June 11, 2013

The CIA Likes To Watch

Yeah so we disrupted distribution of one issue of AQAP Inspire's for like on week.

U.S. intelligence operatives covertly sabotaged a prominent al-Qaeda online magazine last month in an apparent attempt to sow confusion among the group’s followers, according to officials.

... “It’s obvious if people are calling for crazies to murder a U.S. citizen, why wouldn’t you stop it?” said one former official, recalling the debate in which National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander argued on behalf of disruption.

In that case, the administration decided against action, in part because the CIA preferred to use the site to gather intelligence. In subsequent debates, the danger of an imminent threat “really made the difference” in terms of whether to disrupt issues of the magazine, according to a former administration official.

Its a bit early to be spiking the football on this methinks. Cause I dare say in its history Jawa Report has disrupted more terrorist propaganda than the entire federal government ever has, and that's taking into account that since Obama took office taking out online terrorist websites and videos with terms of service complaints has become much more difficult. Way more difficult than under the Bush administration.

Its almost as if someone is protecting terrorist websites and propaganda afraid that they'll miss something? But as we've seen allowing unlimited, unmolested terrorist propaganda to spread creates more terrorists than you can watch.

Its time the word was put out that if you host the propaganda of or advocate for a specially designated terrorist entity that you WILL BE TARGETED, DISRUPTED and prosecuted. Its also time to let providers who knowingly provide services to specially designated terrorist groups that the cost will be far more than what they earn by providing these services.

Of course there are certain high level forums where the intelligence value may outweigh the cost of a takedown. But for the vast majority of terrorist propaganda this is simply not true. In such cases what intelligence can be gathered should be done quickly, followed by offensive countermeasures to remove, disable, disrupt and humiliate the lower level terror propaganda.

The benefits, less terrorists being radicalized online, the rest of the cats herded so to speak. The downside, breeding resistant pests. Serious players will harden their sites and redouble their efforts, which yields a list of serious players.

See how this works?

Yes we can limit and thwart the propaganda of al-Qaeda. The problem is, for the most part we don't.

By Howie at 12:06 PM | Comments |