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WAWIBF... Intelligence

20 October 2006

'I have a very hard time with this word "non-violence", because I don't believe that I am non-violent. Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.'

- Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, July 2006

Aaah, the urge to lash out and destroy that which we believe we know to be wrong. It's a powerful urge. Many people get it when they consider Osama bin Laden and all the death and suffering he has caused. Many get it when they consider George W Bush and all the death and suffering he has caused. And it's an understandable urge. Obviously we at TFT don't really approve of murder. Not really. We like to think - as with war and indeed any violence - that there is always another option. But sometimes, perhaps there really isn't. And perhaps - just perhaps - the world would be a better place if someone did kill George Bush. Oh, and Dick Cheney of course. And David Blunkett... Oh, burst open, sweet brutal floodgates of barbaric instinct...

So anyway, last week 14-year-old Californian schoolgirl Julia Wilson was taken out of a molecular biology class and interrogated by two 'Secret Service' agents. Her crime? She uploaded the words 'Kill Bush' to her MySpace page, like, ages ago. Probably under the illusion that it actually was her page. Tsk. There was also a picture of the president and a crudely drawn dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. It was dangerous stuff. And it needed to be investigated.

Julia's parents weren't present at the interrogation because by law they don't have to be. In fact, the 'Secret Service' are actually permitted to rip a foetus from the womb of a pregnant woman and question it in another room if they have reasonable suspicion it may be a nascent unlawful enemy combatant.

So Julia was questioned for around 20 minutes, during which time the 'Secret Service' agents yelled at her a lot and were 'unnecessarily mean'. After they had reduced this teenage girl to tears however, they intelligently perceived her not to be a threat. Years of training.

This week a poll of over half a million people on AOL revealed that 71% of Americans who visit AOL thought the 'Secret Service' were right to interrogate this little girl. She has in fact been lambasted from all quarters in the American media. Even her mom and dad think she was wrong to have done what she did and Julia herself also claimed in interviews this week to have learned her lesson. She says she is now using the evil of MySpace to campaign for world peace. Hmmm. Well, we wish her luck. Although we can't help wishing she'd stop wasting her time, pull her trigger finger out of her ass and just kill that psychotic motherfucker once and for all.

We know she wants to.

Especially now.

More intelligence.

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