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Posted on 03/26/2006 5:13:04 AM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidgetEdited on 03/26/2006 6:10:41 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
For almost two years, intelligence services around the world tried to uncover the identity of an Internet hacker who had become a key conduit for al-Qaeda. The savvy, English-speaking, presumably young webmaster taunted his pursuers, calling himself Irhabi -- Terrorist -- 007. He hacked into American university computers, propagandized for the Iraq insurgents led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and taught other online jihadists how to wield their computers for the cause.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
They should kill him just for hacking.
March 1, 2006: Me and Terrorist 007:
Tracking a terrorist through cyberspace
By Laura Mansfield
Its been two years since I first locked horns with a cyber jihadi by the name of Terrorist 007.
I was working as the assistant director for the Northeast Intelligence Network (NEIN) and a writer for World Net Daily when I ran into Terrorist 007, or Irhabi 007, on the old Ansar forum, an Arabic language message board frequently used by Al Qaeda sympathizers. (I've since left NEIN and am now on my own at LauraMansfield.com.)
Irhabi 007 was bragging about his hacking abilities, in an attempt to weasel his way into the in crowd of vetted jihadis. Over the next few months, I watched as Terrorist 007 began to establish himself as an expert, and gain the respect of the fellow jihadis.
My friend Jill St. Claire and I began building a dossier on 007, just as we were doing on Abu Banan, the apparent director of Global Islamic Media.
One thing that stood out about Terrorist 007 initially was that he posted primarily in English. He was apparently learning Arabic, because over the next two years, he began to shift to posting more and more in Arabic.
As time went on, 007 became more and more brazen. He began to post links to cracked commercial software programs, as well as to various jihadi audio and video propaganda files. He gradually began to expand into posting detailed instructional material on making suicide bomb vests, improvised explosive devices, and other terrorist tools.
007 was always one of the first to post links to Voice of Jihad (Sawt al Jihad) and Al Battar, publications created by Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia) and distributed by Global Islamic Media.
Over the months, it appeared that 007 was making inroads into an inner circle of internet jihadis, including Abu Banan.
007s identity was elusive. At times he claimed to be in the United States; other times he claimed to be in the UK. His tendency to use British spellings of words led credence to theories that he was in the UK.
As time went on, Terrorist 007 continued to amass a huge collection of Al Qaeda propaganda films, and as one website after another was pulled down by authorities, he began to appropriate server space belonging to unsuspecting companies and institutions who left open doors on their webservers by enabling anonymous FTP uploads. One of the first to be appropriated by 007 was a server at George Washington University in Washington DC.
When Nick Berg was beheaded in Iraq in April 2004, Irhabi 007 had one of the most extensive collections of links to videos of the beheading.
The bandwidth storm that followed the release of the beheading video combined with the public outcry over the brutality of the murder brought down the Ansar website as well as several other jihadi forums; others went to a password protected mode to limit access.
By the time American hostage Paul Johnson was kidnapped and beheaded in Saudi Arabia in June, 007 was an integral part of the network responsible for distributing the video films, borrowing server space from an unsuspecting California company, slipping in through the anonymous FTP security hole.
It was only a few weeks later that I discovered Terrorist 007 borrowing web space from the State of Arkansas. I made the discovery during my weekly terrorist update on Ernie Browns syndicated radio show America at Night while checking jihadi sites for last minute updates.
When I noticed that 007 was posting jihadi material on the servers of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, I immediately notified the authorities through the chain of command at the Northeast Intelligence Network
But since that rarely brought any results, I also went directly to the media, tipping off a friend at CNN about my find.
The initial press release from NEIN has been removed from their servers, but can be accessed through their Google cache here
A more extensive set of links that NEIN published is located here
Among them were files highly sought after by jihadis, including the al-Qaida films "Badr al Riyadh," "American Hell in Iraq," "Russian Hell," "Martyrs of the Confrontation" and "Wills of Martyrs." Other files posted included the beheading video of Nick Berg, as well as audio and video clips of various al-Qaida leaders, including Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi.
The files were located at ftp://www.ahtd.state.ar.us/ incoming/GIS/007 and at ftp://www.ahtd.state.ar.us/ incoming/GIS/ALQA3EDAH
Within hours, the FBI had confiscated the server. The ensuing publicity brought me to the attention of Terrorist 007. He began posting to me in English on the jihadi forums, and at one point he even told his cyber friends that he planned to find me and marry me.
In late summer of 2004, 007 informed his buddies on the boards that he was going to be going on a trip to the Bahamas, and advised them not to worry about his absence from the boards. In a couple of weeks, true to his word, Terrorist 007 was back on the boards.
He began expanding his horizons, putting up numerous websites containing extensive libraries of both propaganda videos and audios, and of instructional materials teaching terrorism techniques, how to make more and more destructive killing devices, and basic hacking techniques as well. For many months, Terrorist 007 was a source of WAREZ, pirated commercial software. At one point, the ever helpful 007 posted ripped copies of Arabic language translation software to help those who needed assistance in translation!
By spring of 2005, 007 was feeling the bandwidth pinch again, and began stealing credit card numbers to use in purchasing domain names and web hosting for his websites. His favorite technique seemed to be keystroke loggers. On many occasions, my virus protection intercepted attempts by 007 to download a keystroke logger to my company as I monitored his websites.
In May and June 2005, 007 had posted maps of the London transit system, as well as photographs of various tube terminals in London on his websites. It is unknown at this time if there was any connection between these posts and the London bombings in July 2005.
Then, last fall, shortly after Joel Hinnrichs committed suicide with an explosives vest at Oklahoma University, Terrorist 007 abruptly disappeared. Some analysts even speculated that Hinnrichs was 007, although that seemed unlikely. It seemed more likely that 007 had disappeared from view, and was actually using a cyber alias. This theory gained credibility after law enforcement discovered that Hinnrichs had downloaded the instructions for creating his explosives from one of 007s websites.
His absence was noted on the jihadi boards; many of his fellow jihadis speculated that he had gone to Iraq to participate in the jihad there.
What we know now is that Terrorist 007 was arrested in October 2005 near London. His real name is Younis Tsouli. His arrest came as part of a series of arrests that began with a raid in Bosnia. Tsouli had apparently been in email contact with the men arrested in that terror raid, and in late October, British police arrested Tsouli and two other men under the Terrorism Act.
Tsouli was charged with ten charges including conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause an explosion, conspiracy to obtain money by deception, fundraising and possession of articles for terrorist purposes. Police allege that Tsouli and his coherts intended to detonate a huge car bomb in central London.
A senior Scotland Yard source said: "We are convinced that if we had not acted swiftly a massive bomb, designed to kill and maim hundreds of innocent people, would have been set off in London, probably before the end of the year and possibly during the Christmas rush."
According to the Sunday Mirror, the Tsouli is accused of the following:
# Possession of a video showing how to make a car bomb.
# Possession a video showing a number of places in Washington DC and including a CRBN (chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear) vehicle.
# Conspiracy to murder.
# Conspiracy to cause an explosion.
# Conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, conspiracy to obtain money by deception and other offences under the Terrorism Act.
As law enforcement began to examine Tsoulis computer, they found pictures of several locations in Washington D.C., according to Scotland Yard, as well as computerized slides demonstrating how to make a car bomb and a DVD explaining how to create a suicide bomber belt.
From other information on the computer, police realized that they had managed to finally apprehend the elusive Terrorist 007.
The role that Irhabi 007 played in the growth of the global jihad should not be underestimated. He was very active in recruiting new members to the jihad, and provided valuable expertise to the group. His tutorials on how jihadis can conceal themselves through the use of anonymous proxy servers have no doubt helped many terrorists elude detection over the last several years.
The instructional material he provided has almost certainly resulted in the deaths of innocents.
Terrorist 007 is now in custody. But dozens of his followers remain, and several have already begun to carry on where he left off.
Yep, and he death should come from beheading.
Isn't it so nice what the Jihadi do with their welfare provided college educations? Rattle snakes make poor pets.
Portscanning a range of IPs on port 21 and testing for anonymous login acceptance is not "hacking". That's just taking advantage of something the sysops, for some reason, allow.
Calling this guy a hacker is an insult to those who can really bust your chops, even when properly configured.
If the evidence is definitive and if he receives a typical British "life" sentence; I hope they will hand him over to the countries that can link him to violence.
You need to direct that comment to Rita Katz Michael Kern of the SITE Institute who is responsible for the 'Terrorist 007, Exposed', WAPO article.
Laura Mansfield, who did the original research and original article in post 3 didn't refer to Irhabi 007 as a hacker.
'Tis true. Republican women are the life of the party and, more importantly, the lifeblood of the party. Here are these 2 women discovering, documenting, researching, presenting, .............
Correct. My comment was directed more in general at the thread topic, not you or the author or your post. I replied to #3 because it was the one which indicated the methods used.
We should treat this war like the war it is. One without borders or uniforms.
Why doesn't our overpopulated CIA hunt down people like this and put them out of commission? There are zillions of violent jihadis in Western nations acting as a fifth column - in Mosques, coffee shops and even Islamic grocers.
As posted above, the "cyber-criminal" angle is being overplayed by ignorant WaPo warsluts. The MSM takes angles to stories like this because of their inherent belief in gatekeeper model of informaiton dissemination. This angle is very dangerous to American citizens' First Amendment Rights, there is little difference between the "inanimate guns kill people, let's outlaw all guns" mantras that WaPo agitates. There is but a baby step until they argue that the "internet kills people, let's ban the internet".
(Regarding his 'net crimes, not his bombing plot) All this guy did was facilitate the initial dissemination of digital files. All of the beheading, propaganda files, though maybe not the bomb making files, are readily accessable on hundreds of servers and dozens of torrent streams concurrently at this moment throughout the world. The dissemination of information regarding instructions for the creation of suicide bomb belts is a Federally protected Right as restated by the US Supreme Court in 1996. Inciting the use of weapons is still a crime here. Point being, he's barely more mentionable than a Stormfront goober, his stock is up because he is "AlQaeda brand" of domestic criminal.
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "THE WEB BROWSER AND OPERATING SYSTEM PREFERENCES OF THE USERS OF THE TAJDEED FORUM" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "From an upcoming report by the Society For Internet Research regarding the users of the Tajdeed forum (tajdeed.org.uk and tajdeedi.co.uk) operated in the UK by the Saudi exile group Party of Islamic Renewal (PIR)") (April 14, 2006)
INTERNET-HAGANAH: "VIDEO OF LONDON BOMBERS CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Produced by Al Qaida's Al Sahab production company, presumably in Pakistan or Afghanistan, aired by Al Jazeera, and distributed on the internet by dear old Irhabi[Terrorist]007.") (September 2, 2005)
MSNBC.msn.com: "WEB VIDEO TEACHES TERRORISTS TO MAKE BOMB VESTS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""The video was accompanied by a note that explained it was there for the purposes of aiding the brothers, the fighting brothers, in cities in central Iraq," says NBC terror analyst Evan Kohlmann. Related story Latest on the Mosul attack Specifically, the note mentioned wanting to help fighters in Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul, though there's nothing to tie this to Tuesday's attack. The person who posted the note and video on the Internet called himself "terrorist007." NBC News will not reveal most details, but the video demonstrates each step of bomb making: *select a fabric and sew the vest; *mix explosives; *arrange shrapnel to kill victims in a large radius; *attach a detonator.") (Updated December 22, 2004)
INTERNET-HAGANAH: "COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE GLOBAL JIHAD: THREE PLAYERS JOIN FORCES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Witness the collaboration between Abu Banan/Global Islamic Media and Irhabi007 in distributing the Al Qaida publication Sout al Jihad, with additional services provided by the French Islamist site ribaat.org" (September 1, 2004)
"Bond denied Roswell terror suspect
Prosecutors cite e-mail saying man wanted to join Taliban"
By MONI BASU
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/22/06
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A Roswell man accused of helping plot terrorist attacks wrote an e-mail in 2001 expressing a desire to join the Taliban in Afghanistan, prosecutors said in federal court Friday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn Brill denied bond for Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 20, who along with Syed Haris Ahmed, 21, a former Georgia Tech student, was indicted in July on charges of discussing plans for waging jihad, or holy war."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "McBurney said Sadequee shot "casing videos" of several sites in the Washington D.C. area including the Capitol, the World Bank, a Masonic temple and a fuel tank farm. He then used a computer at the offices of Raksha, an Atlanta non-profit that offers social services to the South Asian community where one of Sadequee's sisters works, to send the video files to a British man named Younis Tsouli. Tsouli called himself "Irhabi (Arabic for terrorist) 007" and ran a Web site that taught terror tactics"
Note: Adding to post no. 622:
11 January 2007
Three jailed in Bosnia for planning suicide attack"
stepping back in time...
01 March 2006
"The Decline and Fall of Irhabi007: Episode Two, The Bust"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The point of this story is simple but important:
There is no wall, no dividing line, nothing separating online jihadist activity from off-line/real-world jihadist activity (i.e terrorism). The two are inseparable.
The story of how Irhabi007 came to reside in Belmarsh Prison starts in Bosnia."
639 posted on 01/11/2007 1:18:20 PM PST by Cindy
Note: We've covered this here already, but posting this article (snippets) for archival purposes.
POSTED ON 11/01/07
"First 'homegrown' terrorists convicted
Swede gets 15 years; related hearings to start Monday in Canada, U.K."
With a report from Reuters
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A teenaged Swede and his two accomplices yelled "God is Great" in a Bosnian courtroom yesterday, as they were convicted of plotting a suicide-bombing attack.
Mirsad Bektasevic, 19, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a planned terrorist strike in Sarajevo. He is better known as "Maximus," the code name he used to post messages on jihadist Internet forums."
The sentences represent the first successful prosecutions against members of an alleged global network of "homegrown" extremists, whose tendrils stretched from the Middle East to Western countries such as Canada.
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In the months after the Bosnian arrests in 2005, authorities moved to round up suspects in London, Copenhagen, Dhaka, Atlanta and, finally, Toronto -- where a total of 18 young suspects were arrested last June."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A variety of distinct terrorist conspiracies have been alleged, but in all cases the ringleaders stand accused of taking inspiration from al-Qaeda and from one another."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The extent of the network began to unravel in October of 2005, after Sarajevo police arrested Maximus. They searched his apartment and found martyrdom videos and a suicide bomber's belt laden with explosives. The plan was to strike an unspecified target in the capital of Bosnia, the war-torn European country that has long been a crossroads for extremists.
"These gentlemen were connected through websites, e-mail and mobile phones to other jihadists planning attacks in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe," Aaron Weisburd, director of a U.S.-based anti-terrorism Web service, told The Globe and Mail in an e-mail yesterday.
"They represent the 'new al-Qaeda.' ''
He added that Maximus was a "high-value" suspect whose case highlights the fact that "the Internet is a place, and terrorists dwell in that cyberspace and use it as a virtual safe haven."
Global anti-terrorism agencies are cagey about how their investigations are flowing together, but the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has said these investigations are linked.
Mr. Weisburd is acknowledged as a leading authority on extremist networks. His site, known as Internet Haganah, exists to expose jihadist activity on the Internet.
One suspect that Haganah has long tracked is Younis Tsouli, a 22-year-old arrested in Britain two days after the Bosnian suspects were rounded up. It is alleged that he is the hacker who went by the name Terrorist 007 on the Internet. Now charged with conspiracy to murder, plotting an explosion and stealing money, his trial is set to begin Monday in London.
Preliminary hearings for four young people charged in the Toronto case are also to begin on Monday. Like most of the 18 accused, the youngest suspects are charged with attending a terrorist training camp. A core group of seven adults further stands accused of plotting to detonate truck bombs against government targets.
The alleged ringleader of the Toronto plot was reportedly in contact with Terrorist 007 as well as two other young men now facing trial in the United States. The Atlanta-based suspects allegedly videotaped U.S. targets in Washington and sent the surveillance to Terrorist 007 in Britain."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A related case involving alleged extremists in Denmark is also under way."
17 January 2007
Case of Tariq Al-Daour, Waseem Mughal and Younis Tsouli
Case described as "For Application to Extend Custody Time Limit - Case to be listed for Further Mention/PAD on 23-Mar-2007" per notice here: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk
Posted on 17 January 2007 @ 19:21
07 February 2007
"'Favorites' of the Madrid bombers"
SNIPPET: "Infamous jihadi 'Irhabi007' celebrating the Madrid bombings
with pictures of the dead and dying"
ADDING More info/links to post no. 25:
PHOTO CAPTION: "nfamous jihadi 'Irhabi007' celebrating the Madrid bombings
with pictures of the dead and dying. He posted this picture on
the al-Ansar forum (www.al-ansar.biz), a members-only jihadi site
known to have been accessed by one or more of the Madrid bombers."
Correcting the photo caption in post no. 26:
PHOTO CAPTION: "Infamous jihadi 'Irhabi007' celebrating the Madrid bombings
with pictures of the dead and dying. He posted this picture on
the al-Ansar forum (www.al-ansar.biz), a members-only jihadi site
known to have been accessed by one or more of the Madrid bombers."
"Terrorists Take Recruitment Efforts Online (60 Minutes)"
CBS News - 60 Minutes ^ | March 2, 2007 | Scott Pelley
Posted on 03/04/2007 4:23:47 PM PST by FreedomPoster
Note: This is just a snippet. Read the whole thing.
Mar 4, 2007 7:35 pm US/Central
"Terrorists Take Recruitment Efforts Online"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "That power is so menacing, General Custer wouldnt say anything at all about how the U.S. is fighting the Jihadi Internet online. But 60 Minutes found other Americans who have started their own counter attack. Aaron Weisburd joined the battle from his home in Illinois.
"I'm in Carbondale. In the middle of middle America. Waging war against them. It makes a very small world. What works in a cave in Afghanistan, you know, works in a living room in Carbondale," Weisburd says.
Weisburd was so angered by what he saw on the Web that he quit his job as a programmer and now spends every day attacking extremist websites.
His goal is to mess with them online. "Absolutely. In as many different ways as I can," he says.
And he says he's "sowing seeds of distrust."
Weisburd cooperates with the FBI, Homeland Security and British police, all of whom know him as unrelenting. He blows the whistle on the Web sites and asks Internet providers to take them down. He says hes helped shut down nearly a thousand.
Asked how he would describe what he does, Weisburd tells Pelley, "Part of it is, you know, rodeo clown, essentially. I jump into the ring and make the bulls angry and they come after me. And I do that to good effect. That's my own particular expertise, if you will."
"Tell me about that," Pelley says.
"Well, the Irhabi 007 case comes to mind. I simply publicized what he was saying, made fun of him, called him out and it worked," Weisburd says.
Irhabi 007 was the networking genius who helped al Qaeda regroup online after the U.S. forced them out of Afghanistan. With an ego to match, he was a legend in his own mind.
This is the kind of thing Irhabi 007 made possible for al Qaeda, posting videos long before it was common on YouTube.
"Well, he solved problems. They had content distribution. They had problems moving large files, he solved that problem," Weisburd explains.
He solved it by hacking into computers around the world and using them to store and share terrorist files. He even got into a computer system owned by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
The Arkansas terror files were discovered and removed. And in 2005, so was Irhabi 007. Scotland Yard, raided a London house in a terrorism case involving credit card fraud. They arrested a 22-year-old Moroccan named Younis Tsouli. Later they discovered Tsouli was Terrorist 007. The network administrator was off line, but his network is still pulling recruits into jihad.
"If you want to go wage jihad, you've got to let them know that there's a jihad going on and lead them to believe that this is something they want to be involved in. And so these videos are essentially, you know, all recruitment films, you know, join the army, seen wonderful places, kill people," Weisburd says."
Interesting read bookmark.
Adding a link:
"Jihad.com 60 Minutes"
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14 min 38 sec - Mar 5, 2007
Adding 1 link to post no. 30:
22 March 2007
"Can you say 'sub judice'?"
Thanks to bd476 for the ping to this thread.
Note: The following post is a quote:
A World Wide Web of terrorist plotting
Los Angeles Times ^ | April 16, 2007 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
Posted on 04/16/2007 12:25:32 AM PDT by bd476
The Internet has become a virtual operations center replacing the Al Qaeda bases in Afghanistan and Bosnia.
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA They never met face to face, but the two young zealots became brother warriors in the new land of jihad: the Internet.
Investigators say their bond made them central figures in a terrorism network that spanned eight countries, involved more than 30 suspects and hatched plots in Washington, Toronto, London and Sarajevo.
Maximus was the online moniker of Mirsad Bektasevic, a lanky Bosnian refugee with a dark stare and a hunger for action. At 18, he returned from Sweden to this war-scarred city, where he assembled an arsenal for a suicide attack and filmed a “martyrdom” video.
Irhabi007 was Younis Tsouli, a Moroccan living in London with his diplomat father, investigators say. Hunched day and night over his computer, the diminutive 22-year-old allegedly served as a pioneering cyber-operative for Al Qaeda, oversaw Bektasevic’s mission and was at the hub of other plots.
Their case shows that the Internet has become a virtual training camp and operations center replacing the Al Qaeda bases in Afghanistan and Bosnia that produced a legion of fighters, formed them into cells and launched them at targets.
The soldiers of this looser network were more technologically and culturally agile than the grim fanatics who executed attacks in the past, according to trial evidence, court documents and interviews with investigators, defense lawyers, family and friends. They spoke more English than Arabic and listened to the rap of Kanye West along with the harangues of Abu Musab Zarqawi...
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Note: The following text is a quote:
April 24, 2007
Al-Qaedas ‘British propagandists’ on trial
An update on this story. “Al-Qaedas ‘British propagandists’,” by Sean O’Neill for The Times:
Violent al-Qaeda propaganda, including footage of the beheading of hostages, was distributed around the globe by computer by young men sitting in their bedrooms in Britain, a court heard yesterday.
Three men appeared before Woolwich Crown Court accused of inciting terrorism abroad. They were said to have a close affiliation with al-Qaeda in Iraq, the group founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Younis Tsouli, 23, Waseem Mughal, 24, and Tariq al-Daour, 21, allegedly played important roles in al-Qaedas media war and had massive quantities of films, audio recordings, books and documents promoting the extremist ideology of Osama bin Laden and global jihad.
Among the footage found in police raids on their homes in London and Kent were films of the beheading of the British engineer Kenneth Bigley as well as the executions of American, Korean, Japanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, Turkish and Bulgarian hostages.
Other films found on the mens computers or on discs in their rooms included footage of suicide attacks in Iraq, the video wills of martyrs and stylised productions eulogising the 9/11 hijackers.
Possession of this material is strong evidence of the depth of their adherence to the cause, Mark Ellison, for the prosecution, told the court.
Collecting it, providing links for others to obtain it, applauding it, defending it as we say these defendants did as well as making it available to a wide audience on websites is strong evidence of the approval of it and of the ideology it seeks to justify.
Mr Tsouli had a Powerpoint presentation entitled carbom-bzip and another file containing video clips of the World Bank building and the US Capitol in Washington DC and the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.
A CD was found in the home of Mr Mughal containing a file giving instructions on how to make a suicide-bomb vest.
Mr al-Daour had a CD file entitled special course in manufacturing explosives, a document with instructions for firing a rocket-propelled grenade and a data file, The Mujahidin Explosives Handbook.
Mr Ellison said that the defendants, who were arrested in October 2005, were intelligent young men who appeared to lead normal lives.
Behind the apparent normality of their daily lives and for at least a year before they were arrested, the truth is that each of these young men firmly believed in, supported and set about inciting others to follow an extreme ideology of violent holy war, he said.
Mr Ellison said: The effective recruitment of new adherents to the cause and the inciting of them to join in the fighting and killing and become mujahidin, if not also martyrs, is the very lifeblood of achieving the religious dominance that has its root in this ideology.
The central importance of powerfully expressed and constructed media in that process, and having the means of distributing and pushing the message to those prepared to listen and likely to be persuaded to join in themselves, is at the very heart of advancing this ideology.
All three deny possession of documents or records likely to be of use to a person preparing an act of terrorism, and incitement to commit an act of terrorism outside Britain. Mr Tsouli and Mr Mughal deny a charge of conspiracy to murder which, the jury heard, was connected to a plot involving individuals in Bosnia. The trial continues.
Younis Tsouli, from Shepherds Bush, West London, was born in Morocco but was granted indefinite leave to remain in Britain two months before his arrest. He studied Information Technology and computer technology at Westminster College of Computing in 2001-03 and, according to his CV, was fluent in French and Arabic
Waseem Mughal lived with his family in Chatham, Kent, and is a biochemistry graduate from the University of Leicester. While a student, he ran the website of the universitys Islamic Society
Tariq al-Daour was born in the United Arab Emirates of Palestinian parents and became a British citizen in May 2004. Shortly before his arrest he had applied to study for a law degree
Posted by Marisol at April 24, 2007 12:29 AM
STEPPING BACK IN TIME...
Note: The following text is a quote:
November 05, 2005
UK: 3 charged with terrorism offenses; Film of D.C. sites found
It Can’t Happen Here Update from CNN, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
LONDON, England (CNN) — Three men suspected of involvement in terrorism have appeared in a British court, charged with an array of offenses from fund-raising to conspiracy to murder.
Waseem Mughal and Younis Tsouli, both 22, and Tariq al-Daour, 19, spoke only to confirm their names and ages during a brief hearing Friday at Bow St. Magistrates Court in central London....
Mughal and Tsouli were charged with offenses including conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.
On the hard drive of Tsouli’s computer, police found a film demonstrating how to make a car bomb, the statement said. In addition, a film was found showing “a number of places in Washington, D.C.”
Al-Daour was charged with conspiracy to obtain money by deception, fundraising and possession of money for terrorist purposes.
Mughal is from Kent, police said, while Tsouli and al-Daour are from London.
According to details of the charges released by police, authorities found a DVD entitled “Martyrdom Operations Vest” at Mughal’s home, along with a piece of paper upon which was written in Arabic, “Welcome to Jihad.”
In addition, police found a piece of paper with the words “hospital = attack” and a “recipe for rocket propellant and guidance on causing an explosion.”
And police believe the three conspired to use stolen credit card information to obtain items, and possessed “money or other property for the purposes of terrorism,” authorities said.
Posted by Robert at November 5, 2005 08:47 AM
STEPPING BACK IN TIME...
“Terrorist 007 er offline”
Første gang publisert: torsdag 29. juni 2006
27 April 2007
Irhabi007s day in court finally arrives
*dial j for jihad ping*
“Waiting for al-Qaeda’s next bomb”
May 3rd 2007
From The Economist print edition
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Security sources say jihadi activity has moved away from mosques to clubs, gyms and private homes, where it is harder to monitor. The internet has proved to be an ungoverned space where al-Qaeda and its followers have thrived. On April 23rd, a British court started hearing the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism overseas. They include Younis Tsouli, of Moroccan origin, who is alleged to be a prolific internet propagandist going by the name of Irhabi 007, or Terrorist 007. He and another suspect are also accused of conspiracy to murder in a case linked to suspects arrested in Bosnia. Of all the things I have seen over the past few years, says Mr Clarke, one of the most worrying has been the speed and apparent ease with which young men can be turned into suicidal terrorists.
Self-starting terrorism is an ever-present danger. But over several investigations, counter-terrorism officials have usually found direct links leading back to Pakistan, often to al-Qaeda figures. Key British suspects travel back to Pakistan for training and indoctrination. Mr Khyam and Khan are alleged to be linked, through a British middleman, to Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, the alleged number three in al-Qaeda, who was taken to Guantánamo Bay last week.”
Web Of Terror”
Rita Katz and Josh Devon 05.07.07
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “In early 2005 some of Irhabi007’s virtual associates secretly communicated on a jihadist forum to plan a spectacular attack at Naval Station Mayport, a U.S. Navy base in Jacksonville, Florida. The plot, which was to be filmed from multiple angles, involved utilizing several car bombs, as well as rocket-propelled grenades. Those organizing the plot claimed to have 45 people dedicated to the attack, including an American pilot in the U.S. Air Force and three American women who converted to Islam after Sept. 11. Whether the plot ever progressed past the initial planning stages is unclear; some of the organizers were arrested shortly after the online discussions.
We can’t take too much comfort from the fact that these particular schemes were thwarted. The plans live on. Once an idea enters cyberspace, it exists indefinitely within the online jihadist community. Any terrorist can take a proposed target or tactic and pick up the plan where a captured terrorist left off.”
May 16, 2007
“Judge in Internet Jihad trial: “I don’t really understand what a Web site is””
LONDON (Reuters) -
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Violent Islamist material posted on the Internet, including beheadings of Western hostages, is central to the case....
Younes Tsouli, 23, Waseem Mughal, 24, and Tariq al-Daour, 21, deny a range of charges under Britain’s Terrorism Act, including inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism “wholly or partly” outside Britain.”
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(Terrorism) Judge to prosecutor: ‘So what’s a Web site?’
MSN ^ | 5/16/07
Posted on 05/16/2007 4:34:15 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
Judge to prosecutor: ‘So what’s a Web site?’
During Internet terrorism trial, judge asks attorneys to keep it simple
By Mark Trevelyan
Updated: 3:05 p.m. ET May 16, 2007 LONDON - A British judge admitted on Wednesday he was struggling to cope with basic terms like “Web site” in the trial of three men accused of inciting terrorism via the Internet.
Judge Peter Openshaw broke into the questioning of a witness about a Web forum used by alleged Islamist radicals.
“The trouble is I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a Web site is,” he told a London court during the trial of three men charged under anti-terrorism laws.
Prosecutor Mark Ellison briefly set aside his questioning to explain the terms “Web site” and “forum.” An exchange followed in which the 59-year-old judge acknowledged: “I haven’t quite grasped the concepts.”
Violent Islamist material posted on the Internet, including beheadings of Western hostages, is central to the case.
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18 May 2007
“’Web site’ baffles Internet terrorism trial judge”
I have a laser designed to cut microcircuits. How ‘bout a coupla hours with that and the guy?
From The Times
May 19, 2007
“Just a case of playing Devils advocate for website judge”
Frances Gibb, Legal Editor
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A spokesman for the Judicial Communications Office added: The judge knew perfectly well what a website was. He was in a sense playing Devils advocate, asking the questions that a member of the jury might want to ask.
After the judges comments the court was treated on Thursday to a PowerPoint demonstration by the computer expert giving evidence, Peter Sams. He explained that the internet was a complex communication system and you need to log into the system through a telephone cable or perhaps a television cable. The professor then explained the terms dial-up and broadband.
In the trial the defendants Younis Tsouli, 23, Waseem Mughal, 24, and Tariq al-Daour, 21, who deny the charges are accused of helping to distribute Islamic propaganda over the internet in support of al-Qaeda. Mr Tsouli, of West London, is said to have had links to an al-Qaeda group in Iraq. The trial continues.”
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24 May 2007
“Just a case of playing Devil’s advocate for website judge”
(The Times - May 19, 2007)
“’Terrorist 007’ Pleads Guilty in UK Crown Court”
By Evan Kohlmann
Note: The following text is a quote:
Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
Two admit inciting terrorist acts
Two men have admitted inciting terrorist attacks against non-Muslims on websites and in e-mails.
Younes Tsouli, 23, of west London, and Waseem Mughal, 24, of Chatham, Kent, changed their pleas two months into their trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
The pair had links to al-Qaeda in Iraq and spent a year encouraging people to follow the ideology of Osama Bin Laden.
A third man, Tariq Al-Daour, 21, of west London, denies terror charges. His trial is due to resume on Wednesday.
Investigators found on Mr Tsouli’s laptop computer a presentation entitled The Illustrated Booby Trapping Course.
A film about how to make a suicide vest was found on a CD at Mughal’s home.
The court also heard that Mr Tsouli told Mr Mughal in an online conversation that he, Mr Tsouli, had been asked by al-Qaeda to translate the organisation’s official e-book into English.
The book - Thurwat Al Sanam, or Tip Of The Camel’s Hump - is said to promote jihad, or holy struggle.
The pair believed there was a “global conspiracy” to wipe out Islam, the court was told.
Mr Tsouli and Mr Mughal admitted inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom which would, if committed in England and Wales, constitute murder.
Mr Tsouli, of Shepherd’s Bush, was born in Morocco. Mr Mughal is UK-born.
Mr Al-Daour, born in the United Arab Emirates, denies the same charge.
He is also accused of conspiring to defraud banks, credit card companies and charge card companies, which he denies.
03 July 2007
JUSTICE - Irhabi007 surrenders to the obvious, changes plea to guilty