24 September 2001

America under Attack: Web Perspectives II

The big story of the day is Bush signing an executive order to freeze the assets of 27 individuals and organizations believed to have funded terrorists. See inside for a list of the organizations and individuals ...

Most notable story I've seen today: PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) creator, Phil Zimmerman, sounds off on being misquoted and misrepresented in a recent Washington Post article where it stated that he has been "overwhelmed with feelings of guilt" about the use of PGP by suspected terrorists. Phil says he never implied that and due to the political sensitivities, had the reporter read back the article over the phone to ensure what he stated was accurately reflected. The published version, however, after the editors took inappropriate liberties, inaccurately captured his sentiments on encryption. Another one for the liberal-media-bias-my-arse department, I suppose ...

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who was criticised by the Wall Street Journal for his insensitivity in announcing earnings just after the WTC carnage, is calling for a national identification card system, and he is offering to donate the software to make it possible. Under Ellison's proposal, millions of Americans would be fingerprinted and the information would be placed on a database used by airport security officials to verify identities of travelers at airplane gates. ... ``We need a national ID card with our photograph and thumbprint digitized and embedded in the ID card,'' Ellison said in an interview Friday night on the evening news of KPIX-TV in San Francisco..

Conspiracy theorists speculate that Microsoft forged a deal with the Bush administration to monitor computer users in exchange for an anti-trust settlement ... The UK Daily Telegraph is reporting "first shots" in the "War on Terrorism" have been fired over the weekend, with British SAS troops engaging Taliban fighters ... A state of emergency has been declared in Pakistan ... Barbara Lee on why she opposed authorizing force in respose to terrorist attacks ...

Here is the list released by the Treasury Department:

Al Qaida/Islamic Army 

Abu Sayyaf Group 

Armed Islamic Group (GIA) 

Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM) 

Al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad) 

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) 

Asbat al-Ansar 

Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) 

Libyan Islamic Fighting Group 

Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (AIAI) 

Islamic Army of Aden 

Usama bin Laden 

Muhammad Atif (a.k.a., Subhi Abu Sitta, Abu Hafs Al Masri) 

Sayf al-Adl 

Shaykh Sai'id (a.k.a., Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad) 

Abu Hafs the Mauritanian (a.k.a., Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, Khalid Al-Shaqiti) 

Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi 

Abu Zubaydah (a.k.a., Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, Tariq) 

Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi (a.k.a., Abu Abdallah) 

Ayman al-Zawahiri 

Thirwat Salah Shihata 

Tariq Anwar al-Sayyid Ahmad (a.k.a., Fathi, Amr al-Fatih) 

Muhammad Salah (a.k.a., Nasr Fahmi Nasr Hasanayn) 

Makhtab Al-Khidamat/Al Kifah 

Wafa Humanitarian Organization 

Al Rashid Trust 

Mamoun Darkazanli Import-Export Company. 


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