March 22, 2012
France to Go After Jihadi Websites
Nicholas Sarkozy: The Jawa Report's biggest fan:
Sarkozy argued that it was time to treat those who browse extremist websites the same way as those who consume child pornography....Amen brother. It is -- literally -- the same argument I've been using for years.
"Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison," he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. "What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too."
The critics of Sarkozy's proposal are already claiming that any one who now visits a jihadi website will be jailed. But I don't think that's the case at all. They're looking for regular visitors to jihadi websites, not the casual lookie-loo. The key words here being "regular visitors".
I'll note that the Forsane Alizza internet group, of which Mohammad Mera belonged, had 415 members. And that's just a single online extremist group. There are many more that cater to French speakers.
And even though France had outlawed the group, they continued to carry on their activities online. Banning organizations that support terror rings hallow in the internet age. So, we can't assemble together physically? We'll just get together online!
If you don't understand that cyberspace shares many of the characteristics of physical space, you've already ceded this important territory to the enemy.
Of course, Either Sarkozy doesn't realize the scale of the problem and he'll backpedal when he realizes that thousands of his citizens visit extremist websites, or it's time to invest in whatever French company makes striped uniforms.
H/T: Ace, who has the lowdown on the "serial killer" angle.