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  • johnpi 10:32 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink
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    Several days ago I posted a photo from Internet vigilante Charlie Flowers’ Facebook page that i contended showed he had an English Defence League connnection. Richard Bartholomew looked at the same photo and thought I had made an ‘imaginative leap.’

    Flowers’ or one of his ‘Cheerleader’ associates has resolved the issue themselves by posting new photos to Facebook of Flowers meeting with EDL youth division leader Joel Titus, an activist with a history of violence who was recently arrested for assaulting a photojournalist, and Matthew Kaplan, who Bartholomew reports is the paid EDL publications coordinator responsible for leaflets and press releases.

    In comments to Bartholomew’s earlier post, Flowers’ or one of his supporters seems to have been most animated by the accusation that Flowers may be affiliated with or have affinity for racists or white supremacists. This latest photo seems a calculated response meant to subvert that conclusion. An anti-Fascist publication describes the mixed-race Titus as the figure the EDL “parades to the media as proof of their non-racist agenda.” Kaplan is a Jewish American student from Seattle, which supposedly rebuts the EDL’s reputation for Nazi affinities. Kaplan has appeared at several EDL demonstrations waving the Israeli flag. However the presence of minorities and Jews is hardly a defense. Racism and religious persecution are as much about who you exclude as who you let in.

    Flowers and his Internet vigilante friends the ‘Cheerleaders’ claim to be opposed to Islamic extremism, but they are actually against Islam and target Muslims indiscriminately, just as their fellow travelers in the EDL do, and there is no better evidence of that than the intimidation tactics they engaged in here at Talk Islam, publishing several front page contributors’ home addresses and sending mail to one blogger’s home. They have also repeatedly threatened me.

    None of those targeted – Hussein Rashid, Aziz Poonawalla or myself – could be described as anything other than moderate or progressive Muslims who have wrtten against extremism and religious violence.

     
    • johnpi 12:13 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ‘Cheerleaders’ threaten Richard Bartholomew yet again:

      I’ve met this bunch. They genuinely don’t give a flying one about anything or anyone, no one manipulates them, and they laugh at legal and police business. Ireland was an absolute fool to go up against them and I’d advise you lot not to either because they will mess you up. In the same way you’d be a bit daft to conduct a campaign against the Reading branch of the Hell’s Angels, I’d advise you not to needle the Cheerleaders.

      It’s laughable bs, but it’s important to call these things what they are…

      • aziz 7:27 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        just in case its not clear – worth posting Richard’s commen in responset:

        Richard Bartholomew, on February 12th, 2010 at 12:43 am Said:
        I see you’re using the same IP proxy as “Barry G” – a proxy which I have only ever had before from various “Cheerleaders”. Drop the pretences. Looks to me like you’re making a threat while hiding behind a “third-person” pose and yet another fake name. Also looks to me like a last resort on your part.
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  • johnpi 4:18 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink
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    Cyber-stalker Charlie Flowers’ English Defense League connection.

    Flowers’ group (‘the Cheerleaders‘) vows to engage in vigilante intimidation campaigns against online Islamists, but of the actions we know of, he and the group have mostly harassed moderate and progressive Muslims (here at Talk Islam), and UK leftists like Tim Ireland who has written against the BNP, an even more extreme right-wing, racist group than the EDL. Ireland was also the subject of a ‘Cheerleaders’ death threat, when Flowers or someone affiliated with the group threatened a “machete to your throat.”

    Here’s a photo from Flowers’ Facebook page:

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    Flowers is the balding, middle-aged man at far left in the back. The date the photo was taken is unknown, but it was posted to Facebook on Dec. 2. The others in the photo are Darren Marsh, ‘Shooter Kirpachi’ and Bill Baker. Marsh, on his Facebook page, is a ‘fan’ of a number of British nationalist affinity sites such as “English and proud,” “English Democrats – Putting England first!” and “England,” the latter two being fan pages of the English Democrat Party. The London mayoral candidate for the EDP withdrew in 2008 after he found that the party had entered into an alliance with the “avowedly racist” (Wikipedia) England First Party not to stand against one another. The candidate, Matt O’Connor, described EDP members this way:

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    • johnpi 10:39 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My response to Richard Bartholomew’s review of this post here.

    • Barry 4:05 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      sorry, but this entire post is complete rubbish. Have you got any hard evidence for any of this? “Charlie” aka Matyi, runs a Muslim festival and helps with a Muslim charity. Please send me any evidence, Johnpi.

  • johnpi 1:54 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Alex Malloy, , cyber-terror, , , Johnny Yeah, Jon Chappell, Kooba Radio, Redwire Design, , The Boy Malloy, ,   

    Blogger Tim Ireland has uncovered some more associates of the ‘Cheerleaders,’ a group of Internet vigilantes who claim to stalk and victimize Islamist Muslims online, but who (as is usually the case with vigilantes) have targeted a wide range of random innocent people, including several bloggers on this site, and especially Ireland himself, who was threatened with a comment about a “machete to your throat.”

    The importance of discovering these new associates of ‘the Cheerleaders’ is in determining if they are involved in the bullying, threats of violence and cyber-stalking antics themselves, especially when reporting this behavior to the police, and in using the public forum of the Internet to shame these individuals and businesses by attaching their reprehensible actions to their names. Newly identified associates include:

    • Jon Chappell aka ‘Johnny Yeah’ of Kooba Radio, which Richard Bartholomew describes as “an obscure Internet radio station.”

    • Alex Malloy aka ‘The Boy Malloy’ who cofounded Kooba Radio with Chappell.

    • Angela Collins, another cofounder of Kooba Radio.

    • Kooba Radio.

    Redwire Design, a web design company.

    The link amongst these is that Chappell was cced on some of the threats sent to Ireland. An account at Twitter and on Youtube that are associated with Chappell and Kooba radio were also used in the campaign of harassment against Ireland.

    The website of Kooba radio is hosted by a company called Redwire Design, and it just so happens that the person who answers the phones at Redwire is Alex Malloy, Chappell’s partner. Ireland called Malloy and queried him about his involvement. Malloy’s response was “Take the hint and f*** off.”

    I think it is safe to infer from that response that Malloy is aware of the threats of violence and the cyber-stalking (‘take a hint’) and he did not deny involvement or express disapproval of the illegal behavior. Here’s a pic of Malloy taken from the Redwire site:

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  • johnpi 12:14 am on January 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Steve Emerson, of Smearcasting fame, has a report on his blog about yet another Internet vigilante who has supposedly been bombing Islamist-leaning websites and Internet forums since the start of the year with DOS attacks (‘denial of service’).

    The latest anonymous avenger calls himself, ‘The Jester’ (the Riddler, the Joker and the Green Lantern were all taken).

    The Jester has been documenting his attacks against http://www.alemarah.info, http://www.radicalislam.org, islamicpoint.net, http://www.almaghrib.org, http://www.as-ansar.com, http://www.islamicnetwork.com, http://www.islamicawakening.com, http://www.ansarnet.info, since the beginning of 2010.

    I don’t visit any of these sites, but I’m curious if anybody who does has noticed any disrupted service since the beginning of the year.

    Emerson gives his take on weighing the pros and cons of Internet vigilantism. Most of the cons have already been pretty well described by Richard Bartholomew and have been brought up in conversation here at TI with another group of vigilantes, ‘the Cheerleaders.’ This is the first time though that I’ve seen someone try to articulate the ‘pro vigilante’ argument:

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    • awais 5:25 am on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      almaghrib is islamist? o.O’ dumb jafis need to do their homework ><

      • johnpi 10:00 am on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah. We’re lucky we’re not on the list, considering the level of jafi stupidity…lash out at all things Muzzie seems to have been the operating principle…

  • johnpi 6:46 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , cyber-terror, ,   

    Russia has banned the video game Modern Warfare II until the “airport” mission is removed from the program.

    The airport mission, you may recall, shows four Russian terrorists moving through an airport terminal massacring unarmed civilians.

    A reader at Game Politics had a cutting comment:

    I wonder what the Russians would say if someone made a movie about the way the Russians REALLY fought the war in Afghanistan. You know, killing livestock and children and women from their helicopters, setting boobytraps aimed specifically at children, raping the locals.

     
  • johnpi 12:50 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Modern Warfare 2 video game simulation of airport terror attack leaked early to the web, draws outrage.

    A video game called Modern Warfare 2 will be released next week that includes a scenario putting the player in the role of a terrorist carrying out an attack on unarmed civilians at an airport. The player joins a team of four terrorists who use automatic weapons and explosives to massacre civilians as they move through the terminal. Unusually, it’s receiving as much criticism and rejection from with the gaming community as from without. One reviewer speculated that it was partially based on the Mumbai terror attacks last year.

    Another reviewer said:

    i just saw the video. there’s “a line”, and i think that line has been crossed with this inclusion. morally, there is an enormous difference between trained combatant vs. combatant and combatant vs. innocent civilians. so this is not just like D-Day or Pearl Harbor scenes. i realize this is reality, and yes, it happens in the world every day, but it’s cruel, gutless and sickening, and i think putting players behind the gun in this situation is going too far.

    Activism games has been very aggressive about forcing websites to remove the leaked clip of the attack, though I did find a link that I’ll put below the fold, along with still shots of some of the carnage represented in the game (warning, very explicit).

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    • Len 1:13 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Activism games has been very aggressive

      I think you mean Activision.

    • javs 1:35 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      well gamers are nerds anyways they arent going to be offended…

      i think this is more a publicity stunt from activision by leaking a video to create more hype…

    • Buzz 1:28 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Awesome. I just bought a PS3. Gaming and blue ray! Whaddadeal!
      I want to start a virtual cell that only targets virtual politicians.
      Delicious.

      • Buzz 1:33 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Anti-hero first person shooter! Brilliant.
        IU can’t say anything good will come of it, cuz that is not really the point, it is only entertainment, but maybe people will learn about terrorism by stepping in their shoes.
        I wonder if you can choose who hunts you down….lowest setting – Condolezza Rice led forces – highest would probably be Russian KGB who will also kill citizens without hesitation just to get to you.

    • Dan 4:24 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a bunch of whingers. This is 1999 all over again. Where is that dumbass Joseph Lieberman crusading over this as he did over video games in the late 90′s, along with Al Gore’s pathetic wife Tipper? That’s the only thing missing.

      They should harden up and go cry about something else more important.

      • shams 7:55 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        well..if the wingnuts cant ban grand theft auto they won’t be able to ban this.
        ppl that are offended wont buy it.
        the invisible hand of the market an’ all that.
        capitalisma, si!

    • Len 7:04 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

  • johnpi 7:52 am on September 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , cyber-terror, , , terrorist threats   

    UK blogger Tim Ireland threatened with violence by Internet vigilantes.

    As excerpted by Richard Bartholomew, here’s Tim Ireland in response to the threat:

    Today, I am seriously discussing with my wife not the ifs/buts, but the whens/wheres of moving her and the kids to a safe/unknown location.

    Judging by their track record and past trolling technique, I have little doubt that this will lead to jeers from the ‘Cheerleaders’, who will then go on to assure one and all that I’m hysterical and they’re harmless, but even if I’m going to take them at their word on that, I also have to take into account:

    a) The many people these ‘Cheereladers’ have sent/broadcast my home address to

    b) The lies these ‘Cheerleaders’ have been putting about publicly and privately…

    c) The 50+ false claims that I am a convicted paedophile that Glen Jenvey (the author) is unable to remove and Google (the host) refuses to delete

    We live in a country where paediatricians are the targets of mobs of illiterate tabloid readers, so I don’t think I’m wrong to be this worried…

    Bartholomew writes: “I know that Tim can be a polarizing figure when it comes to politics, but this is a situation which should concern everyone. If you believe in freedom of speech, this kind of thuggery and harassment must be opposed – whoever is on the receiving end of it.”

    Shouldn’t the UK police be investigating the ‘Cheerleaders’ for making terrorist threats?

     
    • mirelle 8:13 am on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow. I’d been desultorily following this little feud from across the pond, as it seemed a bit impenetrable to those of us outside of British politics and the Birthers here in the states are just slightly more fascinatingly whacked out. However, I don’t know that any Birther has challenged any blogger exposing their follies to a fight. Yikes. Stay safe, Tim and Bartholomew.

  • johnpi 12:11 am on September 26, 2009 Permalink
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    UK blogger facing sustained harassment including publication of his home address.

    The harassers claim the blogger is “in league with Islamic extremists” to justify their behavior. This is probably the same individual or individuals who post the home addresses of several Talk Islam contributors back in the spring, and who I blogged about here, and more recently, here.

     
  • johnpi 11:46 pm on January 29, 2009 Permalink
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    ‘If it weren’t for those meddling kids’: An obscure anti-Muslim blogger has complained about the Guardian newspaper relying on reports from another “obscure blogger” to expose the fraud of his friend Glen Jenvey, a purported online Muslim terrorist hunter who is in reality the sockmaster of phony Internet sockpuppet Muslim terrorists.

    Self-promoter Jenvey managed to get The Sun newspaper to splash a story across its front page that his sockpuppets were threatening prominent UK Jews.

     
  • johnpi 9:49 am on January 17, 2009 Permalink
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    Vigilante watch: Super-secret agents who stalk Muslims are sending each other to prison

    More about that high-energy Montana housewife who was credited with helping convict two “terrorists.” From Wikipedia, here’s a bit more about one of the “terrorists” she helped convict:

    One of the “terrorists,” Michael Curtis Reynolds, was a transient living with his mother at the time of arrest (he threatened to blow up oil pipelines). Reynolds, in his defense, “claimed that he was running an independent sting operation, hoping to expose terrorist cells working within the United States.”

     
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