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Bridget Johnson


September 27, 2013 - 7:12 am


Al-Shabaab is now on their sixth Twitter account. Past suspensions included posting pictures of a murdered French special ops soldier, but most of the time they were able to get away with posting their threats and gloats of jihad, including a July claim (repeated occasionally afterward) that it killed two Americans working as CIA contractors.

As the Westgate mall attacks unfolded last weekend, Kenyans and well-wishers from across the globe deluged the Twitter complaint line with calls to take the account of the terrorists down. Al-Shabaab was gleefully tweeting gruesome accounts from its operation, and threatening even more violence.

Every time Twitter takes down Al-Shabaab’s account they start a new one, and after a few rotations of this it seems their latest account has been allowed to stand. It’s been up for a few days, has 51 tweets and 5,245 followers (probably half of them media, like yours truly) and is not only mocking the terrorist attack but threatening more.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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