But first my thoughts on this
There is some online differences between al Qaeda and ISIS. They still operate in Cells. The leader of the Cells run the Cell and communicate with whoever runs those specific Cells. a cell in Al Qaeda would focus on one thing like Martyrs or recruiting. ISIS does use the cell structure but their aims are more broad and they don’t focus on just one topic (i.e. recruit, hail martyrs, hail Ops, etc.) Number 6 on their list of how to counter ISIS and their online machine is the one I know we can do. In Australia they have sedition laws so it is much easier to prosecute people and get them the help they need to show them ISIS is a fraud and a shame and full of false prophets eager to send young men to their death for their global and political aims. ( Note I did NOT say RELIGIOUS….. I say POLITICAL ! ) These bad guys want all non-Muslims to hate all Muslims. That has been al Qaeda’s main goal for over 2 decades. ISIS is using the same play book, but they have found a way to use social media to make their cause the most visible and for some disenfranchised people it also is the most attractive and alluring. The nobodies in this world want to be somebody and they think this will make them someone who is heroic, admired, and part of a historic event, that will make their name live forever. The reality is most will end up as cannon fodder, the total dorks even the bad guys are not going to like much they end up as a Suicide bomber, wanting to please their Wahhabi master. That is the other thing people really need to understand what is Wahhabi where are they, and who are they. The Wahhabi are the puppeteers pulling the strings on the Jihadis, suicide bombers, Salafi’, and others, too ignorant to realize they are nothing but someone’s political puppet. Currently the Hackers Anonymous members like The ☢ The Doctor ☢ , Anthropologist ,Controlling Section , @WauchulaAnon , @DigitaShadow , OpMopUpISIS , IS Hunting Club are doing a great job of fighting ISIS online but we need more help, we need the public’s help, we need the help of the Media, Governments, and we need more tools in our tool boxes.
Western efforts to counter ISIS must account for both the content and distribution of its message. The ISIS propaganda machine is a calculated affair. It has several major goals, all of which involve an effort to simplify the complexity of the real world into a cartoonish battle between good and evil.
Here, then, are the goals ISIS is pursuing with its propaganda:
To project an image of a victorious, functioning state with the aim of retaining its current recruits and attracting new ones
To goad its enemies to invade ISIS-held territory by disseminating images of atrocities — perpetrated against both humans and ancient artifacts — while at the same time projecting an image of invincibility, to plant doubts that military action can succeed
To excite those with violent tendencies using images of extreme brutality
To advertise the benefits of joining ISIS, including: free housing, ISIS-approved schooling for children, wives, and access to sexual slaves
To place the blame for any conflict that does result on the aggression of Western governments and the incitement of “Zionists”
To recast any military action against ISIS as an action against Muslims in general, specifically by highlighting civilian casualties
Each of these goals is vulnerable to a messaging counteroffensive. We propose a 6-point plan:
Stop exaggerating ISIS’s invincibility: A first step in countering ISIS is to put it in perspective. We should not downplay its threat below a realistic level. But neither should we inflate it. ISIS relies on its projection of strength alongside the illusion of utopian domestic tranquility. Even under coalition assault, it has labored to maintain its aura of invincibility and defiance. When Western policy makers discuss “degrading” ISIS, it should be in the context of forcing ISIS to make visible concessions in order to counter military pressure. Strikes designed to degrade the group’s real internal strength are good, but our targeting priorities should also aim to expose vulnerabilities for counter-propaganda purposes.
Amplify the stories of the real wives of ISIS, and other defectors: We need to amplify the stories of defectors and refugees from the areas that ISIS controls. For example, one of the three British schoolgirls who left their East London homes in February, apparently to join ISIS, had been in contact with an infamous ISIS recruiter, Aqsa Mahmood, who specializes in recruiting young women to serve as “jihadi wives.” Stories about the horrific real lives of jihadi wives need to be told, by women who manage to run away.
Take on ISIS’s version of Islam: ISIS has developed convoluted arguments about why it engages in war crimes that are forbidden by Islamic law. Hundreds of religious scholars have taken on ISIS’s interpretation of “Islam.” Those arguments need to get to the right audience: ISIS’s potential recruits. At least some of those recruits can be reached via social media, including via one-on-one conversations.
Highlight ISIS’s hypocrisy: ISIS makes much of its supposedly puritanical virtue and promotion of chastity, whipping women who do not wear attire ISIS considers appropriate and executing gay men by throwing them off the tops of buildings. Yet according to the United Nations and ISIS’s own propaganda, its fighters are involved in a wide range of horrifying sexual abuse, from sexual slavery to the reported rape of both men and women, including adults and children. In this area, and many others, ISIS’s deranged double-standards should be addressed head-on.
Publicize ISIS’s atrocities against Sunnis: We need to fully exploit aerial and electronic surveillance and remote imaging to show what really happens in the belly of the beast. We should pay particular attention to documenting war crimes and atrocities against Sunni Muslims in regions controlled by ISIS. It is patently obvious that ISIS has no qualms about advertising its war crimes against certain classes of people — Shi’a Muslims primarily, and religious minorities such as the Yazidis. ISIS claims to protect Sunnis from sectarian regimes in both Iraq and Syria. While ISIS is happy to flaunt its massacres of Shi’ites and Iraqi military personnel, it has been relatively quiet in regard to its massacres of uncooperative Sunni tribes. Our counter-messaging should highlight the murder of Sunnis in particular.
Aggressively suspend ISIS social media accounts: There is a robust debate over the merits of suspending extremist social media accounts, which encompasses a complex set of issues including free speech and the question of who should decide what content is acceptable. What we do know, based on an analysis of tens of thousands of Twitter accounts, is that suspensions do limit the audience for ISIS’s gruesome propaganda. The current rate of suspensions is damaging the ISIS social media machine. It should be maintained at the current rate, at the very least — but it would be better to get more aggressive.
The nations fighting ISIS need an organization to run a counter-narrative campaign. Madison Avenue advertising gurus aren’t capable of leading this effort; it should instead be led by individuals who know how to access at-risk youth. A commission needs to study how ISIS and related groups market themselves, and develop a plan for competing directly in those markets, while at the same time developing a strategy for expanding into other markets.
One model, still in a testing phase, is called “P2P: Challenging Extremism.” This initiative provides an opportunity for university students from the United States, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia to create an online community whose goal is to counter the extremist narrative by becoming educated influencers. With support from the U.S. Department of State, the effort is being run by a private organization called EdVentures, that helps companies such as Honda market to youth. After students conduct primary research, they will be competing to develop the best products, tools, or digital initiative that will be developed in the language of their peers, the effectiveness of which will be measured.
Containing ISIS will take a multi-pronged approach, including, most importantly, pressure on its real world components. But the presence of Western troops on the ground entails significant risk, and could backfire by helping ISIS recruit additional personnel who buy into its false narrative about a Western crusade against Islam. While a propaganda campaign will not defeat ISIS, it can lead to “seeds of doubt,” which former terrorists often describe as central to their decisions to leave terrorism behind. With a major effort, it has been possible to alter narratives in respect to other dangerous activities. Consider the CDC anti-smoking campaign involving “tips from former smokers,” which reportedly led 100,000 individuals to give up smoking in its first three-month long effort. We need an analogous campaign, with tips from former jihadis, spread widely over the ever-changing social media environment and beyond. Such a campaign, to be effective, will require money and effort. But the costs of such efforts are tiny compared to military force, whether counted in dollars, loss of life, or blowback on American streets. It’s a smart investment.
Independent Online Terrorist Hunter
I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is.
I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.