Not once in this thread did I ever mention that "Al queda" has a website. Every time I mentioned an islamic militant website, I used the term
"Terrorist website" never implying that the site was owned, and maintained by Al queda. Infact in my second post I said:
If you're trying to locate actual Al Queda officers, issuing orders, chances are it's not found on message boards at all... most likely its
done through multiple layers of middle men, and cell phones.
Indicating to a degree, a lacking of Al queda presence on the web. To my knowledge al queda does not have an active website that they own, or
maintain. However it is KNOWN that they do have alot of media (in the form of video files of combat, interviews, recruiting videos, training files)
that they do move from server to server (mostly located in Saudi Arabia, and South East Asia). However their is no website to my knowledge.
Al Battar; their online training manual is some of that media that I mentioned above. They usually move it to a server (South East Asia ones are
commonly used for Al Battar), and then post the link on "terrorist website" message boards. It's the same thing that happened with the Nick Berg
video (which I also believe was found on a SE Asia server) they (The terrorist responsible) upload it to a server, and then post the link on their
supporters message boards.
These message boards can be found in various places, on different servers. They change servers frequently because they get shut down alot, to my
knowledge... an example of one of these "terrorist sites" according to SITE, is the palistinian islamic jihad
website. If I remember correctly I found the link to the Nick Berg video via this sites message board. Afterwhich it soon found it's way to sites
If you'ld like more info on Al Battar check out Laura Mansfield's write up on Issue 6 of Al
... infact if I remember correctly Issue number 7 had a bounty on George Bush's head, as well as Tony Blaires head. I'm not exactly
sure, it could've been a later issue.
I never stated that "no Al Qaeda operatives live in America or even speak/write/read 'American'". Thats putting words in my mouth.
I said that "The websites you go to find "terrorist" won't be american, I can assure you of that."
... as in
websites, (and the servers they originate from) will never be found in the US. It is
possible, but highly unlikely in my mind.
I couldn't tell you exactly why they don't use american websites, or servers; allthough one could easily assume that it's for safety reasons. If
your files are located half way across the world in some Saudi Server, it's sorta hard for the Feds to confiscate it without a hastle. If you look at
the majority of "islamic militant websites"/"terrorist websites" most if not all of them are located in either the middle east (mainly Saudi
Arabia), or South East asia (used quite often as well, which goes along with your "international thing"). To my knowledge, the only authentic
"terrorist websites" (or in this case media related to one), found on US servers was the "terrorist 007" incident, in which files were stored (by
remote access, I believe) on Arkansas DOT servers.
Yes, most of the beheading videos were found on "terrorist websites". As I said earlier with the nick burg file... the terrorist get the video to a
server, and then post the link on their supporters message boards. These sites I also consider "terrorist sites". These are the ones I feel serve as
an "early warning system, that I mentioned before.
You mentioned that you wonder who finances this operation. I honestly couldn't tell you... allthough I honestly don't think it's that hard. If Al
queda can manage to send terrorist to flight school to learn to flly planes, I imagine they could also send a terrorist or three to a cheap community
college for basic IT skills. Supposdley Al Queda has a fleet of about 12-15 freighters... If they can manage to fuel, operate, and maintain some large
ships, I wouldn't worry about their ability to operate, and maintain a couple of servers located through out the middle east, and south east asia.
Probly a couple in the US, and Europe for all we know too.
You also say that theirs no reason for these sites to exist? Why do you feel that way? The Irish republican army has had websites in the past (which
seem to all be 404 errors now)... hell even the Chechens
have a website...
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