March 20, 2007

Jihadi Sockpuppets Posing as Antiwar Vets

Informed Jawa Report readers have known that jihadis often pose as "Iraq War veterans" who are now against the war. It looks like the strategy is spreading. MEMRI:

Islamist Website Instructs Mujahideen in Using Popular U.S. Web Forums to Foster Anti-War Sentiment among Americans

“Invent Stories About American Soldiers You Have [Allegedly] Personally Known”

“Obviously, you should post your contribution… as an American… You should correspond with visitors to this forum, [bringing to their attention] the frustrating situation of their troops in Iraq… You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates… or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves…”

“Also, write using a sad tone, and tell them that you feel sorry for your [female] neighbor or co-worker who became addicted to alcohol or drugs… because her poor fiancé, a former soldier in Iraq, was paralyzed or [because] his legs were amputated… [Use any story] which will break their spirits, oh brave fighter for the sake of God…”

The real question, though, is why do the jihadis need sockpuppets when the American Left is so willing to do their work for them? Allahpundit has much more on this important and little recognized aspect of the online jihad. Pay special attention to his notes on Youtube.

In any event, you'll remember the now not-so infamous case of "Lee Tucker", which is a good illustration of the stategy. The jihadis of The Islamic Army in Iraq, to this day, have a website dedicated to a soldier who "recorded his thoughts on why the war was wrong" before he was killed and his flash drive, filled with anti-war rhetoric, was "posted to the internet". They also made a high production value propaganda video out of it. Of course, Lee Tucker is alive, well, and not anti-war. But that doesn't stop the IAI from posting their propaganda. To this day, their website dedicated to "Lee's Life for Lies" remains open.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:25 AM | Comments |