He and his two cybercronies pleaded guilty last week to inciting murder over the Internet. They found 37,000 stolen credit card numbers in his apartment harvested from viruses and phish e-mails and estimate that he and his pals racked up $3.5 million in fraudulent charges used to buy supplies for the jihad. Money was laundered through online gambling sites. They also were known to hack into sites and use their bandwidth to host jihadi videos, and on one of their computers the cops found “short video clips of the U.S. Capitol grounds, the World Bank building, a hazardous chemical response vehicle and local fuel storage facilities. Also on the laptop were instant message chat logs and a PowerPoint presentation detailing how to build a car bomb.” It was a sophisticated, potentially lethal operation.
So naturally the cops gave one of them a laptop while they were awaiting trial. What could go wrong?
AN al-Qaeda fanatic jailed for inciting murder online was caught making a website urging terror attacks – from his cell in Britain’s most secure prison.
Tariq Al-Daour, 21, used a smuggled mobile phone and modem lead to access the internet on a laptop issued by the Prison Service to help him prepare his court case.
The laptop was seized after a violent struggle when prison officers suspected he was misusing it and the hate-filled website called Global Jihad was found.
The Home Office has launched an urgent inquiry to discover how the mobile was smuggled into Belmarsh’s High Security Unit, which holds the country’s most dangerous inmates.
They fear Al-Daour may have used it to contact other al-Qaeda terrorists and are scrutinising calls he made…
“Prisoners are strip-searched when they enter and leave. The fear is a corrupt member of staff got the phone in.”…
Al-Daour’s laptop was seized at the South London jail in May. He refused to hand it over, sparking a vicious riot in which four officers were battered with pool cues by Al-Daour and other al-Qaeda prisoners.
Exit question: Who would have smuggled in a cell phone to a suspected cyberjihadi? Hmm.