again.

Re:Yes we must take immediate action (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266637)

Yes we must take immediate action and shut down the internet......

This isn't funny and I'm disturbed that a moderator wasted one of his points making this seem less sinister than it may turn out to be.

The Government is just looking for excuses to present to the American public to push for even tighter controls that will benefit "the war on terror" and Big Business.

Terrorists support BitTorrent and encryption. We have to eliminate this to keep you and your children safe.

Re:Yes we must take immediate action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266697)



OH NOES EVIL BUSH IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY OUR MEGAHURTZ

Seriously, lighten the fuck up. Bittorrent and encryption are not going to be outlaws, as much as you want to orgasm over the doomsday we're apparently in.

Re:Yes we must take immediate action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266638)

Bush already stopped Gore winning the 2001 election, and now he's taking away his inventions as well? Talk about insult to injury

AOL (5, Funny)

pmdata (861264) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266550)

The FBI can ditch the expensive equipment and just add the terrorists to their buddy list.

Re:AOL (3, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266635)

Or better yet, give their IM screen names to American teenagers. That'll shut down the terrorist network in no time.

So... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266643)

...that "dooropen.wav" will be replaced by "dynamite_a_splode.mp3", the pop-up ads will be replaced by pop-up bombers, and the running little guy would carry an AK and shoot down people with a >90% Warning Level?

Not quite what the Feds want...I think. ;)

Re:AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266714)

OsamaBinHidin:>lol OMFA me too.

Oh great. Wonderful. (4, Insightful)

Rupan (723469) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266553)

I love how the Bush administration keeps the Terrorist "threat" at the forefront of the American peoples' lives. It really makes me wonder if we are not moving closer to an Orwellian future. "War Is Peace" is beginning to sound more and more like Bush's rhetoric every day.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266570)

You don't have to respect the man, but George Bush is America's leader during this war. He was elected twice to the position because America trusts his judgement, who are you to second guess a majority of Americans? Bush has been nothing but forthright and candid during these troubled times.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (3, Insightful)

lightspawn (155347) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266613)

You don't have to respect the man, but George Bush is America's leader during this war. He was elected twice to the position because America trusts his judgement, who are you to second guess a majority of Americans?

Bush was elected once.

And not by the majority of Americans.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266641)

More precisely, according to CNN, he won with only 62,040,606 votes. According to the CIA, the U.S. population is 295,734,134. Therefore, only about 21% of the United States voted for him. Hardly a majority. Not even a majority of registered voters, I don't think.

Does anybody else think it is sad that the population of the U.S. feels so powerless to fix the federal government that almost two-thirds of the country chose not to even bother voting? Talk about your government of the people.... It isn't even government of the plurality if you consider the non-votes a "none of the above"....

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266710)

If someone didn't vote they have no one to blame but themselves.

I don't care to hear any complaint at all from those who did not bother to vote.

They chose not to let their voice be heard during the election so now they can sit down and shut the fuck up.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266753)

Are you really that stupid? Only US citizens 18 and above are eligible to vote. That cuts quite a bit down the pool of your 295 million. Therefore your number 21% is ridiculous and meaningless.

Why don't you go back to school and learn some basic math and statistics before spouting off like an idiot, boy.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (2, Interesting)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266719)

And not by the majority of Americans.

BFD. Neither was Clinton. Or Bush. Or Reagan. Or Carter. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last president who got a vote from the majority of eligible voters.

I don't mind that people point out the obvious that the current president didn't get a majority vote. But I do mind that people only point this out when a Republican is in office.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (3, Insightful)

rscrawford (311046) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266626)

BWAH HA HA HAAA!!!

That was great. Someone mod parent "Funny", right now!

Seriously, though. Isn't it a bit of a stretch to claim that "a majority of Americans" voted for Bush when he won with, what, 51% of the vote? Maybe 52%? And now that his approval ratings are sub-Clinton, that statement is even more disingenuous than ever.

Claiming that he has been "forthright and honest" is even more of a stretch. How many justifications have we heard for the Iraq invasion? How many of them have panned out to be even slightly true? It's pretty common knowledge at this point that we haven't found a single WMD since invading Iraq. It could be that we were spreading democracy, but there's good reason at this point to believe that this "democracy" won't be extended to women.

How American is that?

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266654)

Seriously, though. Isn't it a bit of a stretch to claim that "a majority of Americans" voted for Bush when he won with, what, 51% of the vote? Maybe 52%? And now that his approval ratings are sub-Clinton, that statement is even more disingenuous than ever.

Why is it a stretch to deem 51% as majority? Would it make any difference if his approval ratings were higher than Clinton? Would that somehow imply that his majority was any more valid?

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266685)

his majority was any more valid?

Well, he certainly had a slight majority back in 2004, but the way the polls look now, I think enough people would go back and vote against him if they could. He certainly no longer holds the majority he thought he did.

Some "Great Uniter" he turned out to be.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

mikelieman (35628) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266706)

As if Voting is fair and valid.

Grow up. It's as fake as wrasslin.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

Grym (725290) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266688)

Seriously, though. Isn't it a bit of a stretch to claim that "a majority of Americans" voted for Bush when he won with, what, 51% of the vote? Maybe 52%? And now that his approval ratings are sub-Clinton, that statement is even more disingenuous than ever.

What's wrong with that statement? He didn't say a majority of Americans liked Bush. All he said is that a majority voted for him. A majority is, by defition, larger than half. What part of that description doesn't 51 or 52 doesn't fit?

-Grym

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266760)

It's pretty common knowledge at this point that we haven't found a single WMD since invading Iraq Hate to pick nits... :) It was known before hand that there weren't any WMD's to be found. When the topic came up the experts were ignored.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266631)

How quickly we forget why we are in this war in the first place: Bush's lies about weapons of mass destruction. It is our power and duty as american citizens to question the decisions our government makes, and the motives behind those decisions. This war in iraq is not in the best interest of the american people.

And besides, he was elected for a second term because of a bunch of theocratically minded christian zealots...

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (2, Informative)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266655)

who are you to second guess a majority of Americans?

Indeed! [yahoo.com]

Bush's overall job approval was at 42 percent, with 55 percent disapproving.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266778)

Last I check it was the winner of elections not the leader of polls that got to set U.S. policy.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (2, Insightful)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266695)

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
-Winston Churchill

(It's worth noting that he also said "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.")

In case you haven't noticed (0, Flamebait)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266571)

In 1998 a jihad was declared against everyone who is basically non arabic. People have been fighting in that region for thousands of years, this time its spilled across the ocean.

http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/980223-fatw a.htm [fas.org]

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266618)

Did you read ANY of this article? Do you think this particular article would not be published if somehow Kerry was elected? Do you think this tidbit of information would not be deemed newsworthy in any event?

If you honestly fear of a potential Orwellian future then you are either naturally pessimistic or just plain stupid. Either way you are just an offtopic "must complain about Bush" poster.

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266780)

Do you think this particular article would not be published if somehow Kerry was elected?

That's a good question. If Gore had been in office during 9/11 what would have happened? Would he have put Oil Heaven^W^WIraq down on the table as the prime suspect and wasted time hunting for a "good enough" excuse to invade while letting Bin Laden slip through the cracks? If Kerry had won in 2004, would he have fought smarter and gotten us out of Iraq and the middle east, or would we be still be swatting at the bee hive and wondering why we keep getting stung?

Re:Oh great. Wonderful. (1)

mbrod (19122) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266619)

If you were president and your approval rating was as low as his is now, your advisors would probably tell you to try to keep people scared to death too.

Doesn't make it any less rediculous but the guy doesn't have a lot of options left to salvage a good reputation in history.

Oh great. Wonderful-Slight of Plan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266627)

"I love how the Bush administration keeps the Terrorist "threat" at the forefront of the American peoples' lives."

Oh, wow. And here I thought it was the London bombings doing that? Damn you GWB!

Re:Oh great. Wonderful-Slight of Plan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266788)

Those were obviously staged by the CIA.

"threat" (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266670)

I love how you put scare quotes around that like somehow terrorists really don't exist except in Bush's and their supporters' minds.

I guess 9/11 wasn't a "threat", or when Osama and his buddies put out videos with their jihad against America, that isn't a "threat" either.

You people who follow Michael Moore who also says there's no threat can keep your heads in the sand, but just because you close your eyes doesn't mean the threat isn't still out there.

Turn it into... (1)

UlfGabe (846629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266555)

A glass parking lot!...?

(yes i am talking about the internet.)

down wit terrerists

Ooh (1)

Morden (15788) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266560)

Laptops and DVDs, they're so leet...! :|

Maybe they sponsored DeCSS, bring down the system from within... terrorforge.net anyone?

hurry! (1, Funny)

v1 (525388) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266567)

Quick, outlaw the internet! The terrorists are using it!

hurry!-It's quandry time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266664)

He he. Isn't it nice to know that a loved one was killed with the aid of the same "freedoms" we all enjoy. Gives you a nice warm feeling right here *puts hand over detonator*

--
The "are you a script" word for today is adultery.

Look, and be afraid. (1)

william_w_bush (817571) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266574)

Ooh, computers, terrorists, BOOM!

Be afraid of kids in net cafes, actually you know we should just censor the whole internet. Not like it really went anywhere anyway, it's mostly child porn. Do we really need that much spam?

Terrorists and movie pirates write all the world virus's you know, that's how identity theft works, they take your credit card number online and buy guns with it. I think we should just go to walmart, it's just more safe and american.

I mean before you just had to worry about all the 50 yr olds trying to have sex with your children, now you have to worry about them running away and becoming terrorists and suicide bombers? That's how 7/7 happened in britain, they all found this suicide bomb page on the internet and some kids made the bombs in their apartments. That's how these terrorists find kids to die for them.

Next week: How college brainwashes you into an atheistic communist radical.

I think it's fairly obvious what WE must do... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266579)

Since Slashdotters control the infrastructure of teh Intarweb, we must fight this communist^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Terrorist menace by shutting down the 'net RIGHT NOW.

All right everyone...on my count...
one...two...three

NO CARRIER :-) TDz.

Next step.. (1)

Ruie (30480) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266582)

..replicate the training, communication, planning and preaching facilities they lost in Afghanistan with countless new locations on the Internet.

They should also replace actual destruction with playing Batallion [uic.edu] - if anything the scale is greater and they will never be shot back at.

We're all terrorist if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266592)

1. We don't agree with a plan that will be issued tomorrow about Internet "security".
2. We protest at all in public.
3. Search the web for more reasons ~ Clippy

Here's one example (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266595)

Like this one [google.com]
Check carefully the results of that search and explore the links it returns. You'll not believe it unless you see it for yourself.

This scumbag is sharing services with an Afghanistan-centric website that has pictures of Jihadists using Stinger missles, RPG's and AK-47 machine guns.

And on the US site in question, Mr. Hal Turner works hard to convince his minions to go do violence here in America. He even brags about having easy access to illegal weapons and rocket launchers. Considering the Afghanistan connection he has, you have to wonder why is this man still preaching his hatred on the web??

Nice excuse... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266596)

to get even more control over the internet.

Re:Nice excuse... (1)

schatten (163083) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266640)

I agree.

I mean, how the heck did they get laptops and internet access? We're doomed!

Re:Nice excuse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266645)

bingo

I heard about that (1)

distortion311 (837453) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266600)

I was reading about this over on the distortionfile forum. The link is www.distortionfile.com/forum ir you wanna find out more on this.

What Does This Have To Do With Politics???!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266602)

I'm confused what this whole slashdot 'politics' section is supposed to be about. This story really has nothing to do with politics whatsover, Al-Queda getting on the Internet isn't a political issue, it's a news story.

I know this section was created for the 2004 Presidential race, but now it is some really weird mish-mash of issues that have nothing to do with US or world politics at all. It's supposed to be about votes or something, but then it looks more like a forum for anti-America bashing and Bush hating. What the hell does creationism involve your vote?

It's time for slashdot to end this politics experiment. It's been nothing but failure.

What does terrorism have to do with politics? (1)

students (763488) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266674)

Politicians (often) started it. Now politicians use it to obtain their goals [hem, oil].

huked on fonix werkd 4 me (1)

Leiterfluid (876193) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266605)

al WhatNow?

Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266614)

And now for the obligatory...

Just post links to the terrorist websites to /. so we can teach those evil-doers the meaning of a slashdotting!

But seriously, they can't be using huge, .edu-style servers, can they? We really could blow them all to hell, probably.

Re:Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266728)

Slashdotting is Terrorism!

Perfect article to prime the electorate... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266615)

...for new draconian legislation to pass in congress next week.

What will it be this time?

Copyright infringement sentences which are longer than sentences for rape?

Mandatory monitoring and archiving of all Internet communications?

Blanket ban on the use of any encryption or a mandate to escrow all the encryption keys?

A new criminal offense of "visiting subversive websites" which automagically renders the user an "enemy combatent"?

I can just hear them now

"The terrorists are using this newfangled Internet thingy to destroy our American freedoms - quickly, to the legislature!!!"

Humor aside, where is the news here? Terrorists use the Internet...come on!

In Soviet Russia, Internet uses YOU!

I wonder... (1)

Chemical Serenity (1324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266616)

... if when bin Laden dies / is captured / finally disappears, he'll be replaced officially by Emmanuel Goldstein.

--- EMERGENCY DISPATCH TO ALL CITIZENS WHO FREELY LOVE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM: THE MINISTRY OF FEAR ADVISES YOU TO INCREASE YOUR GENERAL FEAR LEVEL TO 'ABJECT TERROR' BUT AT THIS TIME GIBBERING IS NOT ADVISED. REPEAT, GIBBERING IS *NOT* ADVISED. THAT IS ALL. ---

Yeesh. Maybe they should have thought about the fallout BEFORE they trained and armed this guy. Makes you wonder whether those dudes they trained to slaughter nuns in Nicaragua are getting ready to march north.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266781)

Should we not have helped arm the Allies before 1942 because of the 'potential fallout'?

And next week in the Washington Post... (1)

sanx (696287) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266620)

And remember people, if you like this story, purchase your Washington Post next week for other exclusives: - Toilet habits of bears - Religious beliefs of the Pope - Bill Gates' views on Linux - Enron's financial position - GWB revelation that he's not a liberal peacenik I'd be more surprised to hear that Al Qaeda were not using the internet and cell phones.

University of Phoenix Online (0, Offtopic)

anandpur (303114) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266622)

Like University of Phoenix Online http://www.uopxonline.com/ [uopxonline.com] , will there be pop up ads?

This is news? (5, Insightful)

demon_2k (586844) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266623)

I might as well have read a post titled "Terrorists use the phone to communicate". You and I might call them terrorists but, they are still people. And people generally tend to use any piece of technology around them (assuming they are aware pf the technology and they are skilled enought to use it) to achieve their goal. They should not be underestimated and thought of as primitive because even they will adapt and develop new means and methods if need be.

This isn't new (3, Informative)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266625)

For anybody who wasn't tuning in at home before.

Al-Quaida stands for "The Base." It was a database of terrorist organizations, maintained by Bin Laden.

Sure, it had physical manifestations, but it has, from the very start, existed as an Internet entity.

Afghanistan was merely harboring a known terrorist when he was on the run (and he has been on the run a lot longer than most of us bothered to read about him). Al-Quaida merely had troops in Afghanistan protecting him.

If there were all there, Al-Quaida business would have stopped the second that we fought them there.

Re:This isn't new (4, Interesting)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266712)

Sure, it had physical manifestations, but it has, from the very start, existed as an Internet entity.

This is like saying Microsoft is an Internet entity. Its true, up to a point, but like every Internet entity it requires physical infrastructure to survive. Afghanistan wasn't just harboring OBL and giving him rack space for his servers, it also provided physical security and space for terrorist training camps for that certain tactical expertise you can't quite get from playing Counterstrike (he also had a $6 million house next to the Kabul airport -- gack, I wish I lived my life "on the run" like that).

Even to the extend Al Quaeda is a "brand"/"franchise system of terror" it relies on personal, face-to-face communication between the franchisees and a semi-centralized infrastructure. The London bombers, for example, got their instructions at a face-to-face meeting in Pakistan. (http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/LondonBlasts/story?id=9 40198&page=1 [go.com] )

Re:This isn't new (2, Informative)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266735)

I didn't say that any of that wasn't needed. What I said was, that this article is implying that there was a change.

There wasn't.

Al-Quaida joined a number of terrorist organizations. The same way that a virtual company might join a number of smaller companies.

There is still face to face interraction, but that virtual company exists merely to join the smaller companies, who provide the physical stuff.

IE, this is essentially how Al-Quaida worked before.

Let me be the first to say... (0)

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They already jihad my site (-1, Troll)

future assassin (639396) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266656)

Look what those ejihad bastards did http://www.hatefucker.com/ [hatefucker.com]

And Who Invented the Internet? (2, Insightful)

carterhawk001 (681941) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266663)

So your telling me that the terrorists who want to destroy us and everything we have accomplished are using the most globalized tool to ever come out of our research labs? Have they even stoppped to think about the fact that they owe this ease of communication to American ingenuity? They are all just a bunch of hippocrates, mean ignorant zealous hippocrates.

How long? (0, Troll)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266665)

Before the US declares war on the Internet?

Think I'm kidding? I thought my dad was kidding when he said "Iraq is next" after we went into Pakistan.

So... (2, Insightful)

mar1no (559482) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266672)

Where are these websites then? It'd be nice if they had something to show us.

Social Security Security (1, Insightful)

fsterman (519061) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266677)

All the more reason all American's should have to use their SSN's, fingerprints, and cornea to sign into any internet café. Why Bush hasn't payed MS to change every internet sign in to the centralized .NET Jesus only knows.
(chill, jk)

America needs you (1)

mofa (778994) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266702)

We are calling on patriots spreed movies and tv programs on p2p network braving the RIAA sanctions so to distract the terrorists from their evil plans, let's get them hooked on American Idol and use up their bandwidth and save the World !

This is old news (2, Funny)

deft (253558) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266722)

I saw the Al Quaeda myspace profile months ago.

So why haven't US based hackers attacked al-qaeda? (4, Interesting)

smashr (307484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266723)

Due to the distributed and international nature of the Internet, it just isnt possible for governments to take action against the publicly accessible al-qaeda sites. My question is this: why haven't US and UK based hackers taken action against these sites? It certainly seems like a slightly more productive use of time and energy than writing viruses.

End of the Internet as we know it (4, Insightful)

PineHall (206441) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266726)

This abuse of the Internet to sow hatred and terrorism will mean that governments will monitor the Internet much more closely, and will close down any web sites and stop any activities that are potentially dangerous. The Wild West Period of the Internet is definitely ending. There will be things you can and can not do. Like it or not the rule of law will be enforced with increasing strictness. (It is just like us humans to abuse a good thing.)

New (1)

stontu (886760) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266738)

new reasons to police the internet...my ass

come on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266743)

stop posting lame stories from washington post. this has been wide speculation for a long time. if the terrorists are using the internet for secure communications, how come letters to al-Qaeda/al-Zarqawi leadership in iraq are captured? wouldn't they just IM each other if this article was true? i believe the washington post is a back-end for the distribution of propaganda from the bush administration. could this scare people into signing a more harsher Patriot Act?

if you sent encrypted messages through IM/e-mail, wouldn't that raise an eyebrow? terrorists can make small, subtle remarks like how are you today? which could mean absolutely anything. or did you get the paperwork? = did you get our money we sent.

come on fellow slashdotters.. wake up and smell the FUD!

most terrorist sites get closed by webhosts.. who would seriously want to hear that they helped terrorists by hosting their sites?

Trend Setter (1)

SniperX (136257) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266756)

Great first terrorists.. whats next? pr0n? I would be shocked!

CON JOB (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13266762)

Give me a fucking break. It's all a con job people. Your MSM diet is fucking with your head.

A trained ape can know an awful lot (1)

De_Boswachter (905895) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266763)

The Digital Revolution
Oh my goodness gracious,
What you can buy off the Internet
In terms of overhead photography!

A trained ape can know an awful lot
Of what is going on in this world,
Just by punching on his mouse
For a relatively modest cost!


- US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Apparently, Rummy thinks the internet is a Bad Thing.

Using spam to disguise messages (1)

andy1307 (656570) | more than 8 years ago | (#13266782)

From TFA:
Sending fake streams of e-mail spam to disguise a single targeted message is another innovation used by jihadist communicators, specialists said.
First discussed on /. here [slashdot.org] .
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