US Anti-Terror Consultants Deny Report That They Classified Fallout 3 Screenshot as Al Qaeda Material

May 30, 2008 -

UPDATE: The SITE Intelligence Group has issued a press release which says, categorically, that the article in the Telegraph (upon which this story is based) is wrong. From SITE:

On May 30, 2008, the Telegraph newspaper ran a misleading story... which incorrectly and falsely described analysis provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.

 

Discussing a computer-generated image of a destroyed Capitol Building in Washington that was posted to a jihadist forum, the Telegraph claimed, without any basis, "The SITE Intelligence Group said that the image, showing a ruined Capitol Building in Washington, was created by extremists as part of discussions about the feasibility of nuclear strikes against the US and Britain."

 

This claim is entirely false, as is the characterization that SITE is "embarrassed" or "red-faced." SITE rejects the claims by the Telegraph and stands fully behind the accuracy of its information and analysis. SITE at no time maintained that the image "was created by extremists."

(original story follows:)

A US defense contractor has mistakenly identified a screenshot from the upcoming Fallout 3 role-playing adventure as an al Qaeda-created graphic.

As reported by the Telegraph, the SITE Intelligence Group claimed that the image (seen at left) was created by terrorists as part of an al Qaeda investigation as to the feasibility of launching nuclear attacks against the US and UK.

From the newspaper report:

The images appeared in a video, called Nuclear Jihad: The Ultimate Terror, posted on two password-protected websites... believed to be affiliated with al-Qa’eda. SITE also released translated several chatroom threads... discussing the possibility of nuclear attacks on the West.

 

However, it has transpired that far from being a detailed simulation created by terrorist masterminds, the apocalyptic vision is in fact lifted from the computer game Fallout 3, by US game designers Bethesda Softworks.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Australian was among news outlets which ran the story including SITE's claim that the graphic was an Al Qaeda product.

This isn't the first time that video game graphics have shown up in US intelligence reports on Islamic terrorism. As GamePolitics reported in May, 2006, footage from EA's popular first-person shooter Battlefield 2 and even a voice-over from the film Team America: World Police were presented to the House Select Committe on Intelligence as al Qaeda propaganda.

Commenting on SITE's bungling of the Fallout 3 graphic incident, Alex Jones Infowars takes the mainstream media to task, claiming that it helps spread terrorism fears:

Whatever Al Qaeda is, the American (and Australian) mainstream media is doing their job of spread the threat of terror for them, and making money at the same time utilising dramatic free content supposedly supplied by terrorists.

 

It doesn’t matter how absolutely crap and ridiculous the supposed Al Qaeda videos are, the mainstream media gives them all front page and lead evening news story exposure, almost seven years after the United States was last attacked.

 

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Well, there's a lot you can say about someone mistaking these images for "propaganda" material, but you have to admit, the artist who made these captured the feeling of desolation perfectly, or they would not have fallen for it.

Still, it should not happen, this doesn't make the US intelligence services look good. (not that a EU agency couldn't have made the same mistake, it probably just wouldn't have been as public then)

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Jeez, I could just imagine if someone keeping up with news on the game called in.

Caller: Er, yeah, saee the IGN logo i nthe corner? It's a screenshot form a fictional video game that takes place in a fictional post apocolyptic earth

Show: So, the game developer is saying they'll train people to blow up the USA

Caller: no, Iwas saying.... *click*

Show: Woops, call was cut, technical problem

 

YOu'd be surprised, well, maybe not really ,at how often these selective technical problems happen.

 

 

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

In related news, Bert, the beloved former Sesame Street Muppet, was revealed today to be in league with Bin Laden.

Ernie was unavailable for comment.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Well, we already know Bert is evil.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Good old Daily Mail made the same mistake.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Actually to be fair they didn't say who made it, but they failed to mention it was from a game and wasn't made with ill-intention.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

  It is to lol. The only thing missing is a clip of Faux News running it as a real story, although the Murdoch connection does make it close.

  I guess we shall be mounting an invasion of Bethesda soon.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

This has to be a joke.... There's no way anyone can be this stupi....

Who the hell am I kidding. We've been putting up with this level of stupidity for the past 7 and a half years.

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

You're kidding yourself, this level of Stupidity has been around since the Nixon Administration.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Saw the picture months ago when Bethesda Released it for the Fallout 3 website...honestly, I am not suprised that it ended up here.  I wish I was getting paid upwards of seven digits to make bogus claims about images and videos that, right below it on youtube, say that it was american.  Wait, were the watermarks for the images still on them?  God, it would be hillarious to have a giant IGN.com or Bethesda marking right on the image.

 

Agent #1: "is that a...does that say Bethesda in the corner?"

Agent #2: "I think it does.  Wait, here is one with Gamespot.com on it."

Agent #1: "what does it all mean?"

Agent #2: "This goes far deeper than we expected.  Bin Laden is in charge of the gaming industry."

Jack Thompson: THANK YOU.  Finally, someone believes me.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

I just almost pulled a stomach muscle laughing. Genius, dude. Kudos to you.

And I suppose it's a credit to Bethesda that they managed to create such an emotive, detailed image so as to be taken seriously by the American government. Whilst whoever was in charge of this investigation is obviously a complete bellend, it doesn't disguise how good the image is.

Off-topic question: does anyone know if I can get that picture as a widescreen wallpaper for my laptop? Cheers.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Remember kids, this is where your taxes go, and this is what you get with Big Government. 

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

 Actually this is what you get with privitization. A private security contractor for the govt. made this error.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Ohnoes it's those deadly terrorists from Al Con Queso.

A cookie to the person who gets the reference.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

GTA IV, no?

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

I find it pretty disturbing that the main GP website links to such a conspiracy nut like Alex Jones.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Second

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

third.  Alex Jones is not a credible source.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Your tax $$ at work. F%^cking idiots...

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

This was a great post until you quoted the nuttiest nutburger in the entire country.

Quoting Alex Jones is like quoting Jack Thompson on the law.  Don't do it.  It detracts from your larger point and if you take Jpnes seriously, makes me (and others I am sure) lose respect for your intellect.

 

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Department of Homeland Security, always hard at work and the finest defense department there is...

*FACEPALM*

 

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Makes me glad I don't watch the news. If I need information i'll hit the internet. Bit harder to weed through, but at least it's not complete shit like T.V.

 

/sigh

/sigh

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Wow.  I have to wonder if Aids to these people do this on purpose just to make them look like fools and to show people how out of touch the people in government are.  I can only hope this is correct.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Nope, they do it to themselves.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Ah, good old American paranoia.

Tell me, does being this stupid hurt?

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

There is a reason that something that hurts is called something that "smarts". We don't get smarted much.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Does trolling make your balls feel big?

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

No, I find their sheer size does that.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

you know, studies have shown that the bigger one's balls are, the more likely women are to cheat on him

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Oooh. Touche, dude.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

You will have to explain to me where the true stupidity lies.  My stupid American brain can't seem to wrap itself around the issue with your statement.  Since you are clearly reading an American website and posting comments in a section that is dominated by Americans, one can only assume that you, yourself, are just as stupid due to the fact that your apparent intellect (which is predetermined to be higher than that of Americans due to your geographic location) is being squandered making inflammatory remarks on an American website instead of being used to further the intellectual superiority of mankind.  Please explain to us, the stupid Americans, what is intelligent about what you have done?  Our simple, stupid, brains can't take it.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Mankind can take a flying leap. I would go so far as to say it already has. I'm simply here for amusement's sake.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Stereotype much?  You're just as bad as Jack Thompson.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

DarkeSword?! THE DarkeSword from OverClocked ReMix???

I absolutely LOVE your tunes, man; five-star stuff!!!

Anyway, pleasure seeing you here!

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

By strict definition, no. I haven't stated one particular country's people are smarter than another, in fact, the exact opposite is true. I've simply stated that America's were the 'funniest'. Knowing my country of origin will earn you nothing, as I myself consider a good portion of the people here slope-browed idiots.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Ah, no stones. As I suspected.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Very well. If knowing where I live will somehow make you feel better about yourself, it's Canada. The information will do you no good, however, as attempting to insult me based on my country of origin is a non-starter: I don't make any assumptions that Canadians are any smarter than anyone else; I've said as much already.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Very well.  Now prove you are smarter than the average American.  Stating your "smartness" on a blog is really as productive as yelling the same thing at the roaring of the ocean.  But congrats on being more evidence in favor of Gabrial's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

I've never actually claimed to be more intelligent than anyone (American or otherwise); simply that I felt myself to be.  And, you have to admit, given the stories on this page alone, it isn't hard to see my point.  Can you deny you didn't think to yourself 'Holy crap, these people are stupid; I'm way smarter than them' when you read any of them?

We all think of ourselves as 'better than the other guy' from time to time. I simply never stop.  We are 6.7 billion master races of one.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Hey shadow boy.  Why don't you tell us your country of residence so the rest of us can have our jollies by ripping into it.  That is if you have the stones to fess up what it is that is.


 

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

You seem to judge everyone in america as being stupid....


 

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Yeah!  After all... it's a condition of the Human species, not limited to nationalism.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

That's because I haven't seen any evidence to the contrary yet. And to be precise, I judge almost everyone as  stupid; Americans just do it the most comically. It's like watching a kid with Downs syndrome fall down a flight of stairs.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

This reminds me of something from a Simpsons comic. If I remember correctly, it was something along the lines of, "Everybody is stupid; it's just that some people are less stupid than others."

Anyway, get off your high horse; you're sounding like Jack 'Troll'son.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

sorry for the double post; my previous comment was directed at HalfShadow.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

So, uh, HalfShadow, what species are you?

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

  We're not all stupid, just those of us who manage to get on TV, and the loudest of us, and the people we elect.... I'm not making a very good case for us here, am I? 

  Really, other than launching invasions based solely on utter bollocks, being stupid is probably about the last thing we're best at... that and sending jobs to other countries.

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Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Thank god smart people like you are alive (an posting on the internet) to look out for us idiots.  It must be nice to know you are smarter than everyone else.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

Oh well. I don't want to brag, but yeah; it often makes me smile.

We are, most of us, better than our kith and kin. We think this often. I simply don't mind admitting it.

Re: US Anti-Terror Consultants Classify Fallout 3 Screenshot as

"And to be precise, I judge almost everyone as  stupid..."

But not yourself... of course.    So wise master what would you do to fix the world of its stupidity?

 
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