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Jawa Report
Known for Islamist terrorism monitoring
Created by Dr. Rusty Shackleford
Website Jawa Report

The Jawa Report (also, MyPetJawa) is a blog and forum for civilians concerned about terrorism by Islamists.[1] The Boston Globe describes it as a "popular" website "that monitors terrorism investigations".[2] The New York Times reports that its volunteers "research Web sites they believe are tied to Al-Qaeda or other militant groups, and pressure Internet service providers to stop hosting the sites.[3]

It was begun in 2004, following the killing of hostage American journalist Nick Berg, by a blogger who goes by the name of Dr. Rusty Shackleford.[4] Shackelford said: "When I saw the Nick Berg beheading, ... it drove me to start blogging about the plight of hostages held in Iraq."[4] Shackleford was an untenured professor when he began the blog.[4] He maintains his anonymity because of death threats he has received.[3][4]


Roy Hallums

Contractor Roy Hallums, who was kidnapped in Iraq on November 1, 2004, held for 311 days, and freed on September 7, 2005, recounted in Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue that the Jawa Report was where his wife Susan first saw his name mentioned in public.[4] It had been kept under wraps until then by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[4] The Jawa Report had learned his identity from a Filipino government report.[4]

Reuters photographs controversy

Manipulated photo of IAF F-16 deploying single flare over South Lebanon; flare was digitally duplicated to make it appear several missiles were being fired.

In 2006, Shackleford discovered and revealed the second doctored photo taken by a Reuters freelance photographer, Adnan Hajj during fighting between Israel and forces in Lebanaon.[5] Its caption falsely said: "An Israeli F-16 warplane fires missiles during an air strike on Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon."[5][6]

The truth was that the F-16 was dropping defensive flares, and the photo had been doctored to increase the number of flares falling from the F-16 from one to three.[5] Reuters deleted all of the photographer's photos from its database.[5] Its global pictures editor said: "Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters throughout its long and distinguished history."[5]

JihadJane plot

In the Colleen LaRose (JihadJane) plot, Jawa Report members who had been tracking her comments and movements, including her raising funds for Pakistani militants through Twitter, alerted U.S. authorities in July 2009.[3][1][7] The FBI interviewed her on July 17, 2009, and arrested here on October 16, 2009, at Philadelphia International Airport as she returned from London, whereupon she confessed her role in an Islamist plot to kill a Swedish artist to FBI agents, according to two people close to the investigation.[8]

As a source

Postings on Jawa Report have either been quoted or reported by many mainstream news providers, including The New York Times, Fox News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Salon, The Weekly Standard, The New York Sun, The Free Lance–Star, the Lodi News-Sentinel, the Columbia Journalism Review, ABC, and CBS.[3][9][2][10][5][11][12][13][14][6][15][16][17][18][1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Polaneczky, Ronnie. ""JihadJane" said to have confessed | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/18/2010". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Muslim leaders and FBI prepare case for, against Sudbury man – The Boston Globe". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Urbina, Ian (March 10, 2010). "Views of ‘JihadJane’ Were Unknown to Neighbors". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Buried Alive: The True Story of ... – Google Books". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Reuters Pulls 920 Pictures by Discredited Photographer – August 8, 2006 – The New York Sun". August 8, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b,2902823&dq=jawa-report&hl=en
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Nunally, Derrick; Shiffman, Johan, and Shea, Kathleen Brady (March 18, 2010). ""JihadJane" said to have confessed". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Terrorism Plot Targets Malls Feds Day". October 21, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Politics | Racism on the trail". May 13, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  11. ^,4463666&dq=jawa-report&hl=en
  12. ^ "Mediawatch: Video and Propaganda (22/05/2006)". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Blog Buzz posts – Public Eye – Page 2". CBS News. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ 01:40 PM (March 8, 2006). "Story Based on Leaks Stirs Up Debate About Leakers and Leakees : Columbia Journalism Review". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ October 9, 2007 11:47 AM (October 9, 2007). "Daily Blog Buzz: Leak or Lies?". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ September 19, 2007 2:15 PM (September 19, 2007). "Aiding the Enemy". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ October 31, 2007 12:53 AM (October 31, 2007). "Daily Blog Buzz: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ Tim Dowling. "Tim Dowling: Bloggers of the world unite | Media". The Guardian. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 

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