Sunday, November 21, 2010

FP Magazine documents Adam Chesser, Internet propaganda and the "South Park" controversy

Here’s another important long story in Foreign Policy, Nov. 2010, “Watching the Watchers: Al Qaeda’s new strategy is all about using our own words and actions against us; and it’s working”, p. 60, by Jarret Brachman, link here.

All this is tied to the efforts of (and then indictment of) Zachary Adam Chesser (“Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee”), and the whole “fake South Park preacher fatwa”, apparently related to some Comedy Central episodes that had made fun of Muhhamad and the nearness of the incident site to Viacom.

The video below ties a number of these threads together, including the Times Square incident on May 1.

But the FP article details (at some length) how the likes of Chesser are trying to get others to use the Web as an ideological battlefield to win “converts” (not “arguments”).

Much of this seems to relate back to indignation. Back in the early 1970s, the radical Left spread a lot of talk by leaflets about how to spread hate against the “capitalist pigs” etc. Personally, during the younger days of my adult life, I have seen all of this sort of thing before.

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