Usenet and Islamic terrorists

Everywhere there's a hint of 'IslamoFascist' extremism, there's a convert to Islam or two, often a caucasian one. As William Ehrman, Director General (Defence & Intelligence) of the FCO, wrote:
"Dealing with Islamist extremism, the messages are more complex, the constituencies we would aim at are more difficult to indentify, and greater damage could be done to the overall effort if links back to UK or US sources were revealed."
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Usenet and Islamic terrorists

Joined: 13 Mar 2016, 22:50

17 Apr 2016, 21:59 #1

Here's something to think about.

Around 20 years ago the concern with the internet was pornography rather than terrorism. There was probably much truth to the old theory that porn was responsible for popularising the internet with the public. In the mid to late 1990s one of the commonest channels to share pornographic images was the binary Usenet groups which came under scrutiny by the police. In August 1996, Chief Inspector Stephen French, of the Metropolitan Police Clubs & Vice Unit, sent an open letter to the ISPA, requesting that they ban access to a list of 132 newsgroups, many of which were deemed to contain pornographic images or explicit text.

Usenet still exists although society has turned its back on it as a method of communication. It is probably safe to say that the police and intelligence services no longer prowl most newsgroups for nefarious content and just rely on the goodwill of users to alert them if any appears as they now focus their attention on Facebook and Twitter. What is interesting is that considering the obscurity of Usenet amongst the general public, Islamic terrorists and extremists do not appear to have utilised Usenet to any significant extent in the past 10 or so years although there was some discussion of geopolitical issues including harsh criticism of Israel and US foreign policy back in the 1990s. This raises many questions about the (lack of?) computer skills possessed by members of so called Islamic terrorist groups. Very rarely, if ever, do you encounter anything in the media about so called Islamic terrorists prosecuted for using Usenet to disseminate 'terrorist' material although successful prosecutions have resulted from 'terrorist' material posted on Facebook and Twitter.