Darwin Award Candidate Of The Day: Mark Taylor aka Kiwi Jihadi

There’s a risque joke about a New Zealander that goes something like this: A man drives by a New Zealand farmer having unnatural relations with a sheep. He stops the car and asks the farmer “Shouldn’t you be shearing it?”, to which the farmer responds “”I’m not shearing it with anyone!”

Meet the New Zealand terrorist who was shearing his location with everyone!

kiwi-jihadi-in-al-tabqah-03dec2014-10dec2014-geotrack-1-ibraboIt’s a rookie social media mistake and one that intelligence and law enforcement agencies pray for when tracking criminals. This week one of New Zealand’s well known jihadists, Mark Taylor (Twitter aka: Kiwi Jihadi or @M_Taylor_Kiwi), removed 45 tweets after he discovered that he was broadcasting his twitter location to every intelligence agency (and others) keeping tabs on him. Unfortunately for him we captured all of them prior to him removing the tweets and will discuss the value of the intelligence they contained.

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Taylor eager for the fame of being a violent jihadist took to twitter to get attention for his exploits. His statements and twitter missteps have solidified his involvement with ISIS and will provide the evidence should he ever try to return to New Zealand. His ignorance and the ignorance of others has been an advantage to intelligence agencies around the world looking to protect their nations and track the progress of ISIS. Even examining his most recent twitter photo update, Taylor shows again his lack of understanding of technology and intelligence as he broadcast out the facial image of another fighter captured in the background of his photo.

Here’s hoping this jihadumbass meets the same fate as his Twitter account: termination.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media