John on November 30, 2006 at 11:19 am
Last month I helped the guys at Jawa Report pressure a web hosting company into taking down a terrorist website. Within a week after the site going down it was put back up with another host. I made calls and opened two separate tickets to complain to the new host. Each time I received a message saying not to worry, appropriate authorities were looking into it. After two weeks with the site still up, I was skeptical.
Sometime recently, the site finally came down. Of course there really wasn’t a Juba in Iraq. Juba was a media creation, a mythologizing of terrorist snipers in Iraq. So with the website gone there is a sense in which Juba is truly gone. All that remains of him is a single, flagged Blogger site which Google has refused to remove (Don’t be evil…).
And there is even better news today. Jawa Report has the story:
The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior announced that it has captured the Baghdad sniper known as Ali Nazar al Jubori. The name sounds eerily familiar. al Jubori….could this be the original Juba sniper? That is the claim being made.
We may have captured the man on whom the myth was based. Better still:
He admitted many things that are very important and very dangerous and our forces used this information about his network and conducted raids in the past 24 hours and detained 30 terrorists.
This is one case where we won the battle on the ground and in the media. Given that this comes only after CNN broadcast the Juba sniper videos just weeks before the 2006 elections, I find it hard to celebrate. The propaganda had already served its purpose.
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