Yahoo Group Advocates Killing Bush, American Soldiers in Iraq
By Jeremy Reynalds
April 19, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (Talon News) -- A Yahoo-hosted Internet group is openly advocating the killing of President George W. Bush and American soldiers serving in Iraq.
The group's introductory page (web site) reads, "Kill every Gi [sic] in Iraq, stick every American pig in this country! Every time an american [sic] soldier dies, I applaud. In this group: Iraqi Resistance Report, news about the deadliest strikes against U.S. forces and... some pictures of dead Gi's. [sic]"
The same page also has a picture of four soldiers carrying a coffin.
Expanding on the apparent intent of the group, one of the archived messages reads, "Let's see some American boys get castrated... the more savage the butchery, the faster the troops will be leaving Iraq."
The group was begun on July 21, 2003. The first 11 messages available on the group's archive (web site) were posted on the same day as the group's founding by an individual self-identified as "antibushjr."
A message posted by antibushjr on July 21, 2003 titled "I hope there will be thousands of dead Gi's [sic]," read, "Only dozens of Gi's [sic] have been killed in Irak [sic]. But I hope thousands will die. If I could help iraki [sic] people to kill this , I would do it."
Another message posted one minute later read "Kill GI's in Irak."
The next message also posted one minute later on the same day read simply "Kill Bush."
The next post, also written a minute after the last one, read, "US government is a mafia. It's dangerous for the world. Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld... are dangerous and must be killed."
Another message read "Clean the world, free the world, kill Bush."
Posted a couple of minutes later and giving a clue as to antibushjr's location, another post read "Kill GI's in Irak: what are they doing in this country? Why did they come?"
Another message from antibushjr asked anyone with a picture of a dead GI to post it on the site.
An October message by antibushjr expressed regret that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was not killed in the October 25 attack in Iraq.
A message in November 2003 from antibushjr commented that Mosul was the site of the killings Sunday of two U.S. soldiers, shot as they drove through downtown.
The post read in part in part, "There were early reports the soldiers' throats were slashed. Very good!"
The most recent posting from antibushjr was on April 9, 2004 (web site).
It reads in part, "The American and European news stations don't show the dying Iraqis... they don't show the women and children bandaged and bleeding -- the mother looking for some sign of her son in the middle of a puddle of blood and dismembered arms and legs... they don't show you the hospitals overflowing with the dead and dying because they don't want to hurt American feelings... but people *should* see it. You should see the price of your war and occupation -- it's unfair that the Americans are fighting a war thousands of kilometers from home."
The Islamic community is making prolific use of Yahoo Groups. For example. Searching Yahoo's groups with the words "Islamic" produced a result of 2,661 groups somehow associated with the word. By way of comparison, putting the word Christian in the same search engine produced only 1,442 groups.
While by no means all of Yahoo's Islamic sites are illegal or bordering on the illegal, Yahoo does host Global Islamic Media's 7,694 member group (web site), regarded by many as being the official voice of al Qaeda.
In addition, until recently Yahoo Groups hosted a radical Islamic group web site called Karrom, with over 6,500 members which contained more than a dozen extremely disturbing pictures of alleged American soldiers forcing Iraqi women to have sexual relations.
The KARRoM group has since closed. It was founded in April 2003 by an individual identifying himself on his Yahoo profile only as a 26 year old single male named KaRRoM, and in addition to the pictures, had almost 1,500 messages all written in Arabic.
E-mails and phone calls to Yahoo seeking comment for this and other stories relating to Yahoo groups have not been returned. An e-mail to antibushjr seeking comment about his apparent founding and moderation of the group was not immediately returned.
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