Local experts weigh in on Aziz case

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz (Dauphin County Prison)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Federal investigators said Jalil Aziz of Harrisburg knowingly conspired to provide personnel and services to ISIS.

Wednesday’s updated indictment says Aziz also solicited others to kill and attempt to kill officers and employees of the United States.

John Sancenito is a security expert with Information Network Associates in Harrisburg. He says social media is an effective vehicle for groups to push their agenda. “ISIS has been using social media aggressively,” said Sancenito, “They have been using Twitter and using Facebook in order to push their cause.”

Federal investigators said Aziz tweeted the names addresses, and photographs of approximately 100 U.S. service members on his Twitter account. Sancenito says officials have worked hard at getting some of the terror group’s websites removed, but it’s a battle that may take a long time to win. “As soon as these sites are taken down,” said Sancenito, “They open up a new account under a new fictitious name, and they post the same info on another account.”

Sancenito says once your personal information is on the internet, it is very difficult to get it removed, but he recommends that you try by contacting the site and asking them to remove it. He says people can take steps at home to protect themselves.information. It is a good idea to review the privacy settings on your social media sites,” said Sancenito, “Make sure that no one from the outside who is not part of your inner circle, can see personal information about you.”

Aziz’s posts also included threats to quote “kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, and stab them to death as they walk their streets”. Harrisburg attorney and former JAG officer Jonathan Crisp said they always tell members of the military to be cautious. “We tell them all the time hey be careful what you put our there,” said Crisp, “Don’t stand, posing on Facebook in your uniform.”

Crisp defended Lynndie England who was dishonorably discharged from the Army for her role in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal in 2003. Crisp says that kind of incident is used as a recruiting tool.

 

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