Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Jihadist websurfing habits

Some Russian hackers went into a British Islamist website called Islambase and spied on what its users do....
Several Islambase members were caught in uncompromising situations by their keystrokes: two male members and one woman stand out.

The woman, who goes by the name of Umm Sulayman and is accountable on the Islambase site for a post entitled Ramadan message from Belmarsh (a British jail currently housing many Islamist extremist prisoners) spent hours on her computer just a few days before Christmas doing some shopping at the supermarket Sainsburys online (a penchant for American Coca Cola and chips, I see) and reading that kafir bastion, the BBC news website, for more than half an hour. It was where she went after catching up with the news that is most interesting: first to a celebrity site where she caught up on a story about Britney Spears and then - clearly on a buying spree - she popped into the online lingerie store Agent Provocateur, where, after leafing through the "adventures" section, she then put in her credit card details for 1 pair of Love briefs before deciding that £48.00 + Package and posting was perhaps too much for a pair of invisible knickers.

Abu Jihad - recently responsible for a gloating post on Islambase about the five British hostages in Iraq, which he summed up with the beautifully scribed "When Jihad beckons no Fatwa is soughts Fatwa on the Day of Jihad is blood"- likewise spent an age online a couple of nights before Christmas.

Popping in and out of Islambase, he too sought regular refuge in the BBC news website, as well as on Youtube where he watched the footballer Thierry Henry score a goal against Brazil (didn't the Taliban shoot people for playing football?) before watching Salma Hayek on Letterman in an interview where she discusses her breasts. It's at one thirty in the morning when the real Abu Jihad appears and turns to the website Pandora'ssecrets.com where he logs in (clearly a regular site user) and spends forty five minutes flitting between sex stories; not male stories but female ones. There's no movement at all for a long while, then the escape button is hit and the computer is turned off at half two, before switching on again in the morning to check the BBC headlines again.

But it's Islambase's Hamza who shows himself to be the least likely pure Islamist. He is the most regular poster on Islambase and when he's not glorifying terror or insulting Jews, Hindus, Kafir and everyone else on the face of the planet, he's posting Global News stories, designed not to pierce the Islambase bubble - nice stories about how well Al Qaeda is actually doing (really...promise!) and how corrupt the West is (his favourite posts are about paedophiles and men having sex with bicycles).

Hamza requires a psychiatrist but none advertise themselves on Islambase. Luton-based Hamza uses a network computer and a private one - he's caught on both. What he gets up to on the private one is most fascinating:

In one keyboard impression trail, Hamza shows himself up as a genuine sicko; visiting the site Strangeland.com, he goes to a section entitled Death Flix and watches a video called "Leftovers from suicide bomb", then a video called "Iraqi execution: WARNING GRAPHIC" before tucking into some "Franz Reichelt Jumps Off the Eiffel Tower with his Coat Parachute and Dies". He then switches to Strangeland's porn section where he watches several short clips including: "Wifey in the shower", "Trapeze titties on Titty Tuesday", "Pedifile's Punishment" and "Santa's Jugs".

After seventeen minutes on Strangeland, he goes for something even more hardcore on a site called Puretna. Clicking on "TNAFlix full length streaming po-rn movies for free!!!" he then clicks on "Long Videos" and starts browsing by category. I won't print here the results of the category search he undertakes but - according to the Russians - the categories he searches through include "Ga-y/Bi-Male", "She-Male/Trans" and "Home Made". One stream is particularly indicative of Hamza's online desires:



Noting the hypocrisy of jihadists pretending to be "moral" is nothing new, but it did remind me of an article I read recently that makes the case that increased access to pornography reduces rape.

Perhaps we need to provide Islamist communities with more porn access to reduce misogynist crime? Clearly the market is there.

(h/t Jawa Report)