"Following the terrorist attacks in the United States on September
11th,where the Al-queda acquired bombmaking and terrorist Knowledge over
internet,many lawmakers have proposed that an inernational body regulate the
internet so that which provide information to terrorists could be
I agree with the lawmakers proposal and and shall present an argument
favoring the lawmakers.The Internet may be viewed as a vast digital library.
The World Wide Web alone offers about a billion pages of information, much
of it freeand much of it of interest to terrorist organizations.
Terrorists, for instance, can learn from the Internet a wide variety of
details about targets such as transportation facilities, nuclear power
buildings, airports, and ports, and even about counterterrorism
measures.They use the Internet to collect intelligence on those targets,
especially critical economic nodes, and modern software enables them to
study structural weaknesses in facilities as well as predict
the cascading failure effect of attacking certain systems.
Like many other Internet users, terrorists have access not only to maps and
diagrams of potential targets but also to imaging data on those same
facilities and networks that may reveal counterterrorist activities at a
Bombmaking information is literally at the fingertips of anyone with access
to a home computer equipped with an internet connection.Much of the
information available in print pertaining to nuclear weapons also can be
found on the Internet. A number of websites have included compilations of
nuclear weapons information gleaned from literature elsewhere in the public
domain.It is important to note that, even if a user of the World Wide Web
not know the specific location of a website containing bombmaking
information, such data can easily be located with a search engine.
Anyone interested in manufacturing a bomb, dangerous weapon, or a weapon of
mass destruction can easily obtain detailed instructions from readily
accessible sources, such as legitimate reference books, available on the
Internet. Many evidences suggests that, in a number of
crimes involving the employment of such weapons and devices, defendants have
relied upon such material in manufacturing and using such items.
Terrorists can use internet not only to learn how to build bombs but also to
plan and coordinate specific attacks.The great virtues of the Internetease
of access, lack of
regulation, vast potential audiences, fast flow of information, and so
forthhave been turned to the advantage of groups committed to terrorizing
societies to achieve their goals.
Terrorists can use chat rooms to plan operations and operatives exchange
e-mail to coordinate actions across the world.
In conclusion , I strongly think that it is necessary that an international
body, control and regulate the internet sites . At the same time it is
also necessary that the society must become better informed about the uses
to which terrorists put the Internet and better able to monitor their
Posted at: Tue Apr 20 20:58:45 2004 (GMT)