Saudi Arabia Prosecutes PR Groups Aiding Terror

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In an interesting development, a special Saudi Arabian criminal court recently began a criminal trial where one of the defendants is charged with among other counts, providing PR support to terrorists. Among the criminal charges being faced: “utilizing media to support terrorism, publishing inflammatory statements on a number of electronic sites.” One wonders if Saudi Arabia is charging people in criminal court for providing Public Relations support for terrorists, why are terrorists allowed to continue using American technology and PR Firms to spread their message?

There are many great uses for Public Relations, but a justified cause is not enough to be right these days, either in politics or in business. In any battle, preparation for any war includes a PR battle plan, and the bad guys seemingly get it. Terrorists and their supporters continue to use modern day public relations tools and they are increasingly skilled at doing so.

Hamas, which was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State in April 1993, tweets regularly at http://twitter.com/hamasinfo. This, despite a 2004 U.S. Department of Justice statement that Hamas threatened the United States through covert cells on American soil.

One can join the over 9500 followers of The al-Qassam Brigades in their very active twitter account at http://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade – an organization which was founded in 1992 as Hamas’ military wing, and only 10 years ago was designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization.

In March 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions against Al-Aqsa TV and designated it a terrorism-financing organization which serves as a primary Hamas media outlet that airs programs “designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood.” They continue to tweet at http://twitter.com/AqsaTVChannel.

Hezbollah tweets regularly from al-Manar News account http://twitter.com/almanarnews, with over 11,000 followers. A recent English-language tweet links to a story on Al-Manar News which states: “Ahmadinjead: Central Bank Strong Enough to Defeat US plans.”

Will Twitter allow this to continue even as Saudi Arabia prosecutes someone for providing PR support to terrorists? Is Twitter enabling terrorists to spread their word and succeed? I recently wrote about how PR firms assist in selling terror and brutality. From Assad’s Syrian regime to previous representation of Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi, terrorist organizations Hamas and Hizbullah have hired PR agencies to lobby for them in the press and on the world stage.

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  • keblon19

    I think the saudi group are want to make a great war and I dont know who is their boss now?
    zahal

  • Schlomotion

    What? No reference to the "fact" that Mr. Torossian is the "owner of one of the top 25 PR firms in the United States?" That was becoming a trusted watermark. Anyway, the article leaves off the obvious and glaring issue: Twitter is where the CIA and the FBI and the Pentagon get the majority of their info on Hamas. If you blocked Hamas' Twitter feeds, you would plunge the US intelligence infrastructure into darkness.

    • wctaqiyya

      Who writes this stuff? Even my kindly old social studies teacher would have slapped me upside the head if I submitted some of these posts. Words can be used to both help and harm? Manny is doing what Manny does? Is it somehow startling that the Saudis might play one side against the other while poking the third against the middle? Excuuuuuuse me! But wasn't it the Arabs who elevated regular bullsh*t to the art-form we enjoy today? Why, how, where and when is this remarkable stuff? Now, if Ronn tied in some reasons for the Yankee doldrums, it might be worth a thought…

  • Ghostwriter

    I thought you liked Hamas,Schlobrain? They hate Jews almost as much as you do.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Obama surrendered us to Islam, the moment he held the {Prayer on the Mall , Sept 2009) for The Soul of America"

    It was/is a Rite of surrender to Islam.

    Which determines the "future destiny of America."

    It is Freemasonic in nature and globalistic in nature.

    Our MSM is globalistic in media.

    Get ready for the new freedom of Islam, which is an oxymoron in and of itself.

    "Doublespeaksoto speak"

    Three cheers for the Left!!!!!!!!!

    May you live in complete freedom of Islam!!!!!!!!!!!!!