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Muslim extremists using YouTube to wage jihad

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 2, 2008 | 11:56 pm

Reuters brings us up to speed on the YouTube how-to training Islamic extremists are offering:

Last week, an extremist authored step-by-step instructions on posting video to YouTube, which he described as “one of the most famous and biggest international sites that publish sections of videos from all over the world.”

The posting encourages readers to post scenes of Western forces coming under attack to, it says, “shame the Crusaders by publishing clips of videos showing their losses, which they hid for a long time.”

Islamic extremists have long used the Internet as a tool to communicate with supporters and distribute propaganda but the latest posting specifically coaxes militants toward YouTube and touts it as a user-friendly tool.

“I say that the YouTube site is one of the easiest sites to record and upload the clips,” the posting states, pointing readers to the software they might need to publish on the Internet.

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“I ask you, by Allah, as soon as you read this subject, to start recording on YouTube, and to start cutting and uploading and posting clips on the jihadist, Islamic, and general forums,” the posting states.

YouTube, a unit of Google Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment on how it might respond to the types of postings described in the message.

In other news that can’t be helping my Google stock, the blog Mashable published two screengrabs of Google ads on news stories about the Mumbai terror attacks. Both screengrabs an online certificate in terrorism. I’m not making this up.

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