10,000 Extremist Sites on Web Today Versus 100 to Counter

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10,000 Extremist Sites on Web Today Versus 100 to Counter

By Emily
Created 2013-04-04 07:06
More than 10,000 extremist websites exist on the internet today compared to fewer than 100 sites countering them, an analyst told a conference which discussed the need to battle against this militant propaganda.

“In many ways, the terrorists are very successful in cyberspace,” said counter-terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratana, who heads the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore.

Speakers at the International Conference on Terrorist Rehabilitation and Community Resilience (RRG) said that it is imperative for moderate Islamic groups and governments to make a concerted effort to counter extremist propaganda on the internet. “It is very important for us to build in the next 10 years the capacities and capabilities to counter the increasing presence and the operation of these groups in cyberspace,” said Gunaratana.

Experts at the conference, which was attended by over 500 security analysts, academics and religious leaders, warned that social media outlets such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being exploited to spread extremist views. Moderate governments and religious leaders must keep pace with them to counter their arguments.

The keynote speaker at the conference, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that self-radicalization through constant exposure to radical views online was a “growing phenomenon.”  Lee said, “Jihadist sites and sermons by charismatic ideologue firebrands are just a mouse click away,” and also stressed the need for closer international cooperation against terrorism.

Most terrorist groups are now utilizing the internet to recruit, train and spread propaganda, especially “global brands” such as al-Qaeda. In the last year, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have all been used as vehicles for international and domestic terrorist communication. Google Earth has been used by al-Qaeda operatives to locate potential targets such as military recruiting stations.

Extremist websites are surprisingly easy to find and access. Some sites are published in English, and others offer quick translation for the interested reader. Many web pages look benign and unassuming and appear to be classified ads or an online directory, however, with one click, a window opens to the actual home page.

The sites invoke the call of jihad, contain bomb-making advice and even offer “webinars” for those who want to hear and interact with clerics and group leaders.

A Sarasota, Florida-based private investigator and self-proclaimed cyber-crusader

Bill Warner said that a popular extremist Internet site received nearly 19 million hits over the last 10 months. It is among a growing number of sites meant to incite would-be followers to join the ranks of extremist groups like al-Qaeda and provide them with information on how to carry out attacks and build weapons.

“This is what al-Qaeda does now,” said Warner.

He said the World Wide Web is where the real fight for global jihad is being fought.

Sites such as these are often hosted by ISPs in the U.S. because they have large bandwidth, making posting and viewing large videos easier. Due to the anonymous nature of the internet and foreign language content, these ISPs cannot provide sufficient screening and oversight.

Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) co-chairman, Islamic scholar Ali Mohamed, said cyberspace “is shaping up to be the new battleground for hearts and minds. RRG believes that this is one of our greatest challenges today, to deal (with) and counter the pervasive spread of terrorist ideologies and extremist views online.”

Meanwhile, terror groups are becoming more and more sophisticated and savvy in the use of the web.

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Egyptian Muslim Scholar: Christians Disgust Me

Egyptian Muslim Scholar: Christians Disgust Me

by: Raymond Ibrahim

(Note: In the above video of Badr’s comments, if the English subtitles do not appear, click on the “cc” (closed caption) option.)

Dr. Abdullah Badr—an Egyptian Muslim scholar, Al Azhar graduate, and professor of Islamic exegesis, who spent 10 years in prison under Mubarak, but, along with any number of Islamic terrorists and agitators, was released under Morsi—recently gave an excellent summation of the second half of the highly divisive Muslim doctrine of wala’ wa bara’ (or, “Love and Hate”)—namely, that the true Muslim should love and help fellow Muslims, while hating and being disgusted by non-Muslims.

This video was made during a conference last week where Badr explained how he is so “disgusted” by Christians, to the point that, if a Christian were to touch his cup, he would not drink from it, explaining that it’s “not a matter of piety but digest. I get grossed out. Get that? Disgust. I get grossed out, man, I cannot stand their smell or … I don’t like them. It’s my choice. And they gross me out – their smell, their look, everything. I feel disgusted, disgusted.”

Badr kept stressing that sharia law does not ban Muslims from eating food prepared by Christian, just that he personally is sickened by them.

Badr went on to explain that hate for Christians and other infidels, must come from the heart—as it does with him—and not be a mere matter of showing off around other Muslims.

Such is the Islamic doctrine of Love and Hate—a doctrine the West would do well to become acquainted with (see Ayman Zawahiri’s nearly 60 page treatise, “Loyalty and Enmity,” to use another translation of wala’ wa bara’, in  The Al Qaeda Readerp. 63-115, for a comprehensive review of this doctrine.)

U.S. Schoolchildren Being Taught U.S. to Blame for 9/11

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U.S. Schoolchildren Being Taught U.S. to Blame for 9/11

By Emily
Created 2013-03-28 10:08
Kara Sands, whose son is in the fifth grade at the Flour Bluff School District in Corpus Christi, Texas, became infuriated after reviewing her child’s homework and found within a quiz what she considered to be more than a questionable question with a shocking answer.

Question: “Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?” The correct answer from among four choices was, “Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.”

The quiz was based on a video presentation and is reportedly part of the school curriculum on 9/11. “When did it become okay to teach our children that the United States is to blame for the September 11th terrorist attacks?” Sands asked. “I’m not going to justify radical terrorists by saying we did anything to deserve that — over 3,000 people died,” Sands added.

After watching the video presentation, Mrs. Sands reports she was “shocked by its content,” which she says clearly blames the attacks on the United States. The mother met with school officials, who said they would review the material. One school administrator was very candid, and said that she agreed with the premise that the U.S. was to blame.

The school was using the video lesson to supplement the CSCOPE curriculum system that has recently come under fire. CSCOPE, is the producer of a controversial electronic curriculum management system that is used in 80 percent of Texas classrooms.  It has been accused of having developed an anti-American, anti-Christian and pro-Islam curriculum.

A recent controversy another CSCOPE-curriculum school in Texas involved a teacher in that Lumberton High School that made the female students in a geography class dress in Islamic garb including burkas.

The lesson was supposed to teach students about the life of women in Islamic countries, but made no mention of the fact that in many Islamic countries if women do not wear the burka, they are severely punished.

During a class discussion, the teacher asked the students how they perceived Islam. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism,” reported one student. “[The teacher’s] response was, ‘We’re going to change the way we perceive Islam.’ ”

The teacher told the students they should refer to Muslim terrorists, including those involved in the 9/11 attacks, as freedom fighters. The teacher also was also quoted as saying that she did not necessarily agree with the lessons –but she was required to teach the material.

The students were also required to write an essay in which they had to explain why Egypt’s current problems are a result of democracy and not because of the Muslim Brotherhood.

CSCOPE has also been heavily criticized by teachers and parents for its controversial lessons about religion. In one of them, Christianity is described as a “resurrection of pagan religions with the resurrection of Jesus Christ characterized as parallel with Osiris and Mithraism.” Christians are also accused of engaging in cannibalism and incest, while indulging in “love feasts” and the “Lord’s Supper.” While CSCOPE is zealous in its attacks against Christianity, critics say it finds Islam above reproach.

CSCOPE also includes lessons that ask students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and calls the Boston Tea Party an “act of terrorism.” CSCOPE is a state-based lesson planning guide intended to provide a “roadmap” for teachers.

Under CSCOPE rulings, teachers may only teach CSCOPE lessons and are not permitted to discuss its content with parents or other community members.

Another lesson plan prepared by CSCOPE is a worksheet on the Bill of Rights which names food and medicine as “rights,” not a personal responsibility. Sands said her son’s answer was marked wrong because he labeled food and medicine as the latter.

As a Texas parent, Sands said she is very concerned about what CSCOPE is teaching children. The Flour Bluff Independent School District released a statement defending the use of CSCOPE.

Several parents are reportedly planning to bring the issue up during the next school board meeting on March 28 and Sands is encouraging more parents to get involved.

“When I teach my children that you have to work hard and you have to earn a living and they go to school and learn something different I absolutely take issue with that,” she added.

See RadicalIslam.org’s related article Texas High Schoolers Indoctrinated by Islamist Curriculum

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