The leading story on Newsnight yesterday (16 Jan) was how "terrorists"
are making use of the web. What struck me about this was that
the main "jihadi" they focused on, Younis Tsouli, openly
labelled himself as "Terrorist 007" on all his web and
email communication. Another website that Newsnight looked at
was called YouBombIt.com. An article at The Register says Tsouli
"came no closer to a bomb than a keyboard".
Maybe I haven't got my finger on the pulse of 21st century terrorism,
but I can't say I'm going to be losing much sleep worrying about
threats posed by this bunch of losers.
Also a worrying trend here from Newsnight. Apparently, hosting
shocking videos of US bombs blowing up groups of Iraqis is "extremism".
And, of course, "extremism" is "terrorism".
This is the way that Newsnight frame it. Does this mean that pictures
of wounded or dead Iraqis on a website makes the website "terrorist"?
No doubt the Newsnight editors would laugh at the suggestion,
and yet that is the direction they are heading in.
Pity that Newsnight didn't run a story on the real terrorists
that worry most of us - Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.