How does your local law define a terrorist or terrorist act? Its definition will be like an act of political violence or intimidation that causes damage or death to a group of people.
You have to ask yourself how hard it is for someone like Weisburd to put a journalist working in a warzone on drone list. The answer is it's already done. Weisburd testified before Congress on its effectiveness.
"I next turn to Mr. Andrew Weisburd, and he has been engaged in counterterrorism and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence since 2002, primarily focused on the use of the internet by al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist organizations and movements. He has been a provider of expert services to a variety of organizations since 2003 and has engaged in research for organizations such as NATO and the United States Department of Justice.
He is a long-time contract instructor in the practitioner education program at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and regularly provides training and briefings to the FBI and CIA. He has a BS in information systems from Southern Illinois and an MA in criminology, and he has written various books and included a chapter for the FBI Counterterrorism Division textbook on comparing jihadi and street gang videos on YouTube."- SUBCOMMITTEE ON COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE of the COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DECEMBER 6, 2011
While Weisburd was training the alphabet agencies, he was also hunting Americans online for fun and profit.
According to powerbase.info Andrew Aaron Weisburd started the Society for Internet Research (will be important in a later article) and www.internethaganah.com after the attack on the Twin Towers and as a reaction to the 2000 Camp David Accords when Yasser Arafat rejected the agreement. The website had the taglines "Online Counter-Insurgency," "Confronting Islamist terrorists and their supporters online" and "Defending Israel and the Jewish people." Weisburd's World American Jihadi Targeting Americans in the US
Within a short period of time, he started collaborating withIsraeli retired Colonel Reuven Erlich and the Israeli Intelligence and Information Center . More than likely it was through him that Weisburd was initially immersed in real OSINT tools.
After starting in 2002, Weisburd was already gaining media attention as early as January 2003. With no prior education and only a few months of web trolling experience, he was already touted as an expert by regional and national media.
According to Weisburd, it only takes a few words or images to determine a particular website needs to be taken down. "I understand enough of what they say to know they are my enemy, and that's all I need to know."
In a 2007 CNN interview he further clarified his methodology "Aaron Weisburd, founder of Internet Haganah and director of the Society for Internet Research, is a fighter on the frontline in this new type of warfare. Weisburd, who works out of his Carbondale, Illinois home, describes his organization as a "global non-governmental ad-hoc intelligence network" which he's modeled after al Qaeda's network.
Whatever good intentions may have been there in the beginning were corrupted since the beginning. As soon as the smell of dollars hit the air, patriotism went out the window. Any wing nut with software can put you on a terrorist list today. Almost every wing nut with software is getting paid to do that.
How good are the founding fathers of inter-agency OSINT and online counter-terrorism? This effort put their skills together and was backed by former Homeland Security Czar Michael Chertoff through the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
" (Clint)Watts worked on Hamilton 68 with JM Berger, a fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism who studies extremism and propaganda on social media; Andrew Weisburd, a fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security; and Jonathon Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge AI and head of Data for Democracy , a volunteer collective of data scientists and technologists.
Laura Rosenberger, the director of the German Marshall Fund's "Alliance for Securing Democracy, was brought on by Watts as the project "moved from wish to reality," Berger told Business Insider on Wednesday."
The online Russian influence analyzer is a dud. That's how good today's trainersfor the CIA, FBI, DNI, NATO, or the DOD are.