Pakistan Blocks You Tube Part Two

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Yesterday evening Flap had the story about the government of Pakistan ordering the block of American media giant You Tube because of Islamic religious objections.

First, it was the Mohammed Cartoons and international newspaper censorship and riots in the Muslim world. Now, it is the government of Pakistan censoring electronic media, You Tube, in the name of religion.

Pakistan has ordered all Internet service providers to block the YouTube website for containing “blasphemous” content and material considered offensive to Islam, officials said Sunday.

An inter-ministerial committee has decided to block YouTube because it contained “blasphemous content, videos and documents,” a government official told Agence France-Presse. “The site will remain blocked till further orders.”

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the country’s 70 Internet service providers Friday that the popular website would be blocked until further notice, the Associated Press reports.

The authority did not specify what the offensive material was, but a PTA official said the ban concerned a movie trailer for an upcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has said he plans to release an anti-Koran movie portraying the religion as fascist and prone to inciting violence against women and homosexuals.

The PTA official, who asked not to be identified because he was not an official spokesman, said the PTA also blocks web sites that show controversial drawings of the prophet Muhammad.

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An extended interview with popular Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders on his upcoming anti-Koran film for Dutch television. Also discussed – Muslim immigration, tolerance and democracy.

But, apparently, Pakistan blocked more than just Pakistan’s access to You Tube.

Most of the world’s Internet users lost access to YouTube for several hours Sunday after an attempt by Pakistan’s government to block access domestically affected other countries.

The outage highlighted yet another of the Internet’s vulnerabilities, coming less than a month after broken fiber-optic cables in the Mediterranean took Egypt off line and caused communications problems from the Middle East to India.

An Internet expert explained that Sunday’s problems arose when a Pakistani telecommunications company accidentally identified itself to Internet computers as the world’s fastest route to YouTube. But instead of serving up videos of skateboarding dogs, it sent the traffic into oblivion.

On Friday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered 70 Internet service providers to block access to YouTube.com, because of anti-Islamic movies on the video-sharing site, which is owned by Google.

The block was intended to cover only Pakistan, but extended to about two-thirds of the global Internet population, starting at 1:47 p.m. ET Sunday, according to Renesys Corp., a Manchester, N.H., firm that keeps track of the pathways of the Internet for telecommunications companies and other clients.

The greatest effect was in Asia, were the outage lasted for up to two hours, Renesys said.

And, why?

To silence Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilders who just happens to have an anti-radical Islamic film about to debut on You Tube.

No freedom of speech in Pakistan. But, other countries had better work with Google to correct the ability of one country to limit internet access to the rest of the world.

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Pakistan Blocks You Tube

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A man watches a clip on the popular video-sharing website YouTube. Pakistan has ordered all Internet service providers to block the YouTube website for containing “blasphemous” content and material considered offensive to Islam, officials have said.

First, it was the Mohammed Cartoons and international newspaper censorship and riots in the Muslim world. Now, it is the government of Pakistan censoring electronic media, You Tube, in the name of religion.

Pakistan has ordered all Internet service providers to block the YouTube website for containing “blasphemous” content and material considered offensive to Islam, officials said Sunday.

An inter-ministerial committee has decided to block YouTube because it contained “blasphemous content, videos and documents,” a government official told Agence France-Presse. “The site will remain blocked till further orders.”

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the country’s 70 Internet service providers Friday that the popular website would be blocked until further notice, the Associated Press reports.

The authority did not specify what the offensive material was, but a PTA official said the ban concerned a movie trailer for an upcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has said he plans to release an anti-Koran movie portraying the religion as fascist and prone to inciting violence against women and homosexuals.

The PTA official, who asked not to be identified because he was not an official spokesman, said the PTA also blocks web sites that show controversial drawings of the prophet Muhammad.

Flap supposes that this site is blocked in Pakistan as well because of Flap’s refusal to NOT display the Mohammed Cartoons.

Freedom of speech becomes merely words unless it is supported by the rule of law. Shame on Pakistan.

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Pakistan Watch: Pakistan Army Destroys Al Qaeda Hideout Near Afghan Border

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AP: Pakistan army destroys al-Qaida hideouts

Pakistan’s army destroyed three suspected al-Qaida hideouts in an air strike near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing several members of the terror group, an army spokesman said.

The military carried out the operation in South Waziristan tribal region after receiving information that 25 to 30 al-Qaida members were hiding there, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan.

“We believe most of them were killed, but we don’t have a body count,” he said.

Sultan said some terror group members at the sites were foreigners, but “no high-value target was believed to be there.”

Sultan said the destroyed al-Qaida hideouts were in an isolated area near the village of Zaoola, which is close to North Waziristan where the government in September signed a controversial peace deal with tribal elders to halt military operations against militants.

In return, local militants and tribal elders at the time promised to not provide shelter to any foreign militants, nor target Pakistani security forces and pro-government elders.

However, the government has not signed any such deal in South Waziristan, where the military has carried out scores of operations against al-Qaida and their local supporters since the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Wait until tomorrow for the Pakistan protests and/or riots.

Job well done…….

KILL THEM ALL……..

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Global War on Terror Watch: Pakistani Airstrikes Spark Protests

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Pakistani activists from Islami Jamiat Tulba — the student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami fundamentalist party — shout slogans after setting US flags alight during a protest in Karachi. Radical Islamic leaders in Pakistan called for mass protests 31 October after around 80 people died in an airstrike on a suspected Al-Qaeda-linked training camp at a religious school.

AP: Pakistani airstrike sparks protests

Pakistan’s army spokesman said Tuesday that the military used intelligence from U.S.-led coalition forces in a helicopter attack that left 80 people dead. Thousands of angry tribesmen decried both governments over the killings.

Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, the chief army spokesman, told The Associated Press that American forces did not take part in Monday’s attack on a religious school, or madrassa, that Pakistan called a front for an al-Qaida training camp.

But he said his government received intelligence as part of long-standing cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition forces in
Afghanistan to battle terrorists operating along the porous border between the countries.

“Intelligence sharing was definitely there, but to say they (the coalition) have carried out the operation, that is absolutely wrong,” Sultan said. “One doesn’t know … what was the percentage of help (was provided).”

Sultan later contacted the AP to deny he had made the remarks.

Ok, whatever!

How much did the Coalition forces contribute to yesterday’s airstrike is irrelevant. The fact that the airstrike happened and struck into Pakistan is noteworthy. But is it enough?

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Pakistani students from Islami Jamiat-e-Talba group shout slogans and burn an effigy of U.S. President George W.Bush during a protest held in Peshawar October 31, 2006 to condemn an army attack on a religious school in the Chenagai area of the Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan . Over 15,000 armed Pakistani tribesmen protested on Tuesday against a Pakistan Army helicopter attack on an al-Qaeda-linked madrasa in Bajaur tribal region that killed around 80 suspected militants.

Bill Roggio has more about the airstrikes.

How was the attack carried out?

Also Alexis Debat reports U.S. ‘drones’ – actually this would be Predator UAVs, conducted the strike, and not Pakistani helicopters. An American intelligence source informs us that the Pakistani Army does not possess the capabilities to conduct precision night strikes such as this attack. There are several possibilities here: it could have indeed been a Predator strike, or, more risky would be a strike by U.S. C-130 gunships. Conducting manned strikes over Pakistani airspace has its risks, including that of a shoot down and follow on rescue mission. The Asia Time’s Syed Saleem Shahzad reports this was a ‘NATO airstrike” by “helicopter gunships,” however it is highly unlikely this strike occurred under the aegis of NATO. Look for signs of Task Force 145 having carried out this raid, with unmanned Predators firing Hellfire missiles.

The protests will come (children were killed, the Korans were burned in the attack) but the message is continuing to be pounded into the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

America is the STRONGER HORSE

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Debris lies scattered from a collapsed Islamic school which was destroyed by Pakistani helicopters in Khar.

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In this photo released by the Press Information Department of Northwest Frontier (NWFP) Province, Senior Minister of Pakistans North West Frontier Province Siraj ul-Haq, who announced he would resign in protest, addresses a gathering, Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, in Chingai village near Khar, the main town of Bajur, at the Pakistani tribal area along the Afghan border. Pakistani troops backed by missile-firing helicopters killed an estimated 80 militants when they destroyed a purported al-Qaida-linked training facility near the Afghan border, the military said.

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Satellite map of Bajaur and neighboring Kunar province in Afghanistan. Location of strike in Chenegai in red. Photo Courtesy of Bill Roggio.

ABC News: Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan

Ayman al Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile attack this morning on a religious school in Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

ABC News has learned the raid was launched after U.S. intelligence received tips and examined Predator reconnaissance indicating that al Qaeda’s No. 2 man may have been staying at the school, which is located in the Bajaur region near the village that is thought to be al Qaeda’s winter headquarters.

Despite earlier reports that the missiles had been launched by Pakistani military helicopters, Pakistani intelligence sources now tell ABC News that the missiles were fired from a U.S. Predator drone plane.

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Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri

Stay tuned for the demonstrations of American incursion on Pakistan’s sovereign territory. But. some bad guys seem to have bitten the dust.

Between two and five senior al Qaeda militants were killed in the attack, including the mastermind of the airliners plot in the U.K., according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

No word yet on whether or not Zawahiri was killed in the raid, but one Pakistani intelligence source did express doubt that Zawahiri would have been staying in a madrassa, which is an obvious target for strikes against militants. That source, however, did express confidence that Pakistani intelligence is closing in on Zawahiri’s location.

One of the clerics who is believed to have been killed today, Maulana Liaquat, was one of the two main local leaders believed to be protecting Zawahiri.

Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe they have “boxed” Zawahiri in a 40-square-mile area between the Khalozai Valley in Bajaur and the village of Pashat in Kunar, Afghanistan. They hope to capture or kill him in the next few months.

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Tribesmen gather near the bodies of those killed during a Pakistan army air strike in Chenagai in the Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan , October 30, 2006.

But, again, is this a show for the Brits and Prince Charles? Or a more forceful resolve of eliminating Al Qaeda and the radical Taliban?

Probably a show……..with some surprising results.

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