FCC says it Can't Shut Down ISIS Websites But Sarasota Private Eye Bill Warner Took on Terror Websites and Got Them Shut Down Nationwide, Sarasota-based private investigator Bill Warner has tracked to a Tampa hosting company what investigators call a significant Web site used by jihadists for communications
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Tuesday November 17th, 2015…The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday shot down suggestions that the agency could take down websites used by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist groups. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) asked Friday during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee whether the FCC has the authority to block such websites and social media accounts, following last week’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. “Isn’t there something we can do under existing law to shut those Internet sites down?” Barton asked. “And I know they pop up like weeds, but once they do pop up, shut them down and turn the Internet addresses over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies to try and track them down.” “We cannot underestimate the challenge,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded. “I’m not sure our authority extends to [shut down the websites], but I do think there are specific things we can do.”
MOBILE, Ala. A Web site used by a Somali jihadist group that has been tied to a suspected terrorist from Daphne was hosted by an Internet company based in the United States since 2007, according to a private investigator, that man went by the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki aka Omar Hammami. Bill Warner, a private investigator from Sarasota, Fla., who tried to shut down a number of Web sites linked to extremist groups, said he first targeted an al-Shabaab Web site in May 2008 after the U.S. government labeled it a terrorist organization. Bill Warner said he has run a detective agency for 20 years and has been trying to shut down terrorist Web sites — on his own time without pay — since 2003, see the following list of Jihad website take downs:
1). Local Firm Removes Jihadi Web Site By HOWARD ALTMAN The Tampa Tribune Published: January 28, 200..TAMPA – A Tampa Web-hosting company has taken down a Web site used by al-Qaida for communicating in secret and hiding files from investigators. The company, Noc4Hosts, took the action Monday after it was informed about the site by The Tampa Tribune and PI Bill Warner. Noc4Hosts, at 400 N. Tampa St., is in an office building that also rents space to the Tampa district of the U.S. attorney’s office.
2). Al-Qaida Web Site’s Phoenix Hosts Follow Actions Taken In Tampa, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune, Published: February 2, 2008..For the second time this week, a Web site described as key to al-Qaida communications has been taken down by a hosting company after a call from a reporter. On Wednesday, the site was removed by a company in Phoenix after a call from the Arizona Republic newspaper. On Monday, a Web hosting company in Tampa removed a related site after a call from The Tampa Tribune based on info from PI Bill Warner. The site hosted in Phoenix – www.ek-ls.org – was one of six related al-Qaida sites previously hosted in Tampa, said Paul Henry an Internet security specialist.
3). Jihadist Web Site Taken Down, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune Published: February 19, 2008 TAMPA — One of al-Qaida supporters’ oldest and most stable Web sites apparently was taken down this morning after intel from PI Bill Warner. It contained a 21-minute audio clip calling for Palestinians to attack Jews and the United States, according to organizations that track jihadists online. The site was taken down after a call from the Tribune to the host company, which operates in Tampa. Steve Eschweiler, general manager of Noc4Hosts Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment. The site — http://www.alhesbah/ .net/v/ — is the “principal and largest jihadi forum of supporters of al-Qaida and global jihad, and the oldest existing forums,” said Reuven Paz, director of the Jerusalem-based Project for the Research of Islamist Movements.
4). Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host, By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune, Published: February 22, 2008, Tampa continues to be the focus of an international game of Internet whack-a-mole between jihadists who put up Web sites and organizations and individuals who try to shut them down. For the third time in a month, Sarasota-based private investigator Bill Warner has tracked to a Tampa hosting company what investigators call a significant Web site used by jihadists for communications, recruitment and fundraising. The company is based in the same building as the U.S. attorney’s office.
5). TAMPA (Bay News 9), Feb 26, 2008, Terrorist web sites are being hosted by U.S. companies There are radical Islamic web sites now being hosted by U.S. companies and possibly even in Tampa. Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner said last year he discovered what is known as one of the largest jihadist web sites currently online being hosted through a web company in Tampa.
6). Cyber Vigilantes Track Extremist Web Sites, Intelligence Experts Balk at Effort Saturday, March 22, 2008, By Carmen Gentile FOX News; Cyber vigilantes typically troll the Internet, searching message boards, Web sites and media sharing sites for incendiary postings from people with ties to terror groups like Al Qaeda. Using Arabic translation software, they monitor postings and even assume fake identities to join online conversations. One of them is Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla.-based private investigator and a self-proclaimed cyber-crusader. Just last month alone, Warner was instrumental in helping shut down three Web sites hosted by a Tampa Internet service provider (ISP) that contained text, images and video related to attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7). The Columbian Newspaper, Tuesday, May 06, 2008, DOTSTER UNDER FIRE FOR WEB CONTENT IN VANCOUVER WA ….A group of self-described anti-terrorist vigilantes has put the heat on Vancouver-based Dotster Inc (see Jawa Report) for hosting an Arabic- and Somali- language Web site that frequently praises leaders in Somalia’s al-Qaida organization. Dotster officials said they pass along all complaints to law enforcement agencies, but unless required by law, the company does not remove its customers’ content from the Internet.The site under fire, www.kataaib.net , is associated with the al Shabaab movement in war- and genocide-torn Somalia, according to reports from the BBC and Reuters. In addition to praising Islamist militants, the site lists news about battles and bombings in Somalia. “Kataaib” is Arabic for “Brigades.”Florida resident Bill Warner, who describes himself as an anti-terrorist vigilante, is among a collection of online activists who want to use public pressure on Dotster to get kataaib.net shut down. Dotster, a Web registration and hosting company, generates revenue by hosting Web sites.
8). In our view: Internet Censor (Bill Warner) Wednesday, May 7 1:00 a.m. COLUMBIAN EDITORIAL STAFF; A Florida man’s heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator (www.wbipi.com ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to www.kataaib.net . Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says kataaib.net supports an al-Qaida organization in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life.”There are groups like this one that associate with al-Qaida through Web sites that help promote the ideology, help find new recruits and help the effort to support terrorism,” Warner said in a Tuesday Columbian story by Courtney Sherwood. “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver.”
9). Do Cybersleuths Fight Terrorism or Cause Trouble?, Jun 19th 2008, By Howard Altman. In late May, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn) called for Google to take down videos that include incendiary speeches by al-Qaida leadership. Working as a private investigator in Sarasota, Fla., Bill Warner spends part of his day chasing errant spouses and the rest of his time tracking down jihadis. Playing a game of Internet Whack-a-Mole, Warner has helped take down nine jihadi Web sites in the past six months, including one of the most important, Alhesbah, a principal forum for supporters of al-Qaida.
10). FBI MOST WANTED TERRORIST RAMADAN SHALLAH HAS/HAD A WEBSITE HOSTED IN ASHBURN VIRGINIA JUST OUTSIDE WASHINGTON DC, TILL NOW. Tuesday, June 24, 2008. RAMADAN ABDULLAH SHALLAH’S TERROR WEBSITE http://www.falestiny.net/ was FIRST shut down on May 22ND 2008 in Dallas TX at Softlayer Tech by Sarasota Private Investigator Bill Warner but had resurfaced in Ashburn VA at Defender Technologies Group LLC… .
11). Pro Al-Qaeda Web site Run by a Charlotte Man Posted: WBTV 3..July 21, 2008 11:23 PM EDT. WBTV is investigating a 22-year old, Samir Khan, running a pro-Al-Qaeda website out of his parent’s home in north Charlotte. “It’s not a game,” says WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham who is working these reports. Private investigator Bill Warner is in Florida studying Jihad-ist websites across the world. WBTV traveled to Sarasota to interview him because he says Charlotteans need to recognize someone in their backyard is helping the enemy.
12). Records: FBI plotted Samir Khan arrest, but dropped plan …
McClatchy Washington Bureau Mar 8, 2015 – North Carolina blogger who
became a major propagandist for al Qaida … Samir Khan, 25, was a big
enough worry while he lived in Charlotte, N.C., Khan had threatened
Sarasota, Fla., private investigator Bill Warner who’d played a role in
shutting down a “jihadi website . . . owned by Samir Khan.”
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