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British Official Calls for Investigation of Al Qaeda Video Game

Police in the U.K. may soon be tracking down the creators of a computer game designed as an Al Qaeda propaganda tool.

On Monday, GamePolitics reported on Night of Bush Capturing, a crude first-person shooter in which the player targets President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The widely-covered story even made its way into the mainstream press.

Now comes word that a member of Parliament is urging British police to take action against the game's creators. As reported by today's Sun, Labor Party MP Andrew Dismore has called for a probe into Night of Bush Capturing. The shadowy organization which produced the game, the Global Islamic Media Front, is apparently based in the U.K.

"The police should prosecute whoever is behind this," said Dismore. "Soliciting murder is a serious criminal offence and the producers of this game should be dealt with."

Dismore has previously lobbied against British-based Islamic radicals, including cleric Abu Hamza, now jailed for inciting murder.

The Sun also dishes on the furor surrounding a new board game, War on Terror (seen at left), which bills itself as "a family game for 2-6 players... You can fight terrorism, you can fund terrorism, you can even be the terrorists. The only thing that matters is global domination..."

Tags: al qaeda, andrew dismore, global islamic media front, terrbull, terrorism, u.k., war on terror
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Whilst I know it doesn't change the Story, it should be borne in mind that the Sun in the UK is a direct equivalent of the Canadian Paper of the same name. Any paper that has to put a picture of a topless woman on page 3 every day to help sell itself really is its own best description.

It wouldn't surprise me if this was the case, we have hate-speech laws here that make it illegal to do fight people who make hate-filled comments about other races, or, indeed, those who start likening a single social group as 'Drug addled Nazis'. It's a criminal offence here. I doubt that anything will be done though, it depends on the details of the game, it may well not 'solicit' murder any more than Unreal Tournament.
the Sun in the UK is a direct equivalent of the Canadian Paper of the same name.

And on that note:

Jim Hacker: Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers:

The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
The Times is read by people who actually do run the country;
The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
The Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country;
And the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read the Sun?
Bernard Woolley: Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits.

-Yes, Minister
Heh, yeah, I remember that episode, I also noticed a big typo in my post, I'm not quite sure what 'do fight people who' is doing in the second paragraph there... I probably started typing something else and didn't delete it all :/

"The police should prosecute whoever is behind this," said Dismore. "Soliciting murder is a serious criminal offence and the producers of this game should be dealt with."

I don't see how a fictional video game solicits murder. I may not like the source material, but it isn't that heinous.

It might be the aim of Al Qaeda to target Blair and Bush, but their fictional counterparts in the game are not them. People need to understand that non-reality isn't real.
well, given that Al Qaeda would kill those officials in a second, given the chance, the game seems to be a way to propagandize that message, don't you think?

Plus, it seems Al Qaeda is for killing US and British citizens anytime, anywhere.
It doesn't change that it's a video game. If they changed the skins on the models, would it change [your] opinion on what they are--or are not--soliciting?

Do movies or TV shows depicting "the President" in unfavorable lights and/or situations (including assassination[s]) "solicit" murderous animosity any more than a game? Granted, one is interactive, and one is passive, but merely electing to put a virtual bullet in a virtual model that looks like the President (poor quality, no less!) is not the same as in real life.

I know the source wants to do awful things, but the game doesn't have to insinuate that players do the same. After all, it was GTA that remarked to "Kill the Haitians" (and such) and other games have made similarly gross commentary in the form of dialogue, and that is no more solicitous than this game, regardless of source.
Regarding propoganda? Absolutely it could be. However, unless the text in teh game suggests the player go murder Bush or Blair in real life, it isn't anything more than the game telling the player to kill Bush or Blair in a fictional world.

So, I guess in theory, they're soliciting virtual assassination, which in "real" terms is fake.

I don't like the source or material any more than anyone else, but I don't see how this is different than any other video game. Was Wolfenstein 3D bad, in this respect? Good, because it recommended doing away with a monster?

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anticron

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Didn't America's Army (or was it America's Most Wanted?) have you going toe to toe with Saddam? Is it OK for a government-sponsored game to have you specifically target an individual enemy leader?

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eternallegenduk

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Hold the phone!

So if this was to happen....don't you think that this would spark off the prosecution of anything violent? Movies, books, games, the LOT?!
There is no Constitutional protection of free speech in the UK (no Constitution, in fact).
People get this confused all the time.
The UK has no written Constitution. That's not the same thing.
The UK is a member of the EU which does protect speech.
But not to the same degree.

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The boardgame mentioned above sounds very similar to the Illuminati CCG-esque game.
guess free speech doesn't apply in england.
only when it agrees with what the Government says...
That boardgame looks brilliant. A perfect example of how a game can also have a political message (look at their anti-war on terror political rant page). And you have to admire their balls in releasing that in a country with no real free speech protection where theres a law on the books making it a crime to "justify" terrorism.
The only thing that matters is global domination - err, liberation.
That line cracked me up and it's not that far from the truth. Anyway if the creators of the board game get persecuted then they can flee for America and make it there. Just like a certain (dead) cartoonist who wrote for MAD.
Actually the people behind this could be prosecuted under U.S. law if they turned out to be citizens. Its against the law to threaten the President; and I'm sure that England has similair laws concerning the Prime Minister. While it is obviously propoganda its also exceedingly illegal and not protected by free speech laws.
After all, it's not like the US or UK has trash like this. What will be next? Punch Osama/Sadam flash games that interrupt your web surfing? Not in these free speech laden countries, heck no. We wouldn't tolerate that stuff.

And it's not like we would be so low as to have large game developers utilize modern politics to be a harbinger of our own political idealism.

We need to nip this things in the bud.

Yes, all sarcasm.
ah so as long as you're not against us its okay, but as soon as you make something that goes against convention you should be prosecuted. fuck that.
I highly doubt the game solicits murder, I've played web games that let you kill Bush and I don't want to kill Bush. Although those games were made by Iraq war protest groups and not Al-Qaeda. They shouldn't arrest these guys for soliciting murder, they should be arrested for involvement in al-qaeda

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If the game had secret information,blueprints and plans and stuff sure find them and throw them in jail if not tis no worse than that indapendant movie invoveing bush getting shot... when dose political comnet/criticism or fictional writing become a crime?

Get out the thought police because thats where we are headed...