SITE Institute

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The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group is an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist organizations.[1] The SITE Institute was founded in 2002 by Rita Katz and Josh Devon, who had left the Investigative Project (a private Islamist-terrorist tracking group).[2] In early 2008 it ceased its operations, and some of its staff formed the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit entity, to continue some of its activities.[3]

al-Qaeda tapes[edit]

  • July 4, 2007: A video by Ayman al-Zawahiri was obtained by SITE "ahead of its release on the internet by militant web sites".[4] It was "first reported by IntelCenter and SITE, two U.S.-based groups that monitor militant messages".[5] The video had been "provided by al-Qaeda's as-Sahab Media to IntelCenter".[6]
  • Sept. 7, 2007: SITE obtained a 30-minute video of Osama bin Laden and provided it to Associated Press. bin Laden's image is "frozen" for all but 3½ minutes of the tape.[7] SITE "beat al-Qaeda by nearly a full day with the release of the ... video".[8] The US government later pronounced the video authentic. See also: 2007 Osama bin Laden video.
  • May 3, 2011: The organization translated a lengthy statement signed by al-Qaeda's General Command that confirmed Osama bin Laden's death and promised retaliation for that death.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Craig S. "Islamists Bring Fight to Capital of Algeria",The New York Times. April 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Benjamin Wallace-Wells, "Private Jihad: How Rita Katz got into the spying business", The New Yorker, May 29, 2006.
  3. ^ SITE Institute web site
  4. ^ Ross, Brian "New Video From Al Qaeda No. 2" (caption to video still), ABC News online, July 4, 2007.
  5. ^ Print version of ABC article[dead link]
  6. ^ Agence France Presse,"Al-Qaeda number two slams Hamas for seeking negotiations", July 4, 2007 (subscription required).
  7. ^ Associated Press, "New Usama Bin Laden Video Urges Americans to Convert to Islam", Fox News, Sept. 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Joby Warrick, "Bin Laden, Brought to You by ...", Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2007, p.A01.
  9. ^ Al Qaeda Confirms Bin Laden’s Death New York Times May, 3 2011

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