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Videogame Character Threatens National Security?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the sonic-the-jailed-hog dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 396

Watchful Babbler writes "Apparently, 'the lead item on the government's daily threat matrix one day last April' was clear and definite: a reclusive millionaire had formed a terrorist group with the intent of launching chemical weapons attacks on Western cities. The White House was notified and the Director of the FBI briefed as the government raced to find information. But then, according to USNews.com, a White House staffer decided to Google for information on suspected threat Don Emilio Fulci and found him -- in a video game - Sega's action title Headhunter. No word on exactly which sources and methods came up with this gem, but word in the E Ring is that Fulci had issued the cryptic warning, 'You have no chance to survive make your time'."

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Hmmm (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110921)

Sounds like the government was trolled.

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110952)

So, do you think they'd fall for the Goaste link? Or would they be more susceptible to Tubgirl?

Re:Hmmm (3, Funny)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110975)

-1 national security threat

Re:Hmmm (1)

JeremyALogan (622913) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111021)

IN OTHER NEWS:
All Your Base Are Belong To Us!

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111053)

> Sounds like the government was trolled.
By Sega, no less!

Re:Hmmm (5, Interesting)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111125)

With their history [beta-7.com] of it, I can't say I'm surprised.

Sounds like we were trolled. (2, Interesting)

jamonterrell (517500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111064)

When I just googled, I saw nothing of the like... only 3 results, the usnews article was the top then some french article I didn't bother to read.
Anyone know of this character or even the game? I'm not really a Sega person... speaking of which... Sega? When was the last time you saw a Sega? And this happened last April.... hmm... something fishy.

Notice how the date is in April? (4, Funny)

foidulus (743482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110922)

Could the world's most elaborate April fools be amiss?

Re:Notice how the date is in April? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111168)

Could it be that you are all being had? Did anyone here bother to cross-examine the validity of this story or do any research? I guess when Slashdotters take things on faith they *must* be right because, well, that's just how the world works. Facts are facts because they fulfill our wildest fantasies.

*sigh*

is it april 1st? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9110928)

too funny for reality.

In other news (3, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110931)

Government sues Mario. Nintendo execs in jail...

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9110986)

Mario meets Bubba

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111007)

Except that the government doesnt due now a days.. They just take you to guantanamo bay

Re:In other news (4, Funny)

KeeperS (728100) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111013)

I'm not surprised. Mario is a communist [the-i.org] , after all.

Amazing (5, Funny)

DiscordOfFive (778099) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110935)

Wow. At least we know their intel gathering stuff works.... It just can't tell reality from fantasy.

Aha! (5, Funny)

sterno (16320) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111016)

That would explain the missing WMD's quite nicely :)

Easy solution (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9110938)

Just recruit Mario Mario and his brother Luigi Mario. They're able to stop any trouble that comes their way.

Oh, you may need to pardon them for their mushroom usage, but it's for a good cause.

Is it me.... (5, Insightful)

WarlockD (623872) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110940)

... or is terrorism winning?

It certainly feels like evey time we get a false positive we panic.

Re:Is it me.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9110974)

Yeah, it is, because of all the terror conveying statements made by our government/media.

Wheres the flush lever?

Re:Is it me.... (1)

Frizzle Fry (149026) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111010)

Who's "we"? I don't remember panicking about Fulci. It sounds like the only people reacting to this were FBI employees, and that's their job.

If you ask that sort of question ... (4, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111022)

or in fact ask any questions or even allow yourself in the solitary darkness to in any way doubt the true path that our holy warriors have been set by our commander in chief and recipient of the true word, then the terrorists have won.

A relocation expert from sunny Guantanamo Bay will be coming by in a few minutes to assist you in understanding the heretical error in your ways. I hope you're photogenic.

Re:Is it me.... (5, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111101)

The poster says the lead item on the government's daily threat matrix, in quotes as though he was quoting the article, which says no such thing.

Keep in mind the nature of the source, sort of a tongue-in-cheek political gossip column as well.

Some guy phoned in a tip, some low-level FBI grunt kicked it up the chain - as is his job. It was later found to be a hoax and thrown out. There was no panic or mayhem.

This happens all the time, everyone from assholes to crazies phone in to report bad guys from movies, etc. I remember reading an article about the rash of calls law enforcement got after Silence of the Lambs came out - people actually thought Hannibal Lecter was a real guy.

Re:Is it me.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111145)

Your government is winning too. Having a series of perpetual wars against shadowy foes (drugs, terrorism, etc) allows them to divert taxpayer funds to their friends and supporters without difficult questions being asked. It's a win-win situation.

Again an example... (4, Interesting)

j0keralpha (713423) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110950)

Of a very knee-jerk reaction to security here in the US... What I dont get is how Grade B (uncorroborated, domestic, single-informant) information winds up at the top of the threat matrix, unless someone was trying to play a joke?

Re:Again an example... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111033)

That ranks as high as Grade B? I'd fail it with an F!

Re:Again an example... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111078)

Again an example of the knee-jerk reaction of /. retards against the US. What I don't get is how you are so eager to believe a Grade B uncorroborated Washington rumor like this.

Lets face it- the daily threat matrix is one of the most classified documents in the White House. It took weeks of negotiations for the 9/11 commission to see all of the documents that they wanted. Do you honestly think that some USA Today reporter somehow has an inside knowledge of what was in the document? Are you really that retarded?

Re:Again an example... (1)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111155)

because when grade B- intelligence was shelved regarding sept 11th, america went ballistic when it found out...

I also hear... (5, Funny)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110959)

...that the Princess has been captured again. Good thing Google is up to date on terrorist kidnappings too.

Re:I also hear... (4, Funny)

geekschmoe (244913) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111081)

sorry mario, but your terrorist leader is in another castle!

Re:I also hear... (5, Funny)

MisterFancypants (615129) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111099)

Sorry, Dubya, but the WMDs are in another bunker !!!!!

CAPPS II (3, Funny)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110961)

I wonder if he was added to the CAPPS II system as a "no fly" person.

John.

not released in the US (4, Interesting)

L-Train8 (70991) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110965)

I don't think the Dreamcast game Headhunter was ever released in the US. You can find PAL versions on eBay, and some game websites have old stories on the game, (for example, gamespot.com [gamespot.com] ), but the stories don't indicate a release date, or if the game ever actually came out. Only in Europe and Japan apparently, although the sequel, Headhunter: Redemption [gamespot.com] is slated for US release on PS2 and XBox

Re:not released in the US (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111004)

It was released for PS2 in the US, IIRC.

It came out after dreamcast ceased production, and like Shenmue II or Rez, Sega sold it off to be an exclusive in the US.

Re:not released in the US (1)

Carlos Rodriguez (136019) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111023)

It was released for the PS2 in the US in May 14, 2002 [ign.com] .

Re:not released in the US (1)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111075)

It was released in the US, on the PS2, and its initial retail price was more than I paid to have the European Dreamcast version imported (note: Dreamcast games don't have PAL/NTSC distinctions, the video output is dependent on the console used).

Re:not released in the US (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111165)

Some DC games will not display properly if you go between NTSC/PAL. This is mostly just the early ones. This is because NTSC and PAL video have different resolutions. Similarly, many games don't work in VGA mode, for the same reason. It (like NTSC and PAL) is considered to be a separate video mode.

Headhunter was ported to PS2 (1)

xmurf (236569) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111111)

check here:

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps2/he ad hunter/

and here:

http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/217586.asp

It's still an old game, but yes, it was brought to the US as a PS2 game.

Re:not released in the US (1)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111112)

As other replies mentioned, it was indeed ported the PS2 and released in the US.

If you ask me, that was a terrorist act.

Re:not released in the US (1)

TechnoFreek (758758) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111188)

according to GameFAQs, Headhunter did have a US release. http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/dreamcast/data/322 51.html

One day last april... (0, Redundant)

Sn_wC_t (769951) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110967)

hmm, was it the first by chance?

FBI Tipster revealed to be drunken frat boy (5, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110973)

When asked for a name, he responded "I. P. Freely".

This links comes from what amounts to a trashy "dc insider" gossip column. Though, this sort of stuff happens all the time. People phone in bogus tips all the time. If they sound legit, they get investigated.

I also object to the articles description of Headhunter as "popular".

Jesus Fucking Christ. (1, Troll)

James A. O. Joyce (777976) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110976)

This isn't funny, for fuck's sake, this is downright worrying as hell. We're talking about the government with supposedly the most intelligence in possession of the most WMDs, the biggest army, the most firearms, the most money...and they start a level three alert over a goddamned video game character. I ain't gonna be sleeping easy tonight. Mod me down all you want, but this scares the living hell outta me.

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111011)

This isn't funny, for fuck's sake, this is downright worrying as hell.

Where's the option to filter out posts from late-model Slashdroids again?

*sigh*

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111048)

It's that little button at the top of your screen with the X in it... If yer gonna bitch about what other people say at least say something yourself, bitching is *easy*...

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111047)

Mod me down all you want, but this scares the living hell outta me.

No it doesn't. Who the fuck is scared by Slashdot articles? Half of Slashdot "news" is bad unverified or slanted crap anyway.

I say you're karma-whoring like there's no tomorrow. Nothing better to be modded up than a "government's-gone-crazy-they're-all-after-us" post...

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111060)

YHBT. YHL. HAND.

*points to GNAA link in parents signature*

relax, it's just an abhorrence (1)

kippy (416183) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111061)


In all likelihood this is an anomaly of the highest order. They probably got this from some data mining software that processes internet traffic. I'm not surprised that a program would pick this up and not realize that it's a fictional character.

Anyway, you have to expect that no system is perfect and that mistakes will be made from time to time. This was just one of those wacky mistakes. I'd sleep easy. The rest of what they are doing is probably accurate and affective. We'll just never know one way or the other. But since the country isn't a pile of ashes right now, I think the intelligence community is doing their job pretty well.

Re:relax, it's just an abhorrence (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111104)

> They probably got this from some data mining software that processes internet traffic. I'm not surprised that a program would pick this up and not realize that it's a fictional character.

Which reminds me, never mind this Fulci guy, it's been over 20 years and they still haven't found Carmen Sandiego! Where in the world is she?

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (0, Troll)

mt v2.7 (772403) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111091)

There's a considerable difference between the "biggest" army and the Most Powerful one.. The army's undermanned right now..

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (3, Insightful)

Max Threshold (540114) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111140)

I'd be more afraid if the government weren't incompetent.

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (2, Insightful)

gangien (151940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111141)

OK they recieved a tip that certainly, if true would be extremely serious, so they took it seriously and this makes you paranoid? It's good to know that our government takes threats seriously until they can be proven not to be serious, as in this case. Makes you lose sleep? well it makes me sleep better.

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (1)

Adriax (746043) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111142)

I'll have problems sleeping when these guys [afi.com] make the top of the threat matrix.

Until then, I'm just gonna sleep normally, and wait for next year when the guy who started the chain-overreaction is out of office.

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111157)

Holy cow. Calm down. What USA Today printed was a RUMOR- a rumor about a highly classified document. In reality, the story that made it to USA Today probably bears little resemblence to what actually happened in the White House.

You have gone to level three tin-foil-hat alert over a silly rumor.

Re:Jesus Fucking Christ. (1)

niko9 (315647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111176)

Reminds me of an old movie quote: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"

--

Threat matrix? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9110983)

Anyone care to explain this? According to Google it's some kind of TV show...

DOS attack on use non-intelligence (2, Insightful)

sPaKr (116314) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110988)

If the US can so call intelligence community can be fooled into sending out alerts based on a Sega game how hard can it be fore AlQuda to send out false threats to yo-yo with the servalince. Since all this does is tell real people to do things sooner or later they will get tired and ignore the warnings thus allowing for a real threat to go further then it would without the DOS attack. I mean the terrorist aholes should start scaring people left and right, force the threat level up and down. How much risk is there to leak false intelligance.. then not follow through. Sooner or later we will get fed up, let our guard down and whamo they get a free ride. Jebus I really should wash my gray hat its looking darker and darker every day.

Re:DOS attack on use non-intelligence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111180)

The only hat you're wearing is a dunce cap.

Non-intelligence? AlQuda? Servalince? Intelligance?

Are you suggesting that the U.S. government should just not worry about it because of a Crying Wolf effect?

Is this at all an indicator of effectiveness of information?

How informed are you if you place credit in this article then put on your magical psuedo-hacker realpolitik guru hat?

What exactly is your solution to 'false alarms'?

Just because you post on Slashdot and spend time on EFNet trading pirated media while bragging about your Visual Basic ICMP ping executables, it doesn't mean that you've earned a 'hat'.

"Sir, we've received a terrorist threat!" (4, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110993)

"Against what?"

"Every single military installation worldwide!"

"Really? What did it say?"

"'All Your Base Are Belong To Us."

Almost unbelievable... (5, Informative)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110995)

The story is so silly it's almost unbelievable.

But then Powell used a Graduate Student's Thesis [channel4.com] to justify a war against Iraq in front of the entire world.

Did they get this info removed from google? (4, Interesting)

GraZZ (9716) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110996)

Funny, I googled [google.com] and got nothing but the news story. Even googling without the quotes [google.com] doesn't give anything about the game.

Does the US Gov't have hooks into google to prevent "Terrorist" information from being found?

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111037)

Actually you get 2 hits when you Google Don Emilio Fulci, the story, and a page in French which does mention his name in the context of the game

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (4, Informative)

yeremein (678037) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111054)

When I tried "Don Emilio Fulci" [google.com] , I got one result, in French, which is a review for the video game.

Also, Googling for "Don Fulci" [google.com] gives several results related to Headhunter.

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (1)

RotJ (771744) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111056)

I got a French gaming site. If you remove the "Don", a FAQ/walkthrough for the game also shows up.

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (1)

JDevers (83155) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111063)

Searching for just the name and not the "Don" I found several non-English pages referencing the game...this isn't really TOO surprising since the game wasn't exactly a hit and wasn't actually released in the US at all.

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (2, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111138)

It was realeased worldwide for PS2.

There was moderate hype about it, but it was completely eclipsed by Metal Gear Solid SOL - of which Headhunter is but a second rate clone.

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (1)

Stuwee (739059) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111070)

Removing the language restriction [google.com] would help more than removing the quotes. Second of two results, and in Spanish, but it's there. Still, this is an April fools somewhere along the line.

Re:Did they get this info removed from google? (2, Informative)

hool5400 (257022) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111098)

Try google for "Don Fulci" or "Don Fulci headhunter" . A lot more hits.

They Got Told (2, Funny)

RabidChicken (684107) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111002)

*NSA Laughs and nervously rubs neck*
Yeah, that Splinter Cell is just a silly ol' game too.

In a related story... (0, Redundant)

YodaToo (776221) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111008)

A the cryptic message "all your base are belong to us" was intercepted from a suspected terrorist cell. All US military bases on alert.

Today's Threat Matrix (4, Funny)

raehl (609729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111012)

NYC sewer system may be target of a disgruntled mafia splinter group, ringleaders believed to be two brothers named Mario and Luigi.

Watch the Plumber (-1, Redundant)

illuminata (668963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111017)

I was strolling up and down Conspiracy St. today and it turns out that everybody was buzzing about how Nintendo has some deep ties in Capitol Hill and never let a grudge die.

If you wanted to know who really runs shit in D.C., you're bound to hear one recurring answer... "It's a me, Mario!"

Re:Watch the Plumber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111052)

hahaha.... you are s0 FUNNYIE! your the firstest pERSon! to mAKE THE MARIO FUNIE!

easy as that (2, Funny)

6pak (687010) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111019)

wonder if anyone in the white house did consider calling spiderman for help. keep watching the night sky if you happen to live in D.C...

Here's proof... (2, Interesting)

sirgoran (221190) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111020)

That the government flunkies don't get out enough.

Don't they know that "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy"?

Perhaps we need to coin a new acronym.

How about "DSFR".

Do Some Freaking Reasearch.

-Goran

Um... (1)

ljfrench (110495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111025)

April Fools was a little over a month ago...

Cover for real terrorists (5, Funny)

HermesHuang (606596) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111035)

Once this story gets out someone's going to realize that they can disguise an underground movement by naming it after a video game's bad guys. Then the FBI will think it's just a video game clan.

Re:Cover for real terrorists (1)

Stuwee (739059) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111130)

Once this story gets out

This is Slashdot. I think we can officially say that the story is out.

Re:Cover for real terrorists (1)

BRSloth (578824) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111158)

I never thought about that! Finally, my evil plan can be unleashed! Muahahaha!

From now on, you can call me Tony Vercetti.

Something's fishy. (3, Interesting)

jamonterrell (517500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111044)

When I just googled, I saw nothing of the like... only 3 results, the usnews article was the top then some french article I didn't bother to read. Anyone know of this character or even the game? I'm not really a Sega person... speaking of which... Sega? When was the last time you saw a Sega? And htis happened last April.... hmm... something fishy.

Re:Something's fishy. (2, Informative)

ReciprocityProject (668218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111185)

When I just googled, I saw nothing of the like... only 3 results, the usnews article was the top then some french article I didn't bother to read. Anyone know of this character or even the game? I'm not really a Sega person... speaking of which... Sega? When was the last time you saw a Sega? And htis happened last April.... hmm... something fishy.

Try googling "Don Fulci" instead of the full name. "Emilio Fulci" also got a little bit, but "Don Fulci" brings up a lot. I didn't see the article but didn't look very hard either.

Also I think the "French" article was actually Italian, despite google's attempt to translate from the French, but I don't know either language.

As for Sega, I've never heard of that. ;-)

Another News Flash (2, Funny)

rinkjustice (24156) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111049)

Somebody better tell the US government there's flaming skull guys [doomworld.com] floating around too (and they look like they're up to no good).

Gameshark (4, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111050)

We'll, then all the FBI has to do is plug in their Gameshark and enter the following codes...

Hero Is Immortal 24509328 36F055F8
Enemies Are Blind 24109228 36705568

Update... (2, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111058)

> 'the lead item on the government's daily threat matrix one day last April'

Slight typo, that was supposed to read:
'the lead item on the government's daily threat matrix day one last April'

In other news (4, Funny)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111066)

Sorry Mario, but our princess is in another castle ...

The Feds Are On The Case! (3, Funny)

Steve B (42864) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111068)

They've already kept steps to keep this dangerous terrorist from getting his hands on a handbook for computer crime [sjgames.com] .

Whitehouse spokesperson Amanda Hugandkiss… (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111073)

...also announced the reported threat by a super villain named Scorpio to seize the east coast was also groundless. But reports of Americans taking dogs to unarmed, naked detainees was not.

BULLSHIT (2, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111077)

Try googleing on "Don Emilio Fulci" and you will get two links. One is the story that we saw, and the other is in Italian.

Are we expected to believe that our security agents were able to decode a web page written in Italian? That's just asking us to believe too much.

Re:BULLSHIT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111110)

Disappointing. You didn't use the word "fuck" anywhere in your post.

Brain fart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9111102)

a reclusive millionaire had formed a terrorist group with the intent of launching chemical weapons attacks on Western cities.

Did anyone else read 'reclusive' as 'recursive'? What would a recursive millionaire do?

Re:Brain fart (1)

j3ll0 (777603) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111166)

Did anyone else read 'reclusive' as 'recursive'? What would a recursive millionaire do?

They'd sire lots of kids....each of whom would be a millionaire.

case in point [google.com.au]

I don't see how... (3, Insightful)

Cranx (456394) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111109)

I don't see how so many of you conclude that the government doesn't know a real threat from a video game character. A threat can crop up in any one of a gazillion ways. Once made, they have to verify threats before they take them seriously. They did. They determined it was a video game character.

How else does it work? Magic? When a threat comes in, they use telepathic powers to determine that any given name is a real one and not a video game character? A quick google isn't to everyone's liking?

Dumbasses.

In other news (4, Funny)

mbkennel (97636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111121)

Rumors among the jihadi-message boards say that Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have started communicating to each other and their followers "in the open", under code names "Darth Sidious" and "Darth Maul".

The National Security Agency said that comment it will not, but you mustn't underestimate the power of the Emperor.

Funny, Not... (0)

confused one (671304) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111124)

I'd find this funny (as in ROFLOL) if it wasn't for the fact it cost the government money to produce and then disprove; AND, it took time away from the President, who, should have more important things to do...

Re:Funny, Not... (2, Funny)

jnicholson (733344) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111167)

First of all, it might have been a real group using obviously fake names to make the threat seem less real, and thus needed investigation.

Second, anything that distracts shrub from coming up with more fun-and-games that turn into PR disasters in Iraq, is good.

Slashdot citing blogs again (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111162)

Lame, really lame.

So all you need to do is ... (2, Interesting)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111173)

So, it seems that all you need to do to get a terrorist plot ignored is to frame it with the plot from a popular videogame ...

contrarian... (4, Interesting)

moviepig.com (745183) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111178)

(Swimming upstream to find a contrary perspective on this...)

Consider the Pentagon folks who looked at this "threat" and suspected sagely (and rightly) that it was too fanciful to be credible.

How closely do they resemble the Pentagon folks who, in early 2000, looked at jet-hijacking scenarios and suspected sagely (and wrongly) that they were too fanciful to be credible?

(See answer in back of book.)

Latest addition to axis of evil (2, Funny)

Zareste (761710) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111182)

Fortunately, the FBI is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to buy entertainment systems for all their agents. Police are working round the clock to beat the game and defeat this criminal, the Bush administration is reinstating the draft to illuminate the threat, the government is commissioning programmers to build a ten-story Gameshark, and military units are already being convicted of abusing NPCs

You have no chance to survive (1)

aflat362 (601039) | more than 10 years ago | (#9111187)

You have no chance to survive, make your time

Upon learning that the threat was actually a harmless video game, all of the FBI agents sheepishly pulled their pants up from around their ankles.

They then proceeded to bash the game because of all the harm it could cause in warping the children who play it.

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