Sunday, July 18, 2004

Does Your ISP Host a Terrorist Site?

Does Your ISP Host a Terrorist Site?

According to MEMRI  (the Middle East Research Institute), the following ISPs in the USA host sites that promote terrorism:

  • VONOC in Englewood, Colorado, United States, and WeHostWebSites.com in Loveland, Colorado, United States
  • Verio Inc. in Englewood, Colorado, United States
  • Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United States
  • Hurricane Electric in Freemont, California, United States
  • Powersurge Technologies Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
  • Abovenet Communications in New York, United States
  • About Web Services in Orem, Utah, United States
  • C I Host in Bedford, Texas, United States
  • Alabanza Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • DataPipe in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
  • ITX Sarl in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
  • ServePath LLC. in San Francisco, California, United States
  • Affinity Internet Inc. in Ft. Lauderdal, Florida, California, United States
  • Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado, United States

For a moment I thought about urging people to stop using these ISPs.  Then I decided that such a move would be contrary to the principle of free speech.  Besides, I cannot confirm that they actually promote terrorism, since I can't read any of them.  Also, if I can find these sites, presumably the CIA and FBI can, too.  In the interest of homeland security, it probably is better to let them operate in the open, rather than to try to shut them down. If a serious terrorist is dumb enough to use an open site, that could be a good thing.