September 16, 2008

Report: Blogger Thwarts al Qaeda 9/11 Anniversary Plans **bumped**

Final [?] Bump and Sticky Update: Drudge took the link down, so I think I can unsticky this.


Who are these bloggers who reportedly thwarted al Qaeda's 9/11 anniversary plans---with their minds? According to a report in the Hindustan Times it was ..... us:

Hackers prevented Al Qaeda from releasing a videotape to mark the seventh anniversary of 9/11. Al Qaeda has traditionally issued a video or audiotape by either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri, the terror network’s two leaders, to mark their massive terrorist attack on the US.

As-Sahab, Al Qaeda’s media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the words, “Wait 11 September”....

Sources close to US intelligence said, “Hackers knocked out Al Qaeda’s online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting anything to commemorate the anniversary.”

Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.

Both have been active in ongoing Internet battle between Islamicist hackers and their opponents.

Terrorism expert B Raman says, “I received word two days ago that it was possible the tape would not be released because of hackers.” He noted: “As Sahab is having problems. (Al Qaeda spokesperson) Adam Gadan, in charge of the website, has not been heard of for six months. There are reports he may have been killed in Pakistan.” He expects the tape to be issued three or four days from now. “Or they will send it to Al Jazeera.”

Cool. The force is strong with this Shackleford fellow and his band of Jawas.

My response:

A) I'm not a hacker, although I play one on TV.

B) Aaron is not a hacker.

C) News of my ability to thwart al Qaeda's online activities have been greatly exaggerated.

D) Neither I nor Aaron are responsible for the take down of al Qaeda's main forum and two of its sister forums. Reporting that they are down does not mean I'm taking credit. Neither does reporting on it mean that I even approve of taking down al Qaeda's main propaganda outlet.

But if I was responsible I'd deny it.

There are fatwas and there are fatwas, if you know what I mean. Taliban death threats? Those morons are all talk, no you-know-what. Been there, done that. Death threats from American al Qaeda supporters? Yawn.

But personally I'm not jonesing to be singled out by al Qaeda. Those guys are loco, man. Unless they promise to send Zombie Adam Gadahn to do the job. I'm down for going Night of the Living Dead on his ass!

E) Neither I nor Aaron know who is responsible. But we:

would say that even if [we] actually knew what was going on.

F) The reason that al Qaeda was unable to deliver its much hyped 9/11 anniversary film is as stated in the article: the forums were down. But other than that, I've no idea.

G) The downing of these websites by unknown parties is a major embarrassment to al Qaeda's main Pakistan/Afghanistan body which has been relegated to inspiring others to do the lion's share of killing the infidels. Their most important stronghold is not a cave in Waziristan. It is cyberspace where they promote their ideology and incite others to follow their path.

But apparently all al Qaeda's cyberspace are belongs to us.

Thanks to M.C. Hammer.

UPDATE: I've had some inquiries about donating to the Jawa team. There's a PayPal and Amazon link in the left column for those of you inclined to drop a few buck. Thanks in advance.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:59 PM | Comments |