Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hamas' American Connection

Two months after 9/11 this question was posed on Harvard's cyberlaw discussion forum:
joanna lane (
(Panle: Registries and Registrars, 11/13/2001 1:47:48 PM, #1380)

U.S.-based ICANN-accredited registrars are doing business with registrants who are members of terrorist organizations such as Hamas, and with registrants from countries where US trade embargoes are in force, such as Afghanistan. The ICANN Registrar Accreditation agreement specifies, Para. 3.7.2 Registrar shall abide by applicable laws and governmental regulations. Is this requirement in Para. 3. 7.2 necessary only to achieve ICANN accreditation, or to maintain ICANN accreditation as well?
More than three years later, they're still doing business with this scum. Enom,Inc., a Bellevue, Washington-based company, provides registrar and whois protection services for Hamasonline.

In 2003, the CEO of Enom, Inc., Paul Stahura, even addressed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Mr. Stahura didn't mention Hamas during his address.

Enom, Inc. also provides services to, an umbrella company for a number of terrorist sympathizer websites (more about 357Hosting here). Apparently, if you're someone who wants to get terrorist propaganda out on the web, you should contact Paul Stahura.

Note: This post originally appeared on 2/20/05. With a new focus on terrorist internet activities generated by a recent Newsweek article, I thought it worth repeating, particularly since Enom is providing services to 357Hosting.