Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wonderful: Jihadi-Loving Website Back in Business

Such a charming bunch.
A militant New York website tied to terror plotters - and shut down for promoting violence - has resurfaced under a new name.

Revolution Muslim has been linked to at least a third of almost two dozen homegrown terror schemes exposed during the past year, investigators said.

The site was taken down Nov. 5, after an uproar over a user posting that called for the assassination of members of the British Parliament who voted for the Iraq war.

The posting, which gave tips on how to meet with the pols, went up after a 21-year-old woman radicalized through the site was sentenced to life for trying to stab an MP.

Website co-founder Younus Abdullah Muhammad, 31, disavowed the posting and others urging violence.

"It was ill-advised and not a platform that I or Revolution Muslim ever held," said the Columbia University graduate. "I did not say, 'Bomb them, kill them,' I don't have those opinions. You cannot be responsible for what people do with your message."

Sources said Google pulled the plug on Revolution Muslim on Nov. 5 at the prompting of the U.S. and U.K. government officials. Eleven days later, a notice went up that its new home was
No doubt they're strong supporters of the Ground Zero Mosque.
"Revolution Muslim, in its various forms, provided an ideology that could be used to justify violence," said Mitch Silber, head of the NYPD's intellegence analysis division.

Investigators uncovered ties to a roster of terror suspects:

* Samir Khan, a former Queens resident, is allegedly behind the new English-language online magazine "Inspire," produced by Al Qaeda's Yemen branch, which tried to bomb two U.S.-bound airplanes. Officials say Khan was a regular in Revolution Muslim chatrooms. Muhammad said while he knew Khan, he didn't recall him posting.

* The website's spiritual adviser was Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical Jamaican cleric who intel experts say was a motivator of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

* Former Staten Islander Abdel Shehadeh, who was busted for lying about trying to join the Taliban. Shehadeh allegedly advertised his own jihadist website on Revolution Muslim.

* Mohamed Alessa of North Bergen, N.J., and Carlos Almonte of Elmwood, N.J., are accused of trying to travel to Somalia to join an Al Qaeda spinoff. Prosecutors say they drew inspiration from Revolution Muslim.
Speaking of "Inspire," they're out with a new edition.
In a new issue of a magazine released Saturday by a branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen, the terror group provided a detailed breakdown of its attempt to blow up cargo planes last month, bragged about the plot's simple execution and said the plan signaled a new focus toward smaller, inexpensive attacks.

The group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, boasted in the English-language online magazine "Inspire" that the plan to blow two United States-bound cargo planes out of the sky last month using computer printer cartridges stuffed with explosives – known as "Operation Hemorrhage" -- cost only $4,200 and was organized by "less than six brothers."

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