Morgen on November 12, 2009 at 7:31 am
Al-Awlaki’s blog went down on Monday less than 24 hours after he posted his commentary on the Fort Hood shooter (“Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing”). This article was linked widely throughout the blogosphere after we first posted it, and it’s possible his site crashed due to the influx of traffic (it’s happened to us before). WordPress has since been re-installed on his site, and a comment there now indicates that the blog will be “back to normal” within a few days.
However, it remains to be seen whether they will restore all of Alawki’s prior posts. In case they don’t, I’ve located a site with a mirror of all of his writings. You can view all of them here, but I’ve linked some of the more interesting articles below:
Also, you can still view these posts on Awlaki’s original site, along with reader comments, by searching for the title of the article on Google, and then selecting the Google cache link.
I must admit this whole episode has been a bit of an eye-opener for me that sites like this, which aim to stir up support for violent Jihad within America and the rest of the English-speaking world, can operate with complete impunity. Awlaki’s site is hosted right here in California, which leads me to believe that the site’s administrators are U.S. based supporters. No doubt they are monitored to some extent by the authorities, but I think this raises an interesting question regarding the intersection of national security and First Amendment rights. Is it acceptable for U.S. citizens to promote commentary which advocates for violence against the U.S. and it’s allies? At what point does the publication of such speech cross the line into sedition and/or aiding and abetting our enemies? I think these are questions we need to be asking.