Washington, July 21 (ANI): BurstNET, the host of al Qaeda-Linked blogging site Blogetery.com that shut down the site, has issued a statement saying that the latter had a lengthy history of breaking the law and it violated the BurstNET Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits the posting of "terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions."
"Upon review, BurstNET determined that the posted material, in addition to potentially inciting dangerous activities, specifically violated the BurstNET Acceptable Use Policy," which prohibits the posting of "terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions," BurstNET chief technology officer Joe Marr said.
According to Fox News, BurstNET said that it decided to shut down the website and 73,671 blogs it hosted, after receiving a 'voluntary emergency disclosure of information' request on July 9, 2010, from the Foreign Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide information regarding ownership of the server hosting Blogetry.com.
Marr also said that although the identity of Blogetery's owner still remains a mystery, they found that the domain owner had multiple violations since December 2009.
He also confirmed bomb-making documents had a link to al Qaeda magazine"Inspire," which features bomb-making instructions and an article by Usama bin Laden.
He further pointed out that in April 2010, the service of Blogger.com was suspended for copyright violations, after which BurstNET didn't hear from the owner for three days.
The Electronic Freedom Foundation's (EFF) senior staff attorney Kurt Opsahl however said that stories and pictures posted by the individual bloggers are in deep storage, with no word on when they'll see their content.
"That's the real tragedy here, thousands and thousands of sites appear to be collateral damage," he added. (ANI)