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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Watching ISIS War in real time on YouTube
he videographer claims in his notes the man is just a civilian but ISIS does not believe him.
In recent weeks, going to YouTube to watch ISIS videos has become a pastime for me. You type in a keyword from the news, then filter for “last hour,” and amazing unfiltered reporting on the war shows up, some of it shaky and hand-held, some well produced. These videos often disappear, then hours later reappear with different names on different channels.
Most amazing this morning (9.22), a woman took a hidden device and walked the streets of Rakka, recording a taste of life in the “Islamic State.” With the camera in her purse, she almost gets arrested because an eyebrow is showing under her veil. Then she goes to an internet cafe where a dozen women in black garb are talking in French to families back home.
The big question I have as I click on AllEYEsonISIS, or whatever name the channel has taken this hour, is what about the ads. When you click on these videos, there is often 15 seconds of a Glade Mist or e-insurance message that comes up, followed by footage of beheadings and such.
Who gets the money from those ads, I wonder.