FC: U.S. shuts down Somalia Internet, links firms to terrorism

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Nov 23 2001 - 11:35:40 PST

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    Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 11:25:13 -0500 (EST)
    From: srl <slandrumat_private>
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    Subject: US anti-terrorist campaign shuts down Somali internet cafes:
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    Declan, I thought politech readers might be interested in the
    following coverage from the BBC:
    Full text is attached.
    Shane R. Landrum         slandrumat_private                "In the end,
    you write the book that grabs you by the throat and demands to be written."
                                                               - Salman Rushdie
    US shuts down Somalia internet
    The US believes the two companies also support Bin Laden
    Somalia's only internet company and a key telecoms business have
    been forced to close because the United States suspects them of
    terrorist links.
    The two firms, Somalia Internet Company and al-Barakaat, both appear
    on a US list of organisations accused of funnelling money to the
    al-Qaeda network.
    Both companies have stated categorically they they are not linked to
    Along with denying all internet access to Somalis, the closures have
    severely restricted international telephone lines and shut down
    vitally needed money transfer facilities.
    Correspondents say the closure of the companies will have a
    devastating effect on the country, which desperately needs the
    services they provide.
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