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Statement from Azzam.Com Regarding Closure of its Web-Site
Taliban-News.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2002 | Azzam.com

Posted on 09/24/2002 5:40:10 PM PDT by JohnathanRGalt

The Taliban seems to be upset with me personally.

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Statement from Azzam.Com Regarding Closure of its Web-Site
Posted on Tuesday, September 24 @ 23:50:42 EDT
black flag
By the Grace of Allah, upon its launch in 1996, Azzam.com was one of the first Islamic web-sites on the Internet and the first web-site dedicated to Jihad and Mujahideen news and information. Allah has enabled us, with meagre resources and little technological experience, to provide information on the Mujahideen and to provide daily news and interviews from the Jihad in Chechnya (from September 1999 to August 2001) and the Jihad in Afghanistan from November 2001 until today.

A great deal of effort and sacrifice goes into providing a single news bulletin and those involved in the news process put themselves at risk from  either the missiles or the prying eyes of unfriendly authorities. The last six years have seen at least two or our correspondents killed, who provided news and information from the World's hot spots so that the rest of the World could be kept informed as to what was happening 'on the other side'. The first of these was Masood Al-Benini, from Benin, who was martyred in Chechnya in April 2000 whilst attempting to leave the country after receiving a serious shrapnel injury to his thigh. His vehicle was ambushed by the Russians at a checkpoint and he fought to defend himself until he was killed - may Allah accept him as a martyr. The second of these was Suraqah Al-Andalusi, who was martyred by an American cluster bomb in the Battle for Tora Bora in Eastern Afghanistan, December 2001, whilst providing news and information about the events in Afghanistan. The biographies of both of these individuals have been previously posted on our web-site.

Therefore, our web-site also, has not been spared damage. We have had to change through a number of servers and hosting companies over the years in order to keep the site open. In the times when the site has been shut, we have been emailing out news bulletins to keep the World informed. The purpose of this statement is to clarify the chronology of events leading to the closure of our web-site and what we perceive to be the future of our site.

After the events of 11 September 2001, our site was shut down after the American hosting company received numerous emails from viewers upset at the attacks. The hosting company informed us that they had to remove our site for 'Terms of Service' (TOS) violations. A few weeks later, our site reappeared on the servers of a Muslim hosting company in Canada, who also duly shut the site down, after receiving a written order from the local law enforcement authorities. No reason was given in the order, but the Muslim company still shut down the site without contesting it.

Also after 11 September, a group of Zionist Jews surfaced on the Internet, led by a British individual who goes by the pen-name of Johnathan R. Galt. He set-up a web-site titled 'Islamic Terror Sites on the Web' at http://www.geocities.com/johnathanrgalt and an email address, johnathanrgalt@yahoo.co.uk. Both addresses are still functional at the time this statement goes to press. Mr Galt organised a collective, concerted campaign, to have a number of Islamic web-sites shut down, by complaining to and putting emotional pressure on the hosting and service-providing companies. Mr Galt slandered our site as labelling it, Al-Qaida's Azzam.Com and this label was enough to convince many companies to remove our site. A search for 'Johnathan Galt' ('Johnathan' spelt with two 'h's) on Google returns a number of pro-Jewish web-sites where Mr Galt has posted his appeals.

Sometime in November 2001, our web-site was transferred to hosting companies in South-East Asia and we began to provide daily, uninterrupted news on the events in Afghanistan. The site continued to remain online until July 2002. During this time, whilst tracking the continuing efforts of Mr Galt, we realised, as we thought at first, that the FBI was ensuring that our site remained online, even though officials at the US State Department cited concern over our site, in news reports that were carried by major news organisations. A number of discussion boards specific to web hosting companies, e.g. webhostingtalk.com, revealed threads stating that companies wanted to shut down service to the web-hosting companies hosting our sites, but they were specifically instructed by the FBI that 'this site must remain open at any cost'. We concluded that US Intelligence wanted our site to remain open for two reasons:

(i) To use it for gathering intelligence on events happening on the ground in Afghanistan and perhaps that our news bulletins might lead them to capture 'Mujahideen suspects'.

(ii) To gather intelligence on the infrastructure behind the site. Mr Galt and Co., apparently not convinced of the 'benefits' of the FBI's strategy, continued to pressurise both the FBI and the web hosting companies, to remove our web-site, and this tit-for-tat saga continued until July this year. In June and July 2002, American forces in Afghanistan took heavy casualties and many of the incidents in which these casualties occurred, were being daily reported by us. By the end of July 2002, the Americans concluded that there was no useful intelligence to be gleaned from leaving our site open and they decided that enough was enough. During the South-East Asian 'Anti-Terrorism' Summit in July, Secretary of State Colin Powell's delegation personally delivered a written order to the local authorities asking them to immediately shut down our site. Our site has remained shut since then, but we have continued to post daily news bulletins on other web-sites, such as Waaqiah.com.

As for the future, we predict the following to happen so we are informing our viewers in advance of what to expect:

(a) The American authorities will attempt to take control of our domain, azzam.com, and use it in their 'War Against Terror/Islam' in order to provide false propaganda. It will be easy to spot fake sites because we will email other, established web-sites and organisations such as Waaqiah.com or Maktabah.net, and inform them of which site is genuine and which site is not.

(b) The authorities will create new 'Jihadi' web-sites in order to 'steal the show'. Some characteristics of these sites will be:
(i) They will portray themselves as Jihad-linked and informed on the Mujahideen and some of their content will undoubtedly be pro-Jihad and Mujahideen;

(ii) They will never be forced down and will only go offline for maintenance upgrades;

(iii) They will not have correspondents whose credibility can be confirmed on the ground;

(iv) They will have sizeable resources and expertise at their disposable, unlike most Islamic web-sites that are run on pennies and a 'best-efforts' basis by unskilled web operators;

(v) They will not really be targetted by Zionist web groups (although after this statement of ours, the
authorities may infiltrate the Zionist web groups and instruct them to target the fake sites in order to establish credibility for them in the eyes of the Muslims).

(vi) They will attempt to dampen emotions within the Muslims and create confusion amongst them as regards to issues that have already been clarified by ourselves.
(c) The Zionist web groups will continue their campaigns to shut down Islamic web-sites until Muslims begin doing the same and start complaining to web hosting companies of inflammatory Zionist web-sites, such as http://freeman.io.com, etc.

(d) The authorities will sponsor further 'Boycott Azzam' campaigns amongst the Muslims, similar to the 'Boycott Azzam' campaign that was launched by a Doctor from the 'Islamic Society of Britain' (ISB) in Birmingham, UK, in Ramadan/November 2001, complete with leaflets and radio announcements. There will also be more articles and statements made against our site by 'Muslims', with a view to put the Muslims off our site.

(e) Our site will continue to go online and offline until more Muslim Internet Service Providers appear who are prepared to legally challenge any attempts made to shut down our site.

We conclude by informing our viewers that our unedited news postings are posted throughout various Muslim discussion boards and an Islamic web-site by the name of Waaqiah.com has also been posting our daily, unedited news bulletins. The best support that our viewers can give us is to disseminate our news bulletins as widely as possible, counteract anti-Azzam campaigns,set up new web-sites that mirror and archive our content, and visit our site when it returns. As for our own web-site, Allah willing, we hope to have a new site up and running shortly, in which we ourselves would have modified the content so that the news and articles will remain the same, but there is nothing on the site that can be deemed illegal or 'inflammatory'. Please continue to check back at our site every few days and spread the news round when it is back online.

Finally, we would like to thank both our Muslim and non-Muslim viewers for their support over the last six years.

Azzam Publications
24 September 2002


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The Taliban-News.com is broadcasting from IP address 64.191.5.199 -- Burst.net in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This ISP is the former home of Azzam.com. Burst.net is also home to several other terrorist websites -- most notably the forums of ClearGuidance at  http://forums.clearguidance.com/ at IP address 64.191.5.198.  Here's a FreeRepublic discussion of ClearGuidance. And more info on the connections between Taliban-News and ClearGuidance at Haganah and LittleGreenFootballs

The ClearGuidance forum is no longer open to the public. A mole inside their forum found this quote from Azzam:

"We are terrorists, and terror is an obligation in the book of Allah. Let the west and east know that we are terrorists and we strike fear: "Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power. Including steeds of war to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies.." (8:60)

So Terror is an obligation in the creed of Allaah SWT" -- Sheikh Abdullah Azzam


1 posted on 09/24/2002 5:40:10 PM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Good find.
2 posted on 09/24/2002 5:41:17 PM PDT by weikel
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To: JohnathanRGalt
I think some of this is your doing. Good work!
3 posted on 09/24/2002 5:42:04 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: weikel
By the end of July 2002, the Americans concluded that there was no useful intelligence to be gleaned from leaving our site open and they decided that enough was enough.

No useful intelligence could be gleaned from Azzam's lies and half-baked propaganda.

4 posted on 09/24/2002 5:44:06 PM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: JohnathanRGalt
You're famous!
5 posted on 09/24/2002 5:45:08 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: *JIHAD IN AMERICA; The KG9 Kid; Audit_Jesse; Aaron_A; LibWhacker; facedown; MarMema; ...

Jehadi website ping: (let me know if you want on or off)

6 posted on 09/24/2002 5:45:33 PM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: JohnathanRGalt
By the Grace of Allah, upon its launch in 1996, Azzam.com was one of the first Islamic web-sites on the Internet and the first web-site dedicated to Jihad and Mujahideen news and information.

Allah gives, Allah takes away.

7 posted on 09/24/2002 5:46:04 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: JohnathanRGalt
My buddy from Russia showed me this loony site my 1st year at WPI.
8 posted on 09/24/2002 5:46:34 PM PDT by weikel
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To: JohnathanRGalt
The Taliban-News.com is broadcasting from IP address 64.191.5.199 -- Burst.net in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

DEBKA reported that several USMC units have recently been undergoing secret desert warfare training in--SCRANTON, PA!

I don't think this is a coincidence :o)

9 posted on 09/24/2002 5:47:04 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Who is John Galt?
10 posted on 09/24/2002 5:48:14 PM PDT by Andyman
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Mr Galt and Co

Does that include me?

This list of letters and numbers they have has alot of holes, doesn't it?

11 posted on 09/24/2002 6:04:05 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Stay Safe. Watch your back. Great work.
12 posted on 09/24/2002 6:04:52 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: JohnathanRGalt
On please.
13 posted on 09/24/2002 6:12:14 PM PDT by abner
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Do you think that the FBI, HOMELAND SECURITY, NSA, CIA, THE COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICE, and THE PENTAGON read Taliban-News.com?
14 posted on 09/24/2002 6:16:09 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Great job... now, on a more serious note, stay safe...
15 posted on 09/24/2002 6:17:18 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Dittos to that - be careful out there! I've read some of these terrorists' crap, as posted at LGF, and we all know what they're capable of doing.
16 posted on 09/24/2002 6:23:45 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: weikel
Okay, what is WPI?
17 posted on 09/24/2002 6:27:00 PM PDT by Kermit
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To: mountaineer
The keywords,ROFLMAO
18 posted on 09/24/2002 6:40:21 PM PDT by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: perfect stranger
Does that include me?

Sure -- come and help -- there are a lot more terrorist sites to work on. There is a database here containing a list of sites and their ISPs.

19 posted on 09/24/2002 6:41:42 PM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: Andyman
Who is John Galt?

Who wants to know?

20 posted on 09/24/2002 7:38:17 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Andyman
Who is John Galt?

Who wants to know?

21 posted on 09/24/2002 7:38:24 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: JohnathanRGalt
on the list
22 posted on 09/24/2002 8:52:08 PM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Have you seen this one? http://www.clix.to/oblcrew/

Btw, stay safe.
23 posted on 09/24/2002 8:59:57 PM PDT by Aaron_A
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Good find and congrats! Maybe they can transfer their hosting services over to the terrorist support network at InfoCom.

"Who renders testimony to Mahomet? Himself." - Blaise Pascal

24 posted on 09/24/2002 9:07:39 PM PDT by GOPcapitalist
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Just out of curiosity, do you know what that black flag next to their message w/ the arabic on it represents? Perhaps a freeper could translate it.
25 posted on 09/24/2002 9:11:50 PM PDT by GOPcapitalist
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To: Andyman
who is john galt indeed!

only the shadow of ayn rand knows.
26 posted on 09/24/2002 9:20:12 PM PDT by D-9 Cat
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To: JohnathanRGalt
WOO-HOO! You rule, my friend!!
27 posted on 09/24/2002 9:42:09 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: JohnathanRGalt
tit for tat

eh?
Good job, you Zionist conspirator!

(I fear for your safety though. These cold-blooded killers will attempt to hunt you down, you Zionist Salman Rushdie you.)


28 posted on 09/25/2002 6:31:55 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: GOPcapitalist
Just out of curiosity, do you know what that black flag next to their message w/ the arabic on it represents?

BLACK FLAGS of Islam

29 posted on 09/25/2002 6:39:04 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul; dennisw; weikel; Shermy; IncPen; Poohbah; Andyman; abner; Cindy; Chad Fairbanks; Kermit; ...
Both ClearGuidance.com and Taliban-News.com seem to be MIA this morning.

Both seem to have gone the way of all good terrorist websites (the only good terrorist website is a 'gone' one).

30 posted on 09/25/2002 9:58:18 AM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: JohnathanRGalt
I emailed both companies about hosting these websites, following the guidelines suggest on one of the links provided on the thread. Hope that it helped in some small way. I take great joy in knowing these freaks' websites are down.

We need to keep it up and notify any host company when we discover one of these sites. I'm always ready to help. Keep me informed.
31 posted on 09/25/2002 10:06:57 AM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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To: ppaul
I suspected as much when I saw that one but didn't know for sure. Do you know exactly whose flag it is?

Self proclaimed Imam Mahdi's tend to pop up every couple of years in the mohammedan world and they all have their own black flags.

32 posted on 09/25/2002 12:01:45 PM PDT by GOPcapitalist
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Sure -- come and help -- there are a lot more terrorist sites to work on. There is a database here containing a list of sites and their ISPs.

Bookmarked to work on as time permits.

33 posted on 09/25/2002 2:38:28 PM PDT by facedown
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To: JohnathanRGalt
This emailed rec'd was in reference to the following subject matter. Score one for the white hats....

[BurstNET sysadmin ID# 154022]
Re: HOSTED WEBSITE PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM


Hello,

The server was already planned to be taken down, by the time you get this it
should be offline.

Thanks,
Darren
--
BurstNET - The Speed the Internet Travels
Toll Free 24/7/365 Support: 1-877-BURSTNET
Phone (570) 343-2200, Fax (570) 343-9533
34 posted on 09/25/2002 9:51:58 PM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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Good bump. Geek bump. Raghead bump.
35 posted on 09/25/2002 9:56:49 PM PDT by rdb3
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Johnathan, you must be doing something right eh? They don't seem to like you do they? It is a badge of honor in my opinion, and I salute you!
36 posted on 09/25/2002 10:00:43 PM PDT by ladyinred
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SCORE ANOTHER ONE!


Thanks for pointing it out. We are taking the corrective measures.

Regards

Ateeq Khan
Gem Net

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Ford
To: info@gem.net.pk
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 10:21 PM
Subject: Alemarh.com website


http://www.alemarh.com

202.5.128.115

I am writing to object to the hosting of The exclusive Taliban website, www.alemarh.com, is also functional. It is in Arabic and Pashto languages and provides information about Taliban Islamic Movement and its founder Mulla Mohammad Omar.

The host company is

Gem Internet Services (pvt) Ltd
310,311 Anum Estate.
Shahra-e-Faisal,
Karachi Pakistan.

I find the information to promote hate-mongering and in violation of your Acceptable Use Policy. Please dump this website immediately.
37 posted on 09/26/2002 7:01:37 AM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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SCORE ANOTHER ONE!

Bravo!

You are awarded two blue AK-47's blueAK blueAK from Haganah:

Andrew Weisburd writes: "As for the little blue AK-47's and what they symbolize: I needed some quick way of keeping track of sites that had been taken down or forcibly relocated, and the AK seemed as good a symbol of terrorism as any. They are barrel down, as in the custom to mark a battlefield grave site with the rifle of the fallen soldier, and they are Israeli blue to symbolize that they have somehow been sanctified".

"I don't claim credit, either for myself or for any of the other volunteers who make up the 'online haganah', for what has happened to any of these sites, though it is clear that in some cases our efforts have had an impact on the decisions made by various ISP's".


38 posted on 09/26/2002 10:50:56 AM PDT by JohnathanRGalt
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To: Aaron_A
I freeped both their polls.
Will the US war on Iraq be justified
33%(my vote)yes 66%no
Who is the biggest terrorist
Blair,Bush,Sharon,Osama,Pervez Musharraf

Not many have voted so worth freeping
39 posted on 09/26/2002 8:49:52 PM PDT by ganesha
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Jehadi website ping: (let me know if you want on or off)

On please. Thanks.




40 posted on 11/07/2002 1:46:11 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
On please. Thanks.

Ok, you're on.

41 posted on 11/09/2002 7:55:18 PM PST by JohnathanRGalt
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