Monday, October 15, 2007

AFP: YouTube a Funding Ground for al Qaeda

From the India Times:
MANILA: Al-Qaida linked extremists under military siege in the Philippines have obtained fresh funding through the popular video-sharing website YouTube, police said.

But they said they had so far prevented the Abu Sayyaf group, responsible for some of the worst terror attacks in the Philippines, from using the funds to launch fresh bombing attacks in the country.

The government's National Intelligence Coordinating Agency has obtained “significant reports of new money received by the Abu Sayyaf's financial network on the southern island of Mindanao,” police spokesman Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao said in a statement.

“The money arrived after the (group) uploaded on the Internet the video of the late Janjalani brothers (Abdurajak Janjalani and Khadaffy Janjalani, both slain in police and military operations) seeking material and financial support,” Pagdilao added.
YouTube has a history of tolerating and encouraging anti-American videos and ones sympathetic to the jihadi cause - even when they violate YouTube's own "terms of service", while banning pro-American vids.