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The FBI joins with Islamic extremists?

August 4, 2010

I know - except for the war on terror, these things have had nothing in common - until now.

Perhaps this is a way for the FBI to forge a new relationship with Islamic extremists?

You see, the FBI sent a letter to Wikipedia asking them to remove the seal from their website. The FBI said that the posting of the seal on Wikipedia's site violates 18 U.S.C. 701, which states that the seal can't be copied and reproduced. However, what about Amendment 1 of the Constitution, that says that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

What is funny is that the FBI - you know, the ones with a seal like this:

FBI seal

is choosing to waste time over this. In fact, I thought this kind of draconian attack on Free Speech by the Department of Justice went away with Herr Ashcroft. Guess I owe the Bush Administration an apology; looks like they aren't alone in this stupidity, as the Obama Administration clearly wants to try their hand at limiting freedom.

It's also funny that this, and a billion other blog and news outlets, are all carrying this story - along with using this seal! This image I am using here came from the Dallas Morning News!

But now, I promised you a connection between the FBI and Islamic extremists; here it is.

Who else is pressuring Wikipedia to remove pictures from its site? That's right; an alleged group of 450,000 who wants the images of the Prophet Muhammad removed from the site. Even though the picture is a historic image from the 14th Century, a group is pressuring Wikipedia to remove the image from its site.

I think that the FBI should focus on the battles it can and should win - like finding where Osama bin Laden is and stopping more people like the underwear bomber or the Times Square bomber - and less time worrying about Wikipedia.

And the FBI certainly has no problem plastering the logo on every DVD I own. Who knew that when you illegally copied movies, it was the copy of the seal, and not the movie, that could get you in the biggest trouble?