Osama bin Laden blocks Al-Qaeda personnel from reading and posting blogs

(PAKISTAN / IRAQ / AFGHANISTAN) Ucs News reports that Osama bin bin Laden is blocking access to millions of blogs on the grounds that they aren’t legitimate sources of news and information. Bin Laden is also clamping down on the numerous blogs posted be current and former Al-Qaeda members.

Ayman al-Zawahiri reports on the Official Al-Qaeda web site that the military intelligence wing of the terrorist organization is blocking “just about any site with the word ‘blog’ in its web address.” and shooting Al-Qaeda personnel that have their own blogs.

The issue of Al-Qaeda blogs has troubled bin laden and his organization for some time. With most Al-Qaeda members is faraway deployments facing stressful working conditions it’s no surprise that many have turned to blog posting to stay in touch with friends and family.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, decimated by suicide attacks and the loss of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, suffered many security leaks due to My spaces pages. According to a search of My Space in 2005 over 125 Al-Qaeda in Iraq members maintained My Space pages and regularly blogged about ongoing operations.