March 11, 2010

Jawa, Smackdown in New York Times

Hey, and they didn't even call us "internet vigilantes" this time. That's progress, I guess:

But Ms. LaRose’s militant leanings were not a surprise to everyone. A collection of anti-jihadi Internet activists have been following her postings at least since September 2008.

One forum where activists tracked her was My Pet Jawa, where volunteers research Web sites they believe are tied to Al Qaeda or other militant groups and pressure Internet service providers to stop hosting the sites. The founder of the site, who requested anonymity because he said he had received death threats over his work, said Ms. LaRose was unlike most of the militants he tracks.

She made little effort to hide her true identity, he said, and she seemed to be using the radical sites almost as a dating service. “It was like she was looking for a soul mate,” he said.

On one Web site, Ms. LaRose corresponded with a man between December 2007 and February 2008 about her loyalty to jihad and her desires to marry him as soon as she could travel to see him. On another, Ms. LaRose sought advice in December 2007 about how to bring an Egyptian boyfriend, with whom she had been corresponding for more than a year, to the United States for the holidays.

Another Web group, YouTube Smackdown Corps, said it had also been tracking Ms. LaRose and complaining to the authorities about her YouTube postings for two years.

Of the 27 or so YouTube videos Ms. LaRose posted, most were training videos or violent scenes that she had lifted from jihadi Web sites. On Wednesday, all of Ms. LaRose’s videos had been removed by YouTube.

27 videos? Let me correct that. I think the reporter misunderstood. Colleen had at least 27 known YouTube accounts, each of them with many videos on them, and all of them shut down because of the work of the Smackdown Corps.

Actual conversation with New York Times reporter:

Reporter: So, why won't you be more specific on the name of the forum that Jihad Jane used to hang out on?

Jawa: No offense dude, but you're with The New York Times, an organization who's sense of discretion I don't have a lot of faith in.

You guys know how to keep a national security secret about as well as a D.C. hooker on China's payroll.

Okay, I may have made up that last part.

UPDATE(Matt Damon) I want to touch on something written in the Times piece Rusty mentions....they called US volunteers.

One forum where activists tracked her was My Pet Jawa, where volunteers research Web sites they believe are tied to Al Qaeda or other militant groups and pressure Internet service providers to stop hosting the sites. The founder of the site, who requested anonymity because he said he had received death threats over his work, said Ms. LaRose was unlike most of the militants he tracks
I and everyone on Jawa were drafted for this fight on the morning of Sept 11 2001.....when they attacked us that morning...... they wanted a fight that morning.... we gave it back to them in spades and then some..... we will do our part in hunting down everyone of the bastards .

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:17 AM | Comments |