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Posted on 03/14/2007 7:10:06 AM PDT by IsraelBeach
Does Wikipedia Support Terrorism?
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem ----- March 13, 2007 .... The Israel News Agency has discovered some very disturbing facts about Wikipedia, the online interactive encyclopedia. After reading the following documented facts, you decide whether or not Wikipedia promotes terrorism.
For almost a year people have been asking me why Wikipedia targets people such as pro-Israel attorney Alan Dershowitz, USA TODAY editorial page editor John Seigenthaler, Internet pioneer Arnon Katz and pro-Israel news organizations such as the Israel News Agency.
In response, I really scratched my head in bewilderment. Especially given that some of those who attempt to attack and discredit Israelis and Israeli organizations are Jewish and Israeli.
As of this date, almost every university, academic researcher and respected journalist have learned that Wikipedia is not a source to be relied upon. As the New Yorker Magazine stated: "When confronted with evidence of errors or bias, Wikipedians invoke a favorite excuse: look how often the mainstream media, and the traditional encyclopedia, are wrong! As defenses go, this is the epistemological equivalent of But Johnny jumped off the bridge first. Wikipedia, though, is only five years old. One day, it may grow up."
As recently as this month, new revelations as to the severe lack of credibility arose.
A Wikipedia administrator who stated that he was a professor of religion with advanced degrees in theology and canon law, was exposed as a 24-year-old community college drop-out. The editor, who called himself Essjay, was recruited by staff at Wikipedia to work on the sites arbitration committee, a team of expert administrators charged with vetting content on the online "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit". But no-one apparently vetted the credentials of Essjay who edited 20,000 Wikipedia entries. In fact Essjay was actually Ryan Jordan, a 24-year-old from Kentucky with no advanced degrees who used texts such as Catholicism for Dummies to help him correct articles on the penitential rite or transubstantiation. He was unmasked after the New Yorker magazine ran a long feature on Wikipedia. The piece described him as a "professor of religion with a PhD in theology and a degree in canon law" and noted he was serving his "second term as chair of the mediation committee" which rules on disputes over information posted on the site.
"Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia, has issued a free pass to a Wikipedia editor who lied about his background" says ZDNet. "In an incredible contradiction, Wales said of Wikipedia editor and Wikia employee Ryan Jordan (nee "Essjay"): "I accepted his apology, because he is now, and has always been, an excellent editor with an exemplary track record. An excellent editor doesn't lie about their background. An excellent editor goes on the record and does not, as Wales contends, need a pseudonym to protect himself from critics. Yet, here is what Mr. Wales told reportedly said through a Wikipedia public relations officer, according to The New York Times: I regard it as a pseudonym and I dont really have a problem with it."
So where the founder and CEO of Wikipedia has no problem about his editors lying to the public, he also has no problem with his editors supporting and inciting acts of terrorism.
Nowhere will you ever find Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah described as terror organizations by Wikipedia. Wikipedia will quote the US State Department or the United Nations Security Council as saying that they are terror groups, but Wikipedia itself will only describe these organizations as "militants."
As the Israel News Agency was being deleted for the third time by Wikipedia's second in command Danny Wool (the Wikipedia community actually voted to keep the INA) for being critical of Wikipedia's lack of accountability, we discovered a Wikipedia administrator who proudly embraces and defends terrorism, or as he puts it "paramilitary actions." User:El C quotes Lenin stating: "Parliamentarism does not eliminate, but lays bare the innate character even of the most democratic bourgeois republics as organs of class oppression - Lenin."
When I first viewed User:El C page on Wikipedia I got a very bad gut feeling. My instinct said that something was wrong, very wrong and radical here. But I did not act upon it.
EL C which stands for the "The Communist," has very close ties to Israel translator Gili Bar-Hillel who goes by the Wikipedia user name Woggly. Gili Bar-Hillel is also an administrator on Wikipedia who is responsible for deleting several Israel news organizations, personalities and conferences. The latest Israeli event for which this Tel Aviv translator of Harry Potter books is responsible for deleting is Kinnernet - the most prestigious international conference of Internet and hi - tech players. KinnerNet was founded and is organized by ICQ creator Yossi Vardi and is sponsored by several global, leading hi-tech and VC firms such as Cisco and Genesis Partners. Bar-Hillel censors with the tag team cooperation of Guy Chapman, another Wikipedia administrator who states that the Israel Government Press Office is nothing more than "propaganda" and that Google News is not a reliable source for news.
If Wikipedia policy for content is coming from Wikipedia user EC C and then supported by Wikipedia CEO Jimmy Wales - we have a problem.
I am not a liberal. Nor am I a conservative. I best view myself as a moderate - being able to view a variety of issues sometimes as either a liberal and others as an uncompromising conservative. But one area for which I will never compromise on is the slaughtering of innocent civilians. That is terrorism, something that EL C, Gili Bar-Hillel, Wikipedia user Slimvirgin Linda Mack aka Sarah McEwan, Guy Chapman, Jimmy Wales and Danny Wool illustrate in their Wikipedia user pages, edits, deletions to support.
If EL C holds true to his colors and the use of weapons for murdering civilians, then we must connect the dots. He and others in the highest positions at Wikipedia are editing material without accountability. If communist and present day Russia supports Iran and China with weapons, which in turn supplies weapons and rockets to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups in blowing up trains, restaurants, buses, shopping centers and commercial buildings (September 11) - then now we can understand why anything which is deemed as conservative or even mildly moderate is being blocked, banned, censored and deleted at Wikipedia.
In censoring the Israel News Agency, Israel's first government accredited on-line news service established back in 1995, Wikipedia joins the ranks of such notable censoring countries and organizations as Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, China, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, the PFLP, Hizbullah and the Palestinian Authority.
The move to censor the INA, which has a reach of over 60 million readers (Alexa.com) was made unilaterally by Danny Wool. The Israel News Agency, a non-profit organization, directly communicates advisories from the Israel Government Press Office, the Israel Foreign Ministry, the Israel Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces. The INA has been credited with many exclusives including Al-Qaeda : The 39 Principles of Holy War, reports directly from the scenes of the Passover Massacre in Netanya, Israel, the Tel Aviv terror attack on the Dolphanarium, the 9/11 terror attack in New York and the recently sponsored Israel SEO contest to address the Holocaust cartoon contest which was coordinated by the Iran government. The INA has served as a news source to Google News since 2002.
Yet, according to Guy Chapman, the INA is merely "propaganda."
If the INA is truly propaganda and as such is having it's news links stripped at Wikipedia by Guy Chapman, EL C, Danny Wool and others so then we ask one simple question? Why is Al Jazeera allowed to have both an article and its links are being used as resources? Is this discrimination or Islamic terrorism being hosted by extreme socialists on Wikipedia?
Wikipedia, which is described as the encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is now being edited by many who support extreme socialism, communism, radical Islam and terrorism. There is nothing stopping any Islamic terrorist from waging both digital image warfare and real-time physical terror attacks by editing on Wikipedia. That the US State Department has come out openly endorsing Wikipedia only says that the CIA wants Islamic terrorists to edit Wikipedia, believing that they can then monitor such activity on Wikipedia. So, is Wikipedia a front for the CIA, NSA or is it truly a dangerous online media vehicle which aids terrorist propaganda and activity? Or perhaps both.
And Wikipedia's for profit Wiki Inc. now declares that they want to destroy both Google and Yahoo for complete dominance of the Internet.
That Wikipedia - the world's 12th ranked Website, whose management supports EL C and provides open, extreme exchanges which bash the very foundations of democracy and censor the free press i.e. - "we (Wikipedia administrators) got them (moderates / conservatives) what fun" should be a warning to us all.
Hasn't the world figured out Wikipedia is a joke?
LOL, sounds like someone got their feelings hurt when their article (which they wrote about themselves in violation of site policy) got deleted.
Sometimes their info is accurate, and sometimes it isn't. The trick is to not use it for your sole source of information on any subject.
As recently as this month, new revelations as to the severe lack of credibility arose. ... So where the founder and CEO of Wikipedia has no problem about his editors lying to the public
Talk about credibility. This article stops right in the middle of the controversy, failing to mention that Essjay had to leave Wikipedia after Wales found out he was actually using those credentials in disputes.
Truly, old media calling Wikipedia unreliable is a pot/kettle situation.
I guess this guy doesn't understand the basic Wiki concept.
Yep, what the author should have done is corrected the article.
Essjay, who has apparently resigned from Wikipedia as well as from his position at the affiliated for-profit Wikia, made an impassioned entry last week, discussing his "decision to use misinformation to protect myself".
Essjay says he's "not sorry" he protected himself, was right to do so, and had resounding support for his position.
Sorry Essjay, but while using a nom de plume may be an acceptable way of protecting yourself, claiming to be an authority figure with multiple degrees when you are not, for the purpose of having your work accepted by the public, is not protecting yourself. It's fraud.
The reason for Wales' initial "so what?"
claiming to be an authority figure with multiple degrees when you are not, for the purpose of having your work accepted by the public, is not protecting yourself. It's fraud.
The reason he's now out of Wikipedia and Wikia. The article completely missed this part.
He was dismissed because they already went through his articles and found the instances of him using his fake credentials to enforce his view.
But getting back to the focus of the story - terrorism - it is very clear that extreme left wingers operate Wikipedia
They definitely do. I don't trust Wikipedia for anything that could have a political slant.
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