Venezuela: Chávez Seeks to Censor Internet

Hugo Chávez is tired of your pokes, tweets and comments. If he has his way, a bill making its way through Parliament that includes restrictions on social media giants, will become law.

…The wording of the bill that would censor social networks calls for protecting citizens “moral and ethical honor”. As such, it would also control adult programming. It proposes applying limits on content in “electronic media” according to the time of day and would call on internet service providers to establish mechanisms to restrict nefarious adult content.

The bill comes at a time of turmoil for Venezuelan legislators as Chávez is once again seeking decree powers that would grant him special powers to enact laws as he sees fit.

via No More Pokes? Chávez Seeks to Censor Facebook, Twitter – Fox News Latino.

Some Venezuelans have protested outside the National Assembly.

Chávez has said the powers could extend up to 18 months. “The text of the law allows him to issue decrees across a wide range of areas including housing, land, finances and security“.


Venezuela: Chávez buys 20% of Globovisión and announces an Internet regulation

Hugo Chávez

The Venezuelan State has just “bought” 20% of Globovisión, although that would not change (for now) its political positioning, as the majority stakeholder will continue to be Guillermo Zuloaga. Globovisión is the only independent TV station, after the Government shut down RCTV.

The Venezuelan Government is also going to impose its “revolution” on Internet. As Venezuelan blogger Martha Colmenares writes, the Government wants to impose its hegemony in the media, and that includes Internet. So they have sent to the National Assembly a draft of amendment to the Law on Social Responsbility in Radio and RV to regulate “the Internet and reform aspects of the Law concerning the media in general“. It will be presented next week in the plenary sessions.

The amendment refers to all digital media, including websites and blogs, and the use of social networks such as Twitter or Facebook. As a result, all the messages that don’t support Hugo Chávez, that are against Hugo Chávez even occasionally or that show Venezuelan reality, will be affected by the new law. “This is just pure censorship“. And of course, the dissidents won’t go unpunished.

Internet: publishes MP death list (UPD) was named by Roshonara Choudhry in her police interviews as one of the sites which radicalised her. Choudhry was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to murder the former Labour minister Stephen Timms.

The site praises her as a “mujaahidah,” or holy warrior, saying: “We ask Allah to keep her safe and secure, to hasten her release and to reward this heroine immensely.”

It published a list of all the MPs who voted for the Iraq war together with an instruction to Muslims to try to kill them, saying: “We ask Allah for her action to inspire Muslims to raise the knife of Jihaad against those who voted for the countless rapes, murders, pillages, and torture of Muslim civilians as a direct consequence of their vote.” Continue reading

UK: Government to Track Every Email and Website Visit

I really don’t like this.

UK Government to Track Every Email and Website Visit:

“In December, the UK government Coalition came up with plans to monitor and track every email, and web site visit, as well as when, where, and to and from whom a text or phone call was made, for every Briton.

These plans were stalled last December by the Labour Government, but now the Home Office has decided to revive them, despite the Coalition Agreement to “end the storage of Internet and email records without good reason”.

There will be no “super database” as once thought, but many different service providers will store each Briton’s details for a certain amount of time. That way the security as well as police can track the phone calls, emails, text messages and website visits which each citizen makes, as long as they make the claim that there was a need to do so because of terrorism or crime.”

We’ll see whose data are going to be visible for the Govt: the ones of normal citizens or of criminals. Because the latter know how to avoid internet controls, but normal citizens are not worried about their trail on Internet.

Germany: Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites – The Local:

Foto: Imago (Msn).

“Police and domestic intelligence agencies are now investigating in both the city-state of Hamburg and the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after CDU officials said their party sites were paralysed overnight when hackers replaced their homepages with a black background featuring a Turkish crest and critical comments.

Hackers “GHoST61” and “Emre Y” had left their mark claiming responsibility for sabotaging the site, with the comment, “Hi Hamburg: We are from Turkey.”

In Hamburg the CDU took its website offline by mid-morning on Tuesday, spokesperson Anna Christina Hinze said.

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian arm of the CDU had a similar experience, discovering that their website had been replaced with an Ottoman Empire crest and some pointed questions about the party’s immigration policies. Their site was repaired by afternoon.

The hackers left a message asking: “Where is the money for integration? Where is the money for mosques?” and “Where is the tolerance? Where is the freedom of religion?“”

Does Turkey pay for non-Muslim temples? That’s somewhat strange if we consider that not a week ago Turkish Minister Faruk Çelik called Christians “kuffar. And they have a policy absolutely contrary to, for example, Constantinople’s Patriarchy, Turkish nationalists prayed in an ancient Armenian Cathedral and, lastly, there are some questions about Catholic priests murdered in the country, which haven’t been addressed.

That is called reciprocity and you can’t make others do what you aren’t prepared to do yourself.

Note: In the image it’s written “Between West and East. How well do you know Turkey?“.

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Syria: Press freedom threatened by fear and intimidation

We have a little bit of freedom,” said Khaled al-Ekhetyar, a 29-year-old journalist for a Web site whose business card shows a face with hands covering up the eyes and mouth. “We can say things that can’t be said in print.”
But that slim margin is threatened by an ever present fog of fear and intimidation, and some journalists fear that it could soon be snuffed out. A draft law regulating online media would clamp down on Syrian bloggers and other journalists, forcing them to register as syndicate members and submit their writing for review. Other Arab countries regularly jail journalists who express dissident views, but Syria may be the most restrictive of all.
Most of the Syrian media is still owned by the state. Privately owned media outlets became legal in 2001, as the socialist economy slowly began to liberalize following the accession of President Bashar al-Assad. But much of the sector is owned by members of the Syrian “oligarchy” — relatives of Mr. Assad and other top government officials. All of it is subject to intimidation and heavy-handed control.
The first level is censorship,” said Ayman Abdel Nour, the founder of, the independent Web site where Mr. Ekhetyar works. “The second level is when they send you statements and force you to publish them.” Like many other journalists and dissidents, Mr. Abdel Nour has left the country and now lives abroad.
Nothing surprising here, if we consider that Syria is a dictatorship (in which the power is inherited) and one of Iran’s best freinds.

Spain: Hackers crack website with striking set of images on heroin addicts in Kabul

Ataque inform�tico contra unas fotos de heroin�manos de KabulU – Noticias Nuevas tecnolog�as – e-not�cies (Translation: T&P)

A group self-called Islamic Ghosts Team (Islamic Ghosts) has cracked the website of the Sixth Biennial of Photography Miserachs Xavier de Palafrugell, leaving the all-black page with a single entry: the name of this group of crackers.

The biennial, which opened Sept. 11 and closes tomorrow, has eight exhibition halls spread over different municipality, including the photographer Alfonso del Moral (Valladolid, 1977), which presents a striking set of images on heroin addicts in Kabul.

Perhaps these photographs led the Islamic Ghosts Team to attack the web of the biennial, which at the time of this writing, is still hacked. A search on Google can see that the same group has carried out similar actions against other sites, including the ones of the Granollers Institute and the presidency of the Republic of Guyana.

Spain: Nightclub "Mecca" of Águilas (Murcia) reopens, gets threats by Jihadists, changes its name…

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“Spain is again in the line of fire of international Jihadism [NOTE: has Spain been sometime exempted from it?]. And truly. In the last 4 weeks the services of Information and Inteligence of the Ministries of Interior and Defense have reported on the important rise in the number threats made by radical groups against Spain in the main Internet websites linked to Al-Qaeda.

The last Jihadist net offensive was made last Wednesday: the radicals call for a boycott and to fight Spain after knowing that in Águilas a nightclub named “Mecca” was re-opened last June. Jihadists, even, threat with a great war between Spain and Islam’s people.

Experts from the Intelligence National Center and from the General Information Police Station consider that the net offensive has followed a growing path, reaching levels unknown since March 11th, 2004 bombings. Specially, they point to the recent threats made by the Jihadist web Atahadi Islamic Network, one of the most influential in the world. The web began to publish these kind of articles about Spain, after the frontier crisis in Melilla last August. The call of the “crusaders” (NOTE: well, of the Jihadist crusaders, if that can be concieved) to recover the two Autonomous cities, have evolved in other websites to threat Spanish presence in Afghanistan. Those same websites have relighted criticism after the murder of two Civil Guards and a translator on August 25th in the Spanish base at Qala-i-naw (NOTE: because as we all know, if someone kills you, you are the culprit, not the murderer. The victim was just in the line of the bullets…).

Spain has been under the scoop in these websites after the liberation of two Catalan voluntary workers kidnapped by the Maghrebi branch of Al-Qaeda (AQIM) or after Aznar’s visit to Jerusalem. This last week Jihadist comments against Spain have boosted even more after the arrest of Moroccan Faiçal Errai last August 26th, the administrator of “Ansar Al Muyaihidin Network”, a very well-known website among Islamic radicals throughout the world. Errai’s arrest and imprisonment -according to Intelligence sources- even caused the publication in those websites of the list of nuclear power stations in Spain.

And now, the campaign against the reopening of the nightclub, called La Meca (The Mecca). The threatening campaign has spread outside of Jihadist websites and videos against Spain have began appearing in massive channels like YouTube. In one of these recordings, they call for the boycott against Spanish interests while the Qu’ran’s Al-Hajj Sura is reproduced. The famous sura comes under the title of “Licence to fight” and it calls for the “demolition” of every “sacred place” where “God is named in vain“. In only four days, some of those videos, in Arab, French and English, have been viewed by a thousand people (NOTE: nothing compared to Lady Gaga…).

The jihadist campaign against La Meca happens at the same time in which the self-called “North Morrocan Civil Society Organization” (the same organization that called the protesters to block the Spain-Morocco frontier in Melilla last August) has written to the ulemas (doctors and scholars on Islamic law) to find out what is the relationship between PP (center-right party) and the Islamic associations of Ceuta and Melilla, “specially because this party promoted and authorised the name of “La Meca” to a nightclub in a beach city in Murcia, ruled by this extremist party“. 

As a result, there have been only internet threats against the nightclub and an attack to its official website. The website was hacked by a fundamentalist, who demands immediately the nightclub’s name is changed, warning that, if his demands are not met, there will be “a great war between Spain and the world of Islam“. The pirate, who announces new hackings, says that the nightclub’s name has “attacked the heart of all the Muslims in the world“.

Well, this would be called the “Disco War”, wouldn’t it? But instead of fighting with weapons, the brainless pirate will have to dance “Saturday Night Fever” in the nightclub… 
Err. No.
The nighclub, one of the most famous in the area in 80s and the 90s… with that same name, belongs to, among others, Spanish football player Santiago Cañizares (ex-goalkeeper). There will be a press conference on Friday between the owners and the Islamic community representatives. Meanwhile, they have asked the clients to suggest new names for the nightclub.

Unfortunately, the owners have already changed its name….

Generation Jihad Ep 3

Previous parts can be watched here and here.

It’s interesting that the notion of Jihad is an Islamic one, but they feel “outraged” at being watched but, as an imam says later, the community does not speak about Jihad. That opacity could lead to further attacks, because young people can consider that the truth is being hidden for them and that the only people speaking openly about the issue are Osama and Co. Meanwhile they are so worried about being objects of police scrutiny, they are not watching at potential terrorist wannabees.Smiley

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Terrorism: an Spanish national defends before a Judge that "the Mujaheedins can never be terrorists"

And again this has nothing to do with race or nationality, it has just to do with Jihadist ideology:

A man accused of posting videos on the internet and of writing more than 1,500 comments on the web allegedly glorifying Al-Qaeda, Gonzalo López Royo, defended last Monday in a court hearing, that a “mujahideen can never be a terrorist“, because “Islam is the religion of peace“. He compared mujaheedins with “Bosnians who defended their home, their wife and their sons“.

State Prosecutor Teresa Sandoval has asked for an 18-months prison term for López Royo and for Fath Allah Sadaq, also at court hearing this Monday, for “glorifying, justifying and giving publicity to Islamist terrorist organizations, persons and deeds” since 2006 in an English-speaking website. Despite it being of restricted access, it had, at least, 1,300 users per year”, according to an expert from the Civil Guard. The defense attorney is asking for a full acquittal of both defendants.

Both websurfers, of Spanish and Moroccan nationality respectively, acknowledged they publicized comments and posted videos about Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden and Islamic Jihad, although, according to Mr. López Royo’s statement, his intention “was not to support damaging anyone, but to comment news in a positive and constructive way, not glorifying anyone who is a bad guy”.

On the other hand, Mr. Allah Sadaq assured that he wanted to fight against “US censorship in the Iraqi war”, because Al-Qaeda was an interested part in the conflict and “also the only source of information”. He added he didn’t know he was committing a crime and that, when he knew it, he erased the images, three months before being arrested.

According to the State Prosecutor’s provisional conclusions, Mr. López Royo wrote about 1,500 comments claiming for the constitution of a Caiphate in Spain. He also acknowledged being the author of several drawings which were included in a video that Mr. Allah Sadaq made in June 2008 honoring Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader killed in Iraq.

During the court hearing, he pointed out that he was speaking of the “caliphate in an spiritual meaning“, because what he really defends is the “comeback of the old Spanish splendor“, in subjects like medicine, art or literature ( 😯 Was the caliphate the “old Spanish splendor”?).

Mr. López Royo, born in Zaragoza, assured that he is sided with the “families that suffer and the children that are killed”. He added that he wants to collaborate with some terrorists’ victims association to make everyone understand that he only wants to defend the victims. He also assured that he is “an Islam sympathiser” but that he is not a believer in Islam. “I condemn terrorism fully, ever (NOTE: except it is made by mujahideens who “can’t be terrorists”). I would be the first one to inform about a terrorist attack”, he underlined.

The State Prosecutor, later on, in her final conclusions, regarded as proved that both accused men “glorified, exalted and praised Al-Qaeda” and believes the accused’s allegations aren’t valid after the videos were seen on the hearing and the comments read.

Mr. López Royo’s defense attorney brought a psychiatric evalution which refers to the “mixed personality disorder” the accused has. The report also says that the accused “wanted to leave mediocrity and has failed” but underlined that he is “conscious of what he does but can’t conisder the implications of his deeds”.

The State Prosecutor remembered a post by Mr. López Royo, in which he mentions that “because of secutiry reasons, he would not post any personal drawing of Al-Qaeda in the webpage” told later that his drawing weren’t only simple portraits or cartoons and that when he worked about mujaheedins it was “obvious” he was glorifying them, so he was “very conscious” about what he was doing.

Mr. López Royo also told the judge in the hearing that since he was “10 year-old” he had been interested in geopolitical problems, reason why he had a lot of information in his home.

The accused, who used the nick “salaam 1420” and showed a photography of a man wielding an axe, fantasized in the website about being a “mujaheedins commander to maintain alive a prisoner during 30 seconds to see him swallowing his own blood”. He also said in another post that he had “bombed” his city with stickers that showed an AK-47 and encouraged “Maghrebi boys” to “support the troops” with the slogan “There is no god but Allah”.

He also posted four videos in the net dedicated to Chechen “guerrilla fighters”, the Muslims who are “suffering at the hands of the Infidels” in Afghanistan, Algeria (sic: are the Muslims suffering at the hands of the Infidels… in an Islamic state?) and Iraq and the “combattants” of the “Palestinian group Hamas”.

Mr. Allah Sadaq, on the other hand, made other videos in which he glorified terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden, Al-zarqawi and Al-Zawahiri and supported a terrorist attack by Jihadists in Ramada (Iraq). In his home, police found two books about Jihad’s teachings, dossiers about Al-Qaeda and drawings and cartoons related to ETA, GRAPO and other terrorist groups.

via Un español defiende en un juicio que “un muyahidín jamás puede ser un terrorista”.

Couldn’t this guy have left “mediocrity” by other means? :rol:

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Generation Jihad Episode 1

A truly interesting program about the ideological birth of Jihadis and their supporters. I know it’s one month old, but I just knew of its existence two days ago.

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Venezuela: Chávez will write a blog

Chávez has announced he will write a blog from his official residence in Miraflores Palace. He says he wants not only Venezuelans but also foreigners to read what he has to write. He wants everyone to comment, so he says they have to be prepared for all the comments he is going to receive. He wants also to answer “the enemy, a battle is a battle, an assault is an assault”.


It’s pretty interesting that someone who has called for Internet controls (Mashable titles Venezuelan President makes threat against the Open Web), wants to open a blog. Chávez has also several TV program, among others, the famous “Aló Presidente” and a radio program, “Suddenly Chávez“. Never was this cartoon truer than now:

Hugo Chávez

One last question: is it my imagination or this guy now has dentures? :mrgreen:

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Syria: 19-year-old blogger arrested

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Arab Network for Human Rights has denounced that in Syria a 19-year-old girl who wrote a blog in the internet, has been detained for the last 3 months and without allowing her to communicate with her parents.

In a press release, the NGO explains that Tal Al Melouhi was arrested on Dec 27th, her house was searched and her computer intervened by police. “Since that moment, her family has lost all communication with her, is not allowed to visit her and hasn’t been informed of where she is now”, it adds.

For the Arab Net, “arresting so young a blogger, who has just completed secondary education because of a poem who is not offensive to anyone and is not against the law, shows a profoundly implacable and clearly repressive and hostile attitude to freedom of expression”.

via Detienen a una bloguera de 19 años por publicar un poema en Siria – Libertad Digital.

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Internet: Iranian women’s rights website wins RSF online freedom award

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Google honoured the online journalists of the women’s rights website we-change on 12 March with the first “Netizen Prize”, a new annual award for those who defend freedom of expression online. RSF’s report on “Internet Enemies” was released on the same day.

via Global Voices Online » Iranian women’s rights website wins RSF online freedom award.

They are one of the supporters of the 1 Million vote campaign as says the video posted.

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Nigeria: Islamist video claims "the solution is Jihad"

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After the attacks that killed 500 Christians and before the last attack which has killed another 13, Islamists have called for more killings:

A video posted on a militant Web site calls for Muslims in Nigeria to use “the sword and the spear” to rise up against Christians in Africa’s most populous nation, according to a translation released Tuesday by a U.S. group that monitors militant sites.

The video on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum, a Web site sympathetic to al-Qaida, comes in the wake of a series of religious massacres and riots in central Nigeria.

The video shows television news footage and graphic images of those killed as a narrator tells viewers “the solution is jihad in the cause of Allah,” according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.

“Negotiations, dialogues and protests will not stop the advancement of the enemies and their massacres,” the narrator says.

“Nothing will stop them but the sword and the spear.”

via Weasel Zippers: Video Posted On Militant Web Site Calls For Muslims In Nigeria To Use “The Sword And The Spear” Against Christians….

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Venezuela: Chavez calls for internet controls

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“The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done. Every country has to apply its own rules and norms,” Chavez said. He cited German Chancellor Angel Merkel as having expressed a similar sentiment recently.

Chavez is angry with Venezuelan political opinion and gossip website Noticierodigital, which he said had falsely written that Diosdado Cabello, a senior minister and close aide, had been assassinated. The president said the story remained on the site for two days.

“We have to act. We are going to ask the attorney general for help, because this is a crime. I have information that this page periodically publishes stories calling for a coup d'etat. That cannot be permitted.”

via Venezuela’s Chavez calls for internet controls | Reuters.

But the web has other story to tell. It is an open web, you just have to register and you can begin commenting and posting. That is what has made possible that a new member, nicknamed “IR Presidente2012”, wrote that news. Only 168 minutes later the web cancelled the comments in that post and later erased it. In fact the news never reached the front page. Of course, that is not understood by Chávez, who only sees people plotting another coup d’etat in every place he looks.

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Jihad Jane: when the blogosphere hunts down terrorists

This is an update on this story:

Groups like JawaReport, Quoth the Raven and the YouTube Smackdown Corps claim they had been monitoring LaRose’s growing militancy for three years, and watched as the Internet — particularly YouTube — fed her fervor.

They also said “Jihad Jane” is not the only one on the Internet that the groups are monitoring.

“There are certainly many others out there who are more eloquent and appear to be more dangerous from the way they talk,” a man calling himself Rusty Shackleford told ABC News.

Shackleford described what is going on online between his groups and the extremists as “war,” and said to him there is certainly an “e-Jihad” going on.

“Anwar al Awlaki had a lengthy discourse on this a couple of years ago: 44 ways to support the jihad, electronic jihad being front and center,” he said.

“I don’t know that there is a front line in the war on terror. That might be part of the problem. It could be said the whole world is the front line, but the online aspect is certainly a central battlefield,” said Robert.

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Is Google letting NSA read Gmails?

The NSA and its predecessors also have a long history of spying on huge numbers of people, both at home and abroad. During the Cold War, the agency worked with companies like Western Union to intercept and read millions of telegrams. During the war on terror years, the NSA teamed up with the telecommunications companies to eavesdrop on customers’ phone calls and internet traffic right from the telcos’ switching stations. And even after the agency pledged to clean up its act — and was given wide new latitude to spy on whom they liked – the NSA was still caught “overcollecting” on U.S. citizens. According to The New York Times, the agency even “tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant.”

All of which makes the NSA a particularly untrustworthy partner for a company that is almost wholly reliant on its customers’ trust and goodwill. We all know that Google automatically reads our Gmail and scans our Google Calendars and dives into our Google searches, all in an attempt to put the most relevant ads in front of us. But we’ve tolerated the automated intrusions, because Google’s products are so good, and we believed that the company was sincere in its “don’t be evil” mantra.

That’s a lot harder to swallow, when Google starts working cheek-to-jowl with the overcollectors. The company pinkie-swears that its agreement with the NSA won’t violate the company’s privacy policies or compromise user data (Yeah, sure…).

via ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ Meet ‘Spy on Everyone’: How the NSA Deal Could Kill Google | Danger Room |

So, why so cautious and worried when a known criminal is searched but no one is worried about this? Why NSA is able to monitor everyone’s mail, without evidence we are taking part in criminal deeds, but if a criminal is caught in the act, his rights should be protected?

If you click on the link above you’ll see a very interesting photo related with this issue. We know that Google CEO supported Obama’s campaign. What if Bush would have asked Google to do this? Would they have agreed? Why is so good if Obama’s NSA reads our emails but it was so bad that NSA’s Bush listened to phone conversations of people linked with terrorism?

PS: I’m not for the violation of anyone’s rights, but I keep on considering the lack of protection normal critizens’ data have.

Cyber-Jihad: When the Jihadis get hacked

In the ever-changing conflict between the West and Islamist radicals, one front – the Internet – has emerged as a major battlefield. And, while in many areas of this frontier the Islamists strut about unchecked, one man, code-name th3j35t3r (“The Jester”), has made it his point to strike back with (cyber) force. As first reported by the security blog ThreatChaos, “The Jester” made a different kind of New Year’s resolution than most: to wage war on jihadist and pro-Islamist websites and forums by systematically disrupting their servers via denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.

Also unlike most, he has made good on his promise thus far – and there is no sign that he will let up.

“The Jester has been documenting his attacks against,,,,,,, [and], since the beginning of 2010,” according to the ThreatChaos report.

Research and reports by the Investigative Project on Terrorism have verified the radical nature of some of The Jester’s targets. In one article posted on the Islamic Awakening website, author Abuz-Zubair drafts an introduction to a piece by Osama bin Laden spiritual mentor, Abdullah Azzam, in which he chastises those who assert that jihad can mean anything other than armed conflict.

via Fr0m Th3 Cyb3r Battle L1nes: Who Should Lead the Charge? :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

I think they should taste what Islamic hackers do to non-Muslim and specially anti-Jihadi sites. Anyway, I hope they don’t find who this guy is…

UN: considering “Global Tax on the Internet”

As we are in a global economic crisis, the UN wants to… tax us all more:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a plan to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.Such a scheme could raise “tens of billions of dollars” on behalf of the United Nations’ public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.

The multibillion-dollar “indirect consumer tax” is only one of a “suite of proposals” for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO’s 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.

via U.N.’s World Health Organization Eyeing Global Tax on Banking, Internet Activity – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News –


I’m sure that multimillonaires and govt busibodies are not going to pay this tax… 🙄