Internet And Terrorism Now And In The Future
The recent terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts, was a horrific event and one that we will remember forever. The marathon was ruined, a servant of the law was murdered and the blood of the most innocent and precious, an 8-year-old child, was spilt. This type of evil, pale and void of feeling, is the same awful monster that we had witnessed during the Oklahoma City Bombings and 911. People who want to disrupt our lives, massacre our children and attempt to ruin Western Civilization are like a private army with the will to annihilate future generations.
In their minds, there is no idea of war-time or peace time. They sit by their virtual and imagined battlefields, tinkering with primitive ideologies behind masks of heroism. Terrorism is not and never will be something that we can overcome through pacifism, appeasement, negotiation, a kind word or flowery metaphor. We should fight with wisdom, justice and the American way. Abandoning our values, relaxing and loosening the threads of liberty, is a path to self-destruction and annihilation by those who would subjugate us.
Understanding the mindset and mentality of terrorists, especially ones who are technologically advanced, is essential for preventing the dangerous combination of the Internet and terrorism.
In our modern world, the terrorist’s most formative weapon is the Internet. This is the method that they use to not only communicate with each other, but to obtain materials and formulate strategies and plans. It is important to understand that technological savvy terrorists do not always obtain information on how to construct weapons of destruction through websites that have publicly registered domain names, or that appear in search engines. Using such seemingly advanced methods to obtain data is not new.
Hacking Groups have been inventing new ways of hiding and accessing information across the Internet for many years. Actually, if one were to analyze the history of personal computers and the Internet one would find that many elements, even after 20 years of existence, are still barely known to the average citizen and public body. As Americans, we need to understand the nature of the Internet a little bit better.
To prevent terrorism in the future, average citizens and communities must be more proactive in monitoring suspicious activity, not only in the “real world,” but also on the Internet. Terrorists communicate with each other across the Internet in many pseudo anonymous and clever ways. Many of which are only still understood by law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and private citizens with computer science and engineering backgrounds. For example, terrorists, understanding how to hide behind the fabric of the internet’s popular means of entertainment might log onto gaming networks, play video games together, and meanwhile, converse about their next operation.
This kind of information can easily be mistaken as being related to the game at hand, or simply the actions of an immature teenager. Most casual gamers would probably not take notice to what is being said, as online video games are known to have unusual chat and disruptive players from time to time. Chat logs for online game networks and many other Internet-based forms of social interaction, such as forums and message boards, cannot always be found through search engines. Anybody with an internet connection can create forums and message boards, implement private passwords and converse pseudo anonymously. Terrorists can use Skype and other popular high-tech forms of voice and visual communication, to converse and cover their tracks through a wide variety of different methods. Usenet and IRC are also potential tools.
The Internet is now the most efficient and effective vehicle of communication across Planet Earth. It will continue to grow, expand, and change. Neighborhoods and local communities should create Internet forums where they can discuss local issues, share information, and simply inform each other of what they see happening in their local areas. They should be proactive in posting anything that they might find to be alarming or suspicious. They should also be proactive in emailing or calling their local law enforcement agencies. I realize that many American communities already have and utilize these means of communication, but the use of the Internet as a safety tool for families and neighborhoods needs to be expanded.
In fighting terrorism, the formula for victory is not to be silent and stand alone but to come together, help each other, communicate and let one’s neighbor know that you are there as a friend and fellow citizen.by