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Al Qaeda Increasingly Reliant on Media
NY Times ^ | September 30, 2006 | HASSAN M. FATTAH

Posted on 09/30/2006 4:25:34 PM PDT by neverdem

AMMAN, Jordan — On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Abu Omar received the call to jihad. Literally.

“There’s a present for you,” a voice on the other end of the phone said that morning, he recalled. It was a common code whenever his friends and colleagues wanted to share a new broadcast or communiqué from Al Qaeda over the Internet, he said.

Abu Omar, speaking on the condition that only his nickname be used, said he soon went to one of the Internet cafes he frequents in Amman and began distributing the latest video by Al Qaeda, alerting friends and occasionally adding commentary.

“We are the energy behind the path to jihad,” Abu Omar said proudly. “Just like the jihadis reached their target on Sept. 11, we will reach ours through the Internet.”

Abu Omar, 28, is part of an increasingly sophisticated network of contributors and discussion leaders helping to wage Al Qaeda’s battle for Muslim hearts and minds. A self-described Qaeda sympathizer who defends the Sept. 11 attacks and continues to find inspiration in Osama bin Laden’s call for jihad, Abu Omar is part of a growing army of young men who may not seek to take violent action, but who help spread jihadist philosophy, shape its message and hope to inspire others to their cause.

Though he does not appear to be directly connected to Al Qaeda, Abu Omar does seem to be on a direct e-mail list for groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda, making him a link in a chain that spreads the organization’s propaganda using code and special software to circumvent official scrutiny of their Internet activity.

As Al Qaeda gradually transforms itself from a terrorist organization carrying out its own attacks into an ideological umbrella that encourages local movements to take action,...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; computers; gwot; internet; irony; islamoganda; jordan; misinformation; propaganda; waroneterror; wot

Bryan Denton for The New York Times
Marwan Shehadeh, an Islamist expert, says, “The jihadis have successfully used American technology to show the U.S. as a loser.”

In Video, Qaeda Deputy Condemns Bush and Pope link to NY Times' printer friendly version

1 posted on 09/30/2006 4:25:35 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

..and the NYT is increasingly reliant on terrorist.


Doogle


2 posted on 09/30/2006 4:35:19 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: neverdem

Does the nyt have no sense of irony?


3 posted on 09/30/2006 4:36:40 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: neverdem
Media Increasingly Useful to Terrorists.
4 posted on 09/30/2006 4:36:54 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...does not suffer fools gladly...")
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To: neverdem

The NYT should be so proud. I'm sure they've dramatically increased their pathetic readership in Al Queda and terrorist circles.


5 posted on 09/30/2006 4:37:42 PM PDT by Kieri (A Grafted Branch (Rom. 11))
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To: neverdem
I don't think so, Marwan. Your retrograde religion - and particularly the radical islamofascist segments of it - are not interested in politics, administration, economics or any of the other disciplines involved in actually running a society/nation once jihad (in your dreams) brings you to power. The greatest weakness in Al Qaeda, et. al. is this foolish sense that jihad is everything. On behalf of the United States of America - let me just say - we will bury you.
6 posted on 09/30/2006 4:38:48 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: neverdem
Abu Omar, speaking on the condition that only his nickname be used,

Fortunately for him his nickname means 'goat lover', a common nickname amongst the jihadis.

Just like the jihadis reached their target on Sept. 11, we will reach ours through the Internet.”

"Only it won't hurt as much and we get to go home at the end of the day.

7 posted on 09/30/2006 4:43:49 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: mdittmar
That the NY Slimes is speaking of the media helping the mooslum fascists is too rich. They have been helping the enemies of the US since speaking of the glory of Stalin's Russia.
8 posted on 09/30/2006 4:44:12 PM PDT by bronxboy
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
we will bury you

Right now the islamists are a nuisance to the US, and they are working hard to be a problem. We could almost coexist at the current level, in fact, we have done so for decades. The irony is that once they become a problem, we will bury them.

9 posted on 09/30/2006 4:48:04 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: neverdem

It's not just the media they rely on, they are getting their talking points directly from their pals at the DNC. The entire terrorist network, the media, and the rats are invested in America's defeat.

The rats must never be allowed to govern again!


10 posted on 09/30/2006 4:48:13 PM PDT by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: bronxboy

Al Qaeda, liberal Media, its mostly the same thing. Just different sub-entities of the enemy that wants to destroy Western civilization.


11 posted on 09/30/2006 4:50:30 PM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: neverdem
The jihadis are reliant on the Democrats to confuse and demoralize their infidel enemy. Hell, even their talking points are exactly the same.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

12 posted on 09/30/2006 4:50:37 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Now THAT'S more like it.


13 posted on 09/30/2006 5:00:23 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: goldstategop

The jihadis are reliant on the Democrats to confuse and demoralize their infidel enemy.
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Yes, they are very dependent on them POLITICALLY much more so than tactically. The liberal ThugoRats have done more damage to this country both physically (Carter and Clinton) and politically than the Muslim freaks ever could....the libs opened the arena for the terrorists by setting up the very conditions that neutered our government's ability at intel and weakened our military intel capability as well.

Yes, the libs are real beauties, treasonous scum, and our enemies just love them....and their complicit media.


14 posted on 09/30/2006 5:09:15 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: neverdem

"Al Qaeda Increasingly Reliant on Media"... AND dims!!!

LLS


15 posted on 09/30/2006 5:17:38 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: EagleUSA
them....and their complicit media.

A) "The Media" is an ad agency; a PR firm
B) Journalists in the classic sense are all gone, they have been overtaken by ad copy writers and spokespersons.

16 posted on 09/30/2006 6:21:47 PM PDT by Eddie01 (please let me know if I missed anything)
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To: neverdem
As Al Qaeda gradually transforms itself from a terrorist organization carrying out its own attacks into an ideological umbrella that encourages local movements to take action.

This is a misconception. Al-Qa'ida is a political movement masquerading as a religious one, and has always been an ideological umbrella organization. The only real difference is that rather than absorbing and facilitating between cells and movements that already exist, AQ philosophy is inspiring new ones to rise and act in their name.

These new groups have access to all that AQ is. Internet information. Training camps. Facilitators. For any that would seek out AQ's brand of jihad, jihadist expertise and support will be provided to them.

The reason that this is so is because AQ, while philosophically repugnant to many Muslims, is politically gorgeous. The idea of a bold Islamic resistance movement artfully battling the infidel West is a romantic notion that finds many willing believers. This has always required media manipulation, which AQ excells at.

To say that they're increasingly media savvy is to be ignorant of their core strengths, and strategic goals. Namely, to present themselves as the only legitimate Arab resistance movement, one that will stand and fight when the Arab tyrants cower. They've been singing that song for years; odd that the NYT is just now hearing it.

17 posted on 09/30/2006 6:33:06 PM PDT by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: neverdem

--Bryan Denton for The New York Times
Marwan Shehadeh, an Islamist expert, says, “The jihadis have successfully used American technology to show the U.S. as a loser.”--

The office in this pic looks just like a typical NY Slimes or al-Reuters reporter's office, complete with swords.


18 posted on 09/30/2006 6:52:46 PM PDT by rfp1234 (I've had it up to my keyster with these leaks!!! - - - Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem

The New York Times is also useful to terrorists. And in the Times' case, it is wholly intentional. The editors and publisher of the New York Times are also members of the Democrat hate-Bush crowd, and will do anything they can to assure failure on the part of the Bush Administration.


19 posted on 09/30/2006 7:05:58 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: neverdem
"Abu Omar, 28, is part of an increasingly sophisticated network of contributors and discussion leaders helping to wage Al Qaeda’s battle for Muslim hearts and minds."

Has the NYT hired him yet?

20 posted on 09/30/2006 8:35:53 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: rfp1234
"complete with swords."

Could he be a Sikh?

21 posted on 09/30/2006 8:45:02 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
Al Qaeda Increasingly Reliant on Media

Based on No. 2's recent speeches, I'd say that's obvious!

22 posted on 09/30/2006 8:47:22 PM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: mdittmar

I thought it was scrappleface. What kind of bizarro world is this where satire sounds like reality, and reality sounds like satire?


23 posted on 09/30/2006 10:28:08 PM PDT by watchin (Facts irritate liberals)
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To: neverdem

"Abu Omar is part of a growing army of young men who may not seek to take violent action, but who help spread jihadist philosophy, shape its message and hope to inspire others to their cause."

Sounds like a war asset to me. Isn't that why we bombed factories, including their workers, in WW2?


24 posted on 09/30/2006 10:39:31 PM PDT by Gum Shoe
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To: mdittmar

"Does the nyt have no sense of irony?"

They certainly have no sense of Patriotism.


25 posted on 09/30/2006 10:41:24 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Father of an American Soldier fighting in the WOT)
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