Thursday, July 26, 2007

Convicted For Having An Altered 9/11 Poster In His Room

You'd better be careful what you do with Photoshop: The obviously faked graphic at right is apparently legit because it puts the approved bad-guys -- or a reasonable caricature thereof -- at the scene of the crime. But you wouldn't want to mess with it too much.

Awaab Iqbal, 20, of Bradford, England, was convicted under Section 57 of Britain's Terrorism Act, found guilty of "having articles for terrorism", and has been sentenced to three years' detention, after police found a poster on which he had "swapped his face and those of friends for the faces of the 9/11 terrorists".

I can answer your immediate questions right away.

No, you can't make this stuff up, or at least I can't.

Yes, this is the world's most bogus terror conviction to date, at least that I know of.

And Yes, I got it from a reliable source: the Scotsman.

Student guilty of terrorism charge for altered 9/11 poster
A FIFTH student was found guilty yesterday of a terrorism offence. Awaab Iqbal, 20, of Bradford, had swapped his face and those of friends for the faces of the 9/11 terrorists on a poster.

He was found guilty under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act of having articles for terrorism.

The charge related to material found on his computer and in his room after an investigation was launched when 17-year-old Mohammed Irfan Raja ran away from home to be a martyr.

Iqbal had admitted editing the 9/11 picture to include himself, two other defendants and friends.
Welcome to the GWOT, where the unbelievable is commonplace.