Somali Militants “Order” Telecoms to Shut Down Mobile Internet Over Concerns About US Targeting

no targetingReasonTerrorists in Somalia are trying to shut down mobile access to the Internet over fears the US will use the technology to target them.

From the AP:

Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked militant group has ordered telecom companies to shut down mobile internet services over fears the U.S. can use the data to target militants.

Al-Shabab this week set a 15-day deadline for the telecoms, whom the group accused of being ‘‘enemy collaborators.’’ The two affected mobile operators that offer 3G data service declined to comment.

The telecom industry was a Somali success story, even, or especially, before the re-formation of a government last year.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    Companies being ordered to act against their own customers under the threat of force. If only Somalia had a government, shit like that would never happen.

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    I know you were being sarcastic, but for anyone who doesn't know, they do have a state again...because our govt and their neighbors are funding death squads to re-impose it.

    They do have one point though...their telecoms are likely collaborating with our govt to spy on their people...just like they are here!

    Welcome to liberty, freedom, and Constitutionalism, Somalia.

  • flye||

    There go my plans to move to Somalia, libertarian paradise.

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    Yeah, it was never a libertarian paradise, but it made great strides for the 15 years it had no state.

    Wanto to compare any 15 years under their state to the 15 years of statelessness?

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    EDIT: Want to*

    Where'd that extra "o" come from?

  • Loki||

    You're turning Japanese.

  • GILMORE||

    This is what the 'secret classified report that no one can read' said! The terrorists are changing their behaviors because *snowden*.

    sigh.

    I suppose it never occurred to Al Shabab that the Evil U.S. Government *isn't* in fact plotting to murder OTHER users of mobile internet services.... Just *them*! so, they don't really need to shut ISPs down so much as avoid those ill-considered = 'Hey Abdi! Lets do another selfie with our RPGs in front of the Mosque! INSTAGRAM!! this should make the blood of infidels boil... '

    Frankly, the CIA/NSA should be actively PROMOTING the idea that they possess ubiquitous surveillance/targeting powers through the magic of the internet. Because when the jihadis start insisting that because of this *no one* can have their Facebook page anymore?? ISLAMIC COUNTERREVOLUTION.

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    I think they are more worried about process of elimination even if they refuse to use the tech. First thought was "just don't use the tech, then they can't find you"...then I realized that might just get you found too.

  • Loki||

    Frankly, the CIA/NSA should be actively PROMOTING the idea that they possess ubiquitous surveillance/targeting powers through the magic of the internet. Because when the jihadis start insisting that because of this *no one* can have their Facebook page anymore?? ISLAMIC COUNTERREVOLUTION.

    Not only that, but good luck trying to fight a global Jihad relying on smoke signals and tin cans connected by strings to communicate. Seriously, these are the people that we were all supposed to be shitting our inpants in fear of for the last 12 or so years?

  • Loki||

    *shitting our inpants...

  • ||

    "Order, eh? Who does he think he is?"

  • Andrew S.||

    But do they have roads yet?

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    Pretty sure, for thousands of years.

  • ||

    You must be new here.

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    Yes...very...but I had a feeling he was being sarcastic...so I followed up with doubling down on sarc...

    Long time reader, new poster.

  • ||

    It's a meme that statists like to use "against" libertarians - alarmingly referring to SOMALIA! and ROADS!

    So we just combine them most of the time.

  • BenjaminRTucker'sRevenge||

    Ahhh, like the old zombie "roooooads...who will build the roooooads".

    Got it.

  • GILMORE||

    its spelled,

    !!SOMALIA!1!!@ROADZ!!1!!KOCHTOPUS!2#

    this is the code that runs through the progtard brain when encountering the word, 'Libertarian'

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Can the gays get gay married in Somalia?

  • Capt. Rimmer||

    How dare they fight back!

  • CE||

    In anarchy, every "order" is just a suggestion. Which is another good feature of anarchy.

  • RishJoMo||

    Off with their heads I say!

    www.AnonGlobal.tk

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