Who is Producing Fake "Al Qaeda" Videos?

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Saw this:

 U.S. officials and counterterrorism experts say the airline attack and last November's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, prove that simple, well-played smaller attacks against the United States also can be harmful to the American psyche, although not as devastating as a 9/11-style attack.

In a recent Internet posting, U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn made a public pitch for such smaller, single acts of jihad.

"Even apparently unsuccessful attacks on Western mass transportation systems can bring major cities to a halt, cost the enemy billions and send his corporations into bankruptcy," Gadahn said in a video released and translated by U.S.-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamic militant message traffic.

And had to ask myself a) who the hell is this SITE Intelligence Group and b) why would anyone take them seriously, as opposed to investigating what link they have to the so-called militants they promote--er, expose?

Discovered this on wikipedia:

SITE Institute

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The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group was an organization that tracked the online activity of terrorist organizations[1]. The SITE Institute was founded in 2002 by Rita Katz and Josh Devon, who had left the Investigative Project (a private Islamist-terrorist tracking group).[2] In early 2008 it ceased its operations, and some its staff formed the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit entity, to continue some of its activities[3]

[edit] "Al-Qaeda" tapes

  • (July 4, 2007.) A video by Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was obtained by SITE "ahead of its release on the internet by militant web sites".[4] It was "first reported by IntelCenter and SITE, two U.S.-based groups that monitor militant messages".[5] (The video had been "provided by al-Qaeda's As-Sahab Media to IntelCenter".[6])
  • Sept. 7, 2007: SITE obtained a 30-minute video of "Osama bin Laden" and provided it to Associated Press. Bin Laden's image is "frozen" for all but 3½ minutes of the tape. [7] SITE "beat al-Qaeda by nearly a full day with the release of the ... video". [8] The US government later pronounced the video authentic. See also 2007 Osama bin Laden video.

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Islamists Bring Fight to Capital of Algeria." The New York Times. April 11, 2007 [1]
  2. ^ Benjamin Wallace-Wells, "Private Jihad: How Rita Katz got into the spying business", The New Yorker, May 29, 2006.
  3. ^ SITE Institute web site
  4. ^ Associated Press, "Al-Qaida Deputy Speaks in New Video" (caption to video still), ABC News online, July 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Print version of ABC article
  6. ^ Agence France Presse, "Al-Qaeda number two slams Hamas for seeking negotiations", July 4, 2007.
  7. ^ Associated Press, "New Usama Bin Laden Video ...", Fox News, Sept. 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Joby Warrick, "Bin Laden, Brought to You by ...", Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2007, p.A01.

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I just have this to say... are you f***ing kidding me?