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Friday, May 26, 2006

Dutch Gamer And The "Terrorist" BF2 Video

His short movie is based on a popular video game, "Battlefield 2," which usually shows U.S. troops engaging Chinese or Middle Eastern forces.

Samir borrowed part of the soundtrack from a satirical movie, "Team America: World Police," including the words: "As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone. It was on that day I put a jihad (holy war) on them."

He also added a soundbite from President George W. Bush, days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, in which he described the war on terrorism as a "crusade." The phrase gravely offended many Muslims who took it to mean Bush was calling for a war against Islam.

At the May 4 congressional presentation, lawmakers were told that the video had been posted on militant Web sites designed to encourage youngsters to take up arms against the United States.
-- Dutch gamer finds unwelcome fame with gaming movie

This was a widely reported AP wire story about how video game mods were making their way into militant propaganda, except the whole thing took a turn for the embarrassing when it turned out that the oft quoted phrases in the story were originally written by the same guys responsible for South Park. Apparently the government is still insisting that video is being used on terrorist websites.

Because you know, those crazy kids love to get worked up over images on an American video game with English spoken over it. My understanding is that this is the same format Muqtada al-Sadr is considering ... over you know ... rants in their native language which have gotten so passe.

These guys are getting paid seven million to monitor websites and give reports like this. Clearly (cough cough) money well spent.

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