Since the digital age began, counterintelligence (CI) operatives no longer tail the "bad guys" from their homes to a town square, pub, or cafe to photograph and record them together and to find out who their target's accomplices are while they discuss jihad strategies and attack plans. CI ground agents simply cannot keep tabs on a group of men becoming increasingly radicalized while they meet online, for their targets literally become "lost in Cyberspace." The world wide web is so vast that the bad guys can easily operate undetected and hide among over 1,770,000,000 websites. And, the number of Cyber-hiding places is growing each second- click HERE to view the real-time growth of Internet websites...you won't believe it!
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Terrorist use the Internet for 9 major broad-spectrum applications:
- Jihad recruitment with unlimited geographical limitations
- Jihad radicalization
- Jihad planning
- Jihad training
- Spreading propaganda
- Steering visitors to moderate websites and forums, to entice them to visit more extremist sites with fanatic content
- Mulling over and sharing operational and tactical information
- Conducting reconnaissance and targeting
- Befriending “marginal” people and enticing them into becoming more radicalized
Anwar al-Awlaki played a significant role in the global al-Qaeda jihad. He was the "who's who" of jihad attackers against the West and his online social sites broadcast DVDs and taped sermons on jihad. Many of these sermons were found in the computers of jihadists, such as the US army officer responsible for the Fort Hood shootings, Major Nidal Hassan; the underpants bomber Abdulmuttallab; the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and the Boston Marathon bombers.
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He writes the online spy thriller "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form