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Muslim Terrorists Use YouTube For Propaganda

From Fox News:

Islamic Terrorists Using YouTube to Spread Propaganda

Monday, February 12, 2007

LONDON — Anyone with an Internet connection can watch videos of bombings and sniper attacks against U.S. forces — shot and edited by Islamic militants and broadcast on YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing Web site.

With the global spread of high-speed Internet connections and the relative anonymity afforded by the world’s biggest and busiest sites, extremists have found a new theater to display violence and anti-American propaganda…

Until recently, videos shot by terrorist groups were posted predominantly on specialist Internet forums, which often only those knowing what to look for could find. But more are turning to mainstream sites like YouTube, which draw millions of visitors around the world each day.

"They can always bring down a video, but it’s very easy to create a new one. It’s like an uphill treadmill for YouTube," said Sajjan Gohel, director of international security at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, a counterterrorism think tank…

"Trying to uncover Internet meetings of terrorists is like searching for a needle in a haystack," he told the online magazine Netzeitung…

YouTube — owned by Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. (GOOG) — says it reserves the right to remove videos that users flag as unsuitable.

"YouTube has clear terms and conditions which prohibit, amongst other things, hateful content," the company said in a statement. "Our community has been highly effective in policing the site, and YouTube removes videos if our community flags them as inappropriate."

But like other video-sharing sites, YouTube generally takes down video only after receiving a complaint. Someone else can easily repost the video under a different account, and it would remain available until YouTube receives a complaint on that as well…

A recent search brings YouTube users to a video carrying the logo of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni insurgent groups including Al Qaeda in Iraq.

In the video, a man stands in a deserted field beside a blue car. Speaking in Arabic, he gives what he describes as his final testament before a suicide car bombing that he claims will target a U.S. convoy in Tal Afar, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad.

"I ask God this day to enable us to kill the infidels and to grant us the highest martyrdom," he says. "I dedicate a special greeting to sheik Abu Abdulla (Osama bin Laden), Sheik Ayman (al-Zawahri) and our Sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi."

Moments later, the footage shows what appears to be a checkpoint, followed by an explosion. The man shooting the film screams, "Allahu akbar. (God is great.)"

In another video entitled "Qanaas Baghdad Episode II," a man purporting to be an Iraqi sniper offers tips on attacking U.S. soldiers. As music plays, a group of soldiers stand at the side of a bustling, dusty street. The sniper locks on to one of them. A second later, the soldier falls to the ground.

The site had recorded 30,000 hits for the video since it was posted in November, according to YouTube’s view counter on the site. The video was removed from the site Thursday, but other videos showing sniper shootings of American troops were still available.

Such videos often touch off heated exchanges by viewers, such as one between users Sameerah and Helmycito.

"I follow Islam and what the Koran (sic) says. I dont (sic) follow these stupid idiots who think they are Muslim and kill innocent people which is against Islam," user Sameerah wrote.

"Do u call US soldires (sic) innocent people? why r they there? Kill them as they kill our bros and sisters out there," Helmycito replied…

The specific videos the article cites have now been (reluctantly) removed by Google. Of course if they had been anti-Islam or even pro-American they would have been pulled immediately.

Trying to uncover Internet meetings of terrorists is like searching for a needle in a haystack…

Hardly.

Any search of YouTube using "Pashtun" or a similar keyword returns dozens of similar videos that are still intact and working. Although most have their embedded code disabled, so you have to go to YouTube to actually view them.

Google wants the hits, you know.

But it’s worth a visit just to read the captions:

Pakistan army walks into Pashtun ambush

Porkies light flares to track & Murder Pashtun villagers but instead walk into an ambush. Death to every Porky.

6 Waziri pashtuns & 3Hazara attack paki army in pashtunistan

Attack on Pakistan Army who multiply like vermin on the blood of pashtuns, Balochis and Afghans!

And the comments are just as delightful:

Pashtunistan4life (1 month ago)

Dear street"paki"soldier123. We kill 25 pakis per day. I know that hurts you,but please come to Waziristan or Balochistan and we show you what we do to pakis if you don’t believe me. What are pashtuns doing on my videos? Kicking paki ass, same like my Balochi Videos! Live in denial Paki!

Pashtunistan4life (5 days ago)

Porkies have destroyed Afghanistan, Balochistan and Waziristan.They claim that Arabs and foreign fighters live in Wazir LOL ! No Foreigner and especially Porky is allowed here, this is pashtun ONLY land. If we catch you,you will just die no matter who’s side you are on.

"Porkies." What can be done with such people?

"YouTube has clear terms and conditions which prohibit, amongst other things, hateful content," the company said in a statement.

Google has no trouble censoring sites that mention "freedom" for their Communist Chinese overlords, or Neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial material for Germany.

In another video entitled "Qanaas Baghdad Episode II," a man purporting to be an Iraqi sniper offers tips on attacking U.S. soldiers. As music plays, a group of soldiers stand at the side of a bustling, dusty street. The sniper locks on to one of them. A second later, the soldier falls to the ground.

The site had recorded 30,000 hits for the video since it was posted in November, according to YouTube’s view counter on the site. The video was removed from the site Thursday, but other videos showing sniper shootings of American troops were still available.

Lest we forget, CNN was all too delighted to broadcast this very video.

Of course it’s only natural that they would want to celebrate and promote the accomplishments of their allies.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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