Guardian: US Blogs Forced Aslam Out
Rightwing bloggers from the US, where the Guardian has a large online following, were behind the targeting last week of a trainee Guardian journalist who wrote a comment piece which they did not care for about the London bombings.
The story is a demonstration of the way the 'blogosphere' can be used to mount obsessively personalised attacks at high speed.
Within hours, Dilpazier Aslam was being accused on the internet of "violence" and belonging to a "terrorist organisation" - both completely untrue charges.
"Completely untrue" is a typical Guardian warping of the truth. The group he belonged to, Hizb ut-Tahrir, is a hate-mongering, pro-violence, Anti-Semitic group, which is rightly banned in many countries. As it happens, England is not one of those countries, but that doesn't make the group not one that is supportive of violence and terror.
Here's a list of the US bloggers the Guardian mentions in its article. You might want to pay them a visit:
The Daily Ablution
UK Commentators -- Laban Tall
DSquared (I don't see related postes there)
Dreadpundit (quaintly noted as "the most extreme blog was posted by by Dreadpundit" in the Guardian)
Here's Dreadpundit's "most extreme" post:
"Okay, Dilpazier, I've decided to bow to your 'logic' - sauce for the goose and all that. That's why I'm issuing a secular fatwah and asking for some loyal Briton to saw off your head and ship it to me (use Fed-Ex, please, so I can get a morning delivery, and do remember the dry ice, also, a videotape of the "execution")."So pointing out the actual crimes of the terrorists with a bit of satire is extreme? Please.