"The Raptor" is the name used by a self-described "infidel defending cyberspace for God and Country" who has been meticulously and mercilessly taking town extremest sites used by Al Qaeda and other groups to propagate extremest views, recruit new jihadists and generally make asses out of them selves on line.
The Raptor is reportedly a retired veteran with a grandchild that is trying to do what he can to prevent his family from having to fight the extremists face-to-face by preventing them from getting organized in the first place. There are some that doubt that these attacks are the work of a single person, and instead suggest that the Raptor is a entity created by another organization to hide their work. Regardless, I like the idea that this is a patriot doing what he can to disrupt the cancer that is extremism aimed at our country.
“Just another infidel defending cyberspace for God and country,”
I do wonder how much intel our spooky folks get from these sites and whether or not keeping them up to gather intel is better for us than just taking them down...but the "egg on the face" effect of having these sights taken down is just too good to pass up. There has been an active push in both the intel, national security and military to up their ability to fight a cyber war waged on the US. Indeed it could be argued that a cyber war has already been fought and is an ongoing affair with many well publicized attacks on US data centers and networks by foreign governments...most notably China and the Norks.
So I raise my glass to this singular warrior who has taken it upon himself to take the cyber battle to the terrorists and kick them right in their cybernads.... You will find a link to The Raptors blog on the right side of this page from now on. Keep on fighting brother!!