Tuesday, August 14, 2007

There's Patriotic, and There's Crazy

This is crazy, in my opinion. It would be interesting to see what the courts are making of it.

I these post-9/11 days, the Department of Homeland Security has said that American Citizens should "Report any suspected criminal or terrorist activity" to the proper authorities.

That makes sense.

Then, there's the inmate who says that Michael Vick, the football player, is in cahoots with al Qaeda, stole his dogs, and bought missiles from Iran.

You can't make this sort of thing up.

Two excerpts from the complaint:

"Plaintiff seeks 63,000,000,000.00 Billion dollars backed by gold and silver delivered via "UPS" United States Parcel Service to the front gates of FCI Williamsburg, Salters S.C., collected from Defendant MICHAEL VICK."

"MR. VICK sold my dogs on EBAy Auction, and used the proceeds to purchase missles from the Iran Government."

There's a copy of the filing in pdf format on the Fox News website, and more about this crossover between sports scandals and national security, in "South Carolina Inmate Hits Michael Vick With '$63,000,000,000 Billion Dollar' Lawsuit Alleging Al Qaeda Ties."

To be serious for a moment: screwball claims like this can take valuable time and attention away from real threats.

One more thing: The person who filed this complaint has, it seems, copyrighted his name.

I'll get back to laughing, now.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.