Dangerous New Global Terrorist Group Identified
New group targeted by Western governments as Al Qaeda fades into the background.
Monday, June 2, 2008
A dangerous new terrorist group has been identified by the governments of the Western world who fear it already has operatives all over the globe and is an imminent threat to security.
The new group has been identified as the “T-shirt wearing terrorists”.
I jest of course, the government has not identified a new axis of evil that will keep you scrubbing at your soiled underwear for another few years. However, federal officials, police and security guards the world over continue to harass and arrest innocent people going about their daily business for wearing what are deemed to be “offensive” or “threatening” t-shirts.
The latest case was reported in the British press today.
An airline passenger has claimed that a security guard threatened to arrest him because he was wearing a T-shirt showing a cartoon robot with a gun.
Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed ‘offensive.’
Mr Jayakody said the first guard started joking with him about the Transformers character depicted on his French Connection T-shirt.
‘”Then he explains that since Megatron is holding a gun, I’m not allowed to fly,’ he said.
It appears that Britain is safe from cartoon robot gun attacks, at least. I for one will no longer be cowering beneath the duvet every night at the thought of Starscream breaking through British air defenses and utilizing his signature weapon, the null ray, which can disrupt the flow of electricity in any circuitry it hits for brief periods, effectively rendering any electronic device or machine temporarily inoperable.
Yes, this story is currently doing the rounds as the butt of many jokes and the topic of many witty blog postings, probably not as witty as my own, however, there are serious concerns to take into account because this is most certainly not an isolated incident.
Consider the case of a student at Bellbrook High School in Ohio. The unnamed teenager chose to wear a T-shirt with the words “not my president” superimposed over a picture of President Bush. When a crosshair was added to the design, two students came forward and complained to the school administrators. The Assistant Principal then made the decision to call the FBI because the high school kid could have been a terrorist planning to assassinate Bush. What’s even more absurd is that the FBI actually treated the case with the utmost significance and the investigation was eventually turned over to the Secret Service!
In a gut-wrenching climax to the story, the two kids who snitched on the teenage terrorist were praised as heroes. The Assistant Principal said they had complied with the demand of the government – that citizens stand together with homeland security and keep an eye out for potential terrorist activity, for this, he was proud of them.
Now take the case of a 14 year old from Lancaster, PA who was reprimanded for wearing a t-shirt with the image of a gun, printed on the front and back — a shirt the Penn Manor freshman wore to honor his uncle, a soldier in the U.S. Army fighting in Iraq.
How about the 80 year veteran who was arrested at a mall for wearing an anti-war t-shirt. The shirt was splotched with red and emblazoned with a simple message about the fatalities of the Iraq war: “4,000 troops, 1 million Iraqis dead. Enough.”
Take the British tourist who was forced to turn his t-shirt inside out by airport security who told him the two pistols on the front could constitute a security risk and upset passengers.
Consider the t-shirt seller from New Orleans who was investigated by Homeland Security officials for selling anti-FEMA T-shirts, a reflection of his frustration with the federal government’s response to the storm that left him homeless and unemployed.
Or the Australian man who was barred from a London-Melbourne flight unless he removed a T-shirt depicting George Bush as “the world’s number one terrorist”.
Another potential terrorist was apprehended when a lawyer was arrested and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt he had just purchased at the mall bearing the words “Give Peace A Chance”.
Two more terrorists were identified as a Texas couple arrested and charged with trespassing in 2004 after they refused to cover up homemade T-shirts with anti-Bush slogans. The front of the T-shirts bore the international symbol for “no” superimposed over the word “Bush.” The back of Nicole Rank’s T-shirt said “Love America, Hate Bush.” On the back of Jeffery Rank’s T-shirt was the message “Regime Change Starts at Home.”
Back in Britain, a 20 year old gamekeeper was arrested at a Game Fair in 2005 for wearing a t-shirt that read “Bollocks to Blair”. Charlotte Denis, from Gloucestershire, was stopped by police as she left the Countryside Alliance stand because of the “offensive” slogan.
These are the real threats to the free world. Forget wide-open borders and the daily influx of totally undocumented populations into our countries, don’t bother focusing on the small rag tag groups of known violent radicals, we need to put all our efforts into routing out high school children and old men with political T-shirts, those who wear pictures of guns, and guys sporting transformers merchandise.