Terrorist Websites Aided by U.S. Firms

Enom,Inc., a Bellevue, Washington-based company, provides registrar and whois protection services for Hamasonline. The Dread Pirate Bluto has the details here.

Enom, Inc., also provides services for 357 Hosting--a Dutch company with ties to terrorists--including the Taliban. A couple of days ago we also pointed readers to this post by Dan on the possible symbolism used by 357 Hosting and its connection to 911.

All of this leads me to believe that both the FBI and CIA are operating in pre-911 mode when it comes to dealing with the presence of terrorist organizations on the internet. These sites should be treated as military targets and taken down. Instead, the FBI treats terrorism on the internet as a criminal matter.

Posted by: Rusty at 11:32 AM


1 "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer."

Explain to me how it is a bad thing to have anyone interested in supporting or joining Hamas send their ip addresses and with it, their real world physical locations to a website hosted in America?

Posted by: ADMIRAL Rusty Shackelford at March 30, 2005 01:17 PM

2 Except that they use internet cafes and libraries to upload their propaganda. Hence, the IP addresses are not as nearly as important as you might initially think.

Again, that is pre-911 thinking. This is not a criminal investigation, it is a war. In war, you take out the assets of the enemy.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 30, 2005 01:31 PM

3 " Instead, the FBI treats terrorism on the internet as a criminal matter."

A subpeona would get the info from the registrars, would bust the "whois protection" service.

Posted by: actus at March 30, 2005 01:47 PM

4 I think- or hope at least- that you are misunderestimating our spooks.

Deception is vital to defeating a guerilla opponent. There are some strategies that only work if the opponent is unaware of the strategy.

I really want to say more because I like being right, but winning this war is more important than me being right, so patriotism requires discretion on this issue.

Posted by: ADMIRAL Rusty Shackelford at March 30, 2005 01:50 PM

5 I wish I was. I don't think I am. I will be publishing some pretty shocking stuff about this pretty soon.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 30, 2005 02:08 PM

6 Let's see now ... terrorist linked sites posting with abandon while the FEC is ruminating over rules to shut down any American that blogs about any issue that may have political connotations ...

yeah, that's the ticket ...

Posted by: Darleen at March 30, 2005 08:27 PM

7 Report it anyway, Rusty; that's our job. I would love a job with the FBI or CIA or even for Missing Children. They are using people at home, like myself, on the computer, to find these bastards. Maybe they just don't know it, Rusty, so again, I say report it and see what happens. We have got to stop them from communicating.


Posted by: firstbrokenangel at March 31, 2005 09:39 AM

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