Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Jihadi Sock Puppet Brigades

You know what a "sock puppet" is in intertubes-speak don't you? A commenter to a website pretending to be someone or something that they're not.

Memri.org posts excerpts from a jihadi online war instruction manual:
Indicate You Are an American

"Obviously, you have to register yourself using a purely American name... Choose an icon that indicates that you are an American, and place it next to your nickname [in the forum]..."

"Invent Stories About American Soldiers You Have [Allegedly] Personally Known"

"Obviously, you should post your contribution... as an American... You should correspond with visitors to this forum, [bringing to their attention] the frustrating situation of their troops in Iraq... You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates... or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves..."

"You should enter into debate or respond only if it is extremely necessary... Your concern should [only] be introducing topics which... will cause [them to feel] frustration and anger towards their government..., which will... render them hostile to Bush... and his Republican Party and make them feel they must vote ton bring the troops back from Iraq as soon as possible..."
The real question is, why do they feel they need to invent American traitors when the American Left supplies so many genuine ones?

Via Dr. Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report and Allahpundit at Hot Air, both of whom have more on this.