SITE Intelligence Group

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Formation2002
Founder• Rita Katz
• Josh Devon
Interests“terrorism”

The SITE Intelligence Group is a not for profit terrorist research institute run by Rita Katz. It is the successor organisation to the SITE Institute which closed in 2008.

Origins

SITE was originally founded as the SITE Institute in 2002 by Rita Katz and Josh Devon with Katz as Director and Devon as the Research Director. The two had worked together at Steve Emerson's Investigative Project. The New Yorker implies that Katz and Emerson had had some sort of falling out, writing that by June 2002 “Katz and Emerson, both combative personalities, had parted ways”.[1] The domain for the Site Institute’s website www.siteinstitute.org was registered on 1 July 2002.

In 2008 the SITE institute shut down its website and posted the following message:

“After several years of public service, the SITE Institute, a non-profit organization, has ceased its operations. Its assets have been sold and the proceeds transferred to other non-profit organizations consistent with the educational and charitable mission of the SITE Institute. Some of the activities formerly conducted by the SITE Institute will now be carried out by the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit entity.”[2]

The domain for the SITE Intelligence Group’s website www.siteintelgroup.org was registered on 26 January 2007.

Activities and personnel

On its new website SITE does not provide any information about its personnel but media sources confirm that the group is still run by Rita Katz.[3] The focus of the organisation according to information provided on its website is the provision of a subscription based Monitoring Service detailing the following:

  1. Entire translated transcripts of terrorist leaders’ speeches, videos, and audio messages, as well as the original video and audio messages.
  2. Translations of terrorist books, magazines, fatwas, and military training manuals.
  3. Translations of terrorist communiqués, including copies of videos and audio messages associated with the communiqués.
  4. Translations of terrorist chatter discussing potential targets, methods of attack, and other relevant material.

The organisation’s homepage currently includes a recommendation from Rohan Gunaratna.[4]

Zionism

SITE's founder Rita Katz is a professed Zionist. She spent much of her early life in Israel and served in the IDF. She has been quoted as saying, “I believe that Jews belong in Israel”.[5] The Site Intelligence Group’s website as well as the website of its previous incarnation, the SITE Institute, are both registered to the IP address 67.19.162.130. According to Domain Tools, as of 21 March 2008 there are 139 sites hosted on that server. They are predominantly websites of Jewish owned business or groups promoting Jewish culture in the United States, and they include groups actively engaged in promoting Zionist views and anti-Arab propaganda. They include the websites of the following organisations:

Hoaxes and blunders

SITE was among the organisations which promoted the Global Islamic Media Front and its alleged news outlet the Voice of the Caliphate.[6] On 30 May 2008 Telegraph.co.uk posted a story reporting that SITE had identified footage from the post-apocalyptic computer game Fallout 3 as being created by terrorists considering a nuclear attack against the West. Telegraph.co.uk pulled the story from its website.

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