it’s preferable to keep the sites operating as a way of tracking the spread of radical Islam, rather than try to quell them one by one

They don’t have the credibility to convince me of that.

Unwittingly hosting terror by Boston Globe journo Bryan Bender.

 “What’s useful about them is to understand the relationships between the various people that are on the sites, obviously in some cases their identities,” said a senior US counterterrorism official who asked not to be identified because of his sensitive position.

So ask the Irregulars nicely to cut you some slack on that particular web site and suggest sites whose disappearance you would applaud, Mr. Unidentifed.

“There is nothing to learn from them,” said Yigal Carmon, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who founded the Middle East Media Research Institute in Washington. “The damage they are causing is far beyond anything that can be learned.”

Yigal has cred with me.  Mr. Unidentified doesn’t.  That’s why we have counterinsurgent-supportive vitual militias conducting Computer Network Attack and applying Counterpropaganda Restrictive Measures ourselves.  We think it needs to be done and we no longer buy excuses.  Our perception has been managed to perceive the Regulars as negligent in protecting the domestic target audience from enemy propaganda.

For the government to shut them down would be “pointless,” the senior counterterrorism official said, akin to a “whack-a-mole approach to counterterrorism.”

Well Mr. Unidentified, much of what the government does is pointless.  Some of us are coming to that realization and finding non-governmental solutions to problems political appointees and career bureaucrats can’t be bothered with.

Posted this over at Dreaming 5GW:

Every mole that gets whacked inconveniences some adolescent onanistic jihadi wannabe who might begin to question the competence of people who can’t keep a site up.Whack enough moles and a certain percentage of lurkers will give it up. Irregular measures of effectiveness don’t have to withstand Congressional scrutiny, so even a small percentage of discouraged wannabes is worth doing.

It is bad for citizen morale to leave everything to Regulars, especially when the citizens become uncomfortably aware of the Regular’s wardrobe deficiencies.

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