BVD Bomber Fan Club
DEBORAH AMOS, host:
We’re going to take another look at the Internet now and the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan. Long before that attack, the bomber, Humam al-Balawi, was an active and prominent voice on extremist Islamist Web sites.
Jarret Brachman, who teaches at North Dakota State University, closely monitors many of those Web sites. He’d been following the radical postings of al-Balawi, a Jordanian doctor, who wrote under an assumed name. Brachman says that both al-Balawi and the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day are now regarded as heroes on those Web sites. Good morning.
Professor JARRET BRACHMAN (North Dakota State University): Good morning.
AMOS: You have posted some of this new material on your own Web site, and show us some of those postings that you’ve found about these two men. Just describe some of the things that we’re seeing as we’re looking at the web here.
Prof. BRACHMAN: Sure. Well, Abu Dujana al-Khorasani – this is the Jordanian triple agent, as he’s become known. He’s very quickly become a hero on the al-Qaida Web forums. And so people have been making their own photoshopped posters and celebratory banners.
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First off, OH NO! J35t3r will be after him next! but all kidding aside, I have been seeing much the same thing. In fact, if you go to the oft mentioned temp directory on my web server, you will see a folder marked OMAR. In there you will see those same banners that they are talking about in the report from NPR.
What the interviewee goes on to say is quite prescient. These people see even the failure as a success. Omar has struck a blow for the Jihad even if he did not become a shahid. In fact, in many ways, they are right about this.
Look at what the mere act of failing to blow his BVD’s and the wall of the airplane cabin into space has done.
- We are on higher alert
- More money is being spent on “Security Theatre”
- We are having to go through even more screenings (theatre)
- We are back into a just post 9/11 mode of threatcon’s on the news
So yes, they win again in many ways. Of course on the web, all of the followers out there are watching the videos, seeing these posters, and generally buying into it all hook like and sinker.
Meanwhile, it seems that generally here in the US, there seems to be a failure to compute on this…