'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game

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Offline Capt. Obvious

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Al-Qaeda's terrifying vision of a devastated America in the wake of a nuclear attack

Washington is laid to waste. The Capitol is a blackened, smoking ruin. The White House has been razed. Countless thousands are dead.

This is the apocalyptic scene terrorists hope to create if they ever get their hands on a nuclear bomb.

The computer-generated image below was posted on an Islamic extremists' website yesterday.



It appeared as rumours swept the Internet that the FBI was warning that an Al Qaeda video was about to be released urging militants to use weapons of mass destruction to attack the West.

The information was said to be coming from 'groups that monitor Islamic militant websites'.

The FBI was quick to point out that it had not issued any warning and that the video was not an official Al Qaeda release through its media arm, Al Sahab, but simply an ' amateur' collection of old footage spliced together and posted on the Internet.

U.S. analysts said a lot of effort had been put into the video - entitled Nuclear Jihad, The Ultimate Terror - with graphics, music, and clips of different leaders and groups.

The same expertise seems to have gone into creating this image of a devastated Washington.

Al Sahab puts out more than 80 'officially sanctioned' videos a year to keep up the propaganda on the West. And the Internet shows how easy it is to stir up militancy. One message with the Washington picture said: 'The next strike's in the heart of America. When? When? When? And How?'

Last night FBI sources said Al Qaeda was desperate to get its hands on a weapon of mass destruction, be it nuclear, chemical, or biological.

So far that is only a dream... or, as this picture suggests, a nightmare.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23488455-details/Al-Qaeda's+terrifying+vision+of+a+devastated+America+in+the+wake+of+a+nuclear+attack/article.do

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But wait...

SITE red-faced as Islamist 'Washington ruin' image turns out to be from Fallout 3 game

This image of Washington after a nuclear holocaust, which a US intelligence group claimed showed the ambition of Islamic extremist terrorists, was actually lifted from a computer game.

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.

The images appeared in a video, called Nuclear Jihad: The Ultimate Terror, posted on two password-protected websites, al-Ekhlass and al-Hesbah, believed to be affiliated with al-Qa’eda.

SITE also released translated several chatroom threads from al-Ekhlass and al-Hesbah, 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 game bills itself as “America’s first choice in post-nuclear simulation”, with players roaming a ruined landscape some time after a nuclear war in 2077.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uncertain-world/2053942/SITE's-embarrassment-as-Islamist-'Washington-apocalypse'-image-turns-out-to-be-from-Fallout-3-game.html


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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2008, 12:12:53 pm »
How silly does it get? Some kind of Al Qaeda Fallout 3 mashup. Next thing we'll see are video's of terrorist attacks which turn out to have been videotaped in GTA IV.

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008, 12:41:01 pm »
They sure didnt choose any game randomly, they choose the upcoming Game of the Year! lol

Next thing we'll be hearing about how Al Ciada remotely controlled the planes with a ps3 controller.

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008, 12:45:09 pm »
where are these "Islamic extremists' websites?" Like there are a bunch or terrorists that have a discussion forum...

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 01:04:38 pm »
hope that will be boost the sales of fallout 3. awesome game.

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 04:57:35 pm »
SINCE I submitted a comment to The Daily Mail on line comments, a decent well informed reply, The Telegraph Website link above, from Captain Obvi0us' PP posting link, has been removed.
The posting to Daily Mail has not gone up.

Now I will go to the other London paper's commentary board and leave the same there.

Either the purposes of leaving this disinformation up is for datamining purposes and/or simply to have a laugh at the gormless London sheep.

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2008, 07:25:08 pm »
In its desperation to find something else to worry about, the Daily Mail has managed to confuse a forthcoming video game with an image created by evil terrorists.
What the Mail described as "al-Qaeda's terrifying vision of a devastated America", a picture showing the wreckage of Washington DC after a nuclear attack, was actually created as an early piece of concept art for Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3. It first appeared in the gaming press in July 2007.
Though the Mail failed to credit the origin of this fanciful story, preferring to cite anonymous "FBI sources", it began on the website of the SITE Intelligence Group, which claimed the image was found on an al-Qaeda forum along with other terrorist fantasies.
Peculiarly, when the SITE team were accused by the Telegraph of being "red-faced" at their blunder, they insisted that they felt no such embarrassment. "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'." But they failed to acknowledge that the image was created by the art team at Bethesda Softworks' headquarters in Maryland - an unlikely hotbed of al-Qaeda plotters.
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, has refused to allow any comments pointing this out on its website, where the original, apocalyptic story remains for all to enjoy.

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2008, 04:58:59 am »
hehe funny... btw why dont they arrest all those terrorists in hollywood that since decades show how they blow up buildings and destroying symbols of the US, killing all the people on the planet twice a year and so on...

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Re: 'Al Qaeda nuke pic of DC' is actually screengrab from video game
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2008, 08:10:42 am »
Would that building even be standing at all after a NUKE???!