|Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: the Fort Hood killer|
Distance learning focuses on technologies and instructional systems designed to deliver education to students who are not physically on site. Teachers and students may communicate at times of their own choosing by exchanging printed or electronic media on-line in real time through e-mails, internet audio and video conferencing and various other internet techniques.
“The Internet has inadvertently become a powerful tool in their hands, offering easy access to an interactive virtual universe where they can mobilize vulnerable, unstable people around the world and incite them to carry out acts of violence. And because the message is spread to individuals scattered across the globe, the violence comes in seemingly random bursts from unexpected sources - like pizza delivery boys, or even an Army psychologist. Even Web-savvy Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn, for example, turned to the parallel virtual world of neo-Nazi radicals for instruction and support.”
- Anwar al Awlaki posted on the internet his online lecture series "Constants on the Path of Jihad", known as the virtual bible for lone-wolf Muslim extremists. He also posted on the internet "44 Ways to Support Jihad” which is described by the Nine/Eleven Finding Answers ("NEFA”) Foundation as a pro-al Qaeda document that incites English-speaking Muslims. Within a section of “44 Ways” titled "WWW Jihad", Awlaki encourages followers to be "Internet mujahedin" by, among other things, "setting up websites to cover specific areas of Jihad, such as: mujahedin news, Muslim POWs and Jihad literature." In "Constants" al Awlaki argues, "Jihad does not depend on any particular land. It is global. ... No borders or barriers stop it." His web strategy has made al Awlaki a familiar figure to Western counterterrorism officials and experts. "His website is very slick, and it's in English — so he's obviously looking to exert influence in the English-speaking world," says Scott Stewart, a vice President at STRATFOR, a global intelligence company.
- In the Ft. Hood case, the shooter, Maj. Hasan, had according to U.S. Intelligence between 10 to 20 e-mail communications with al Awlaki. al Awlaki continued his internet rage of hate by posting on his website immediately after the shootings describing Hasan as a "hero" and a "man of conscience". al Awlaki also declared on his website that any decent Muslim cannot serve in the US Army, which "is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest."
- In the Ft. Dix case convicted Fort Dix conspirator Eljvir Duka repeatedly instructed other "recruits" to download copies of Anwar al Awlaki's lectures. "It's called the Constants of Jihad, the Constants of Jihad and this, ever since I heard this lecture brother I want everyone to hear about it," he said. "You know why, because he gives it to you raw and uncut ... this is the truth I don't give a damn what everybody says this is Islam, this is the truth right here. ... So this lecture is very necessary for people today, if you're concerned. ... [It is] verbal, audio, you have to download it."
- Members of the so-called “Toronto 18” watched videos of al Awlaki at a makeshift training camp where they allegedly planned an attack on the Canadian parliament and prime minister. Canadian authorities found audio recordings of al Awlaki’s lectures among the possessions of the 18 Canadian Muslims arrested in Toronto for their June 2006 plot to attack the Canadian parliament.
- Transcripts and audio recordings of al Awlaki numerous lectures were discovered among the possessions of individuals charged as accomplices to the eight suicide bombers who detonated homemade peroxide & acetone bombs in three of London’s underground trains and on one double-decker bus during the coordinated July 7, 2005 terrorist attack that claimed 57 lives and injured about 700 people.