One of our guest authors, Star, from the formidable YouTube Smackdown Corps (who also provide us with examples of the gruesome Islamo-terror video content for our weekly Google YouTube Hall of Shame slot, catalogues the downfall of a YouTube Jihadist:
At YouTube Smackdown, we have long seen the connection between terrorism and YouTube. We have played connect-the-dots many times, plainly showing how videos hosted for free on servers in the United States are being used in internet forums all across the world wide web to radicalize, indoctrinate, encourage and recruit fresh trainees. We have worked to get countless YouTube users suspended for these activities – and if you are familiar with us at all, you know that the fruit our labor is all too often a sense of frustration.
Our aggravation is mostly directed toward Google/YouTube themselves. How is it, exactly, that pornography or – God forbid! – a copyrighted piece of music used in a video can cause your video to be removed and a strike put against your account in literally moments, but a video of coalition forces being ambushed can take weeks to bring down? Can they not write a filter for that? It can’t be that hard to do – especially considering that the posters often associate keywords such as “al qaeda” or “Iraq resistance” or “ambush” with the videos themselves.
We have also been somewhat frustrated by the lack of attention given to the situation by the law enforcement agencies. But it looks like things might be changing a bit in that department.
A Woodbridge resident is facing terrorism-related charges after he allegedly produced a violent jihadist video with the help of the son of a leader of a Pakistani group that the United States has deemed a terrorist organization.Jubair Ahmad, 24, a native of Pakistan, was arraigned Friday in federal court in Alexandria on charges that he provided material support to the militant group known as Lashkar-i-Taiba and made false statements during a terrorism investigation.
The U.S. District Court has not yet assigned Ahmad an attorney. His family could not be reached for comment.
Federal authorities allege that Ahmad created the video in September 2010 on behalf of Lashkar-i-Taiba, which advocates jihad against enemies and is thought to be behind the high-profile 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, that left 166 dead.
The five-minute video, which was posted on YouTube, features images of group leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and jihadi martyrs, along with armored trucks exploding after being hit by makeshift bombs, according to the charges.
The words “jihad” and “mujaheddin” can be heard throughout the clip; authorities believe that the video was intended to help recruit jihadists.
Authorities say Ahmad consulted with a man, who was later identified as Hafiz Mohammed Saeed’s son, Talha, on the concept for the video, including what photos, videos and music to use. Authorities did not disclose how those communications occurred.
In October 2010, Talha Saeed contacted Ahmad and told him to revise the video, giving him specific instructions, according to charges. Ahmad allegedly revised the video, adding a graphic montage of images of dead bodies, a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and a naked detainee in a defensive position before U.S. soldiers.
In a later interview with FBI agents, Ahmad allegedly falsely denied any involvement in producing the revised video.
As a teen in Pakistan, Ahmad received religious training from Lashkar-i-Taiba and attended one of the group’s basic camps, which included weapons training, according to charges.
Ahmad and other family members moved to the United States in 2007; they obtained a visa because Ahmad’s father was related to a U.S. citizen, according to court documents.
The FBI began its investigation into Ahmad in 2009, after receiving information that Ahmad may have been associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba.
A bond hearing for Ahmad was set for Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison on the charge of material support and eight years in prison on the charge of making false statements
Maybe – just maybe – this may be the turning point in this online battle. To be able to say that we’ve been a part of it – well – that’s something that makes me proud. And YouTube Smackdown would like to say thank you also to the readers of Un:dhimmi, who have been helping by flagging videos at YouTube.
The description of the video that was posted by Ahmad could be any one of the thousands of videos that are hosted by YouTube. Martyrs, exploding trucks, internationally recognized terrorist organization logos – it had it all.
It remains to be seen what the outcome of the trial will be, but if Ahmad is convicted, we can only hope that it’s just the beginning.
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