SHOCKER: Five Americans Recruited for Jihad on Facebook and YouTube


Just kidding regarding the "shock." We've been studying this for quite some time.  Having originally learned about efforts to monitor, expose, and shut down sites primarily in the Web 1.0 environment from our friends at sites like Jawa Report and Internet Haganah, we saw a new frontier of problems in the Web 2.0 environment. Whereas many groups were just focusing on jihadist content, we saw just as many concerns with antisemitic content.

Besides the people already interested in these dangerous developments, very few even paid attention when we found and shut down the Mumbai terrorists on Facebook 

Since going public with our activities in May 2008, the JIDF has been responsible for finding, exposing and shutting down thousands of antisemitic and jihadist Facebook groups and pages, impacting hundreds of thousands of antisemitic and jihadist Facebook members.  We have also found, exposed, and shut down thousands of jihadist and antisemitic channels and videos on YouTube.  The evidence of our effort can be found all over our website.

Are we bragging?  No.  Our work is just a drop in the bucket of what must be done.  Our work needs funding in order to continue and to expand, or else we will continue to see antisemitism grow stronger and more problems of young Americans being recruited for jihad, as we see now:  

Washington Post:

Five Northern Virginia men who were arrested in Pakistan last week as part of a terrorism probe appeared in court for the first time Tuesday and were ordered held for up to 10 days of interrogation, Pakistani officials said.

The men, ages 18 to 24, traveled overseas just after Thanksgiving without telling their families, triggering an international missing-persons case. Police and intelligence officials have said the men were in contact for months with a Taliban recruiter and were trying to join up with al-Qaeda. They were hoping to work with jihadist groups and battle U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials have said. U.S. law enforcement officials are considering criminal charges against the men but have said nothing is imminent.

The five -- Ramy Zamzam, 22; Ahmad A. Minni, 20; Umar Chaudhry, 24; Waqar Khan, 22; and Aman Hassan Yemer, 18 -- are all Muslims from the Alexandria area. They were transferred Saturday from Sargodha to Lahore, where they were being questioned by the FBI. Pakistani officials had said they wanted more time to interrogate the men about their possible radical ties in Pakistan.
AP:
The detainees are accused of using Facebook and YouTube Web sites to try and connect with extremist groups in Pakistan and are said to have established contact with a Taliban recruiter. They have not been charged with any crime.

Please note, content which promotes hatred and violence is against the TOS of companies like Facebook and YouTube, which we have found, for the most part, to be extremely negligent in dealing with these serious concerns.  Facebook especially seems more concerned about targeting Jewish, pro-Israel advocates than they are about removing antisemites, Holocaust deniers, and terrorists from their platform. 

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