U.S. Strategy for Countering Jihadist Web Sites, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, September 29, 2010   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Brad Sherman: "We have seen extremists use the Internet for a growing number of activities, including recruitment, propaganda, psychological warfare, and soliciting financial support. Today's hearing is to focus on how to best counter those activities and basically to ask the question: Why aren't we doing so? The growing number of instances in which the Internet is used for extremist activity is quite long. For example, in March, the Washington Post reported that extremists used the Internet to pass along U.S. operational information to insurgents in Iraq. Perhaps the best-known example is Major Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter who was influenced by extremist propaganda on the Internet. The five men in Northern Virginia who traveled via Pakistan to attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan made contact with the extremist organization over the Web as well. We see groups like Fajr, which not only maintain their own Web site but have a dedicated nexus to communicate with other extremist groups. One can find the many books and essays pushing the extremist position on the line, and you can find instructions on how to download extremist content onto your cell phone. The question is, what is our response? The politically correct response is for us to monitor what is going on and maybe detect who is visiting these sites. [...] I would prefer to see us shut down these sites. Now, you can argue the First Amendment, but the fact is that while you cannot scream fire in a crowded theater, you also cannot legally try to raise money for terrorists or provide an article how to 'Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom' or advocate that people do so. What we are talking about here are sites that are not protected by the U.S. First Amendment." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mansour Al-Hadj, Christopher Boucek, Gregory S. McNeal, David Scott, and Brad Sherman.

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