17 January 2010 at 12:31:12 PM
This was really funny. Well, part of it not so much. Seems that the FBI, in order to show how Bin Laden aged if he's still alive,
aged a photo of Bin Laden aged a photo of a prominent Spanish politician. I'm sure the polit freaked out when he discovered HIS photo was being used. And...
It goes without saying that the incident raises a couple of pretty serious questions. For a start, what precisely did the FBI agent type into Google image search to find someone with similar features to an older Bin Laden? ‘Sinister middle-aged guy’? ‘Swarthy foreigner’? Presumably not, as the former brings up a photo of Liam Neeson while the latter returns Borat. More worryingly if the FBI’s cutting-edge photo aging technology is nothing more than a kid with a laptop, an Internet connection and a copy of Microsoft Paint, then what else are they lying to us about?
The snarky explanations that folllow in that link are pretty funny. Here's one.
Myth: ‘No-fly’ lists ensure that known terrorists aren’t allowed to board planes to the US
Fact: The FBI, NSA and CIA have all tried to build relationships with their foreign intelligence counterparts to build up an accurate list of international terrorists. Unfortunately, America’s aggressive foreign policy has driven much of the middle east into a sort of diplomatic sulk, with many Arab countries either refusing to pass on data or even occasionally creating fake names for their own amusement (the latter resulting in the arrest last month of Messrs ‘Pat Downe’ and ‘Ben Dover’ at Chicago O’Hare airport). In fact the government’s current no-fly list was compiled simply by buying the subscription lists of ‘Jihad Monthly’, ‘Death To America! Digest’ and the Guardian.
How to avoid being unfaily caught: Only buy your copy of Jihad Monthly at the newsstand.
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