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Saturday 12 April 2003

Terrorist I.D. Kit

Some pranksters have created a website to advertise the Terrorist I.D. Kit, a lunchbox-looking thing full of jokey items that allegedly will help you identify and thwart terrorists. Among other things, you get a pair of glasses that will superimpose an Osama-bin-Laden-looking beard and turban on the faces of people you look at, and poisoned hummus for dispatching the terrorist once you identify him. I find the whole thing pretty funny. (Note for the seriously impaired: this is not an actual product.)

Another of the items in the box, though, is a ‘Skin Color Identification Chart’, which looks like this:


The description of the chart says, in part, “Experts agree that skin color is one of the quickest and most accurate tests in picking out a potential terrorist.”

Ahh, wonderful. No experts that I’ve heard of say anything of the sort, actually. Let’s just reduce it all to racism, and at that racism of the blandest variety. What had struck me, up until this, as a clever joke poking fun at Homeland Security B.S. turns out to be, at least in part, another random race-baiting attempt.

People who say that the United States is racist have generally had no experience of the world outside the United States.

Posted by tino at 00:02 12.04.03
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How do I get information on the Terrorist I.D. Kit? Your link will not allow me to get this info. Interested in marketing it.

Posted by: at December 9, 2004 12:21 PM

Good Lord, man, can you read? Did you notice where I say:

(Note for the seriously impaired: this is not an actual product.)

Might this not lead you to believe that this is, you know, not an actual product and thus not available for sale, marketing, sampling, or anything else?

Are you, in fact, seriously impaired?

Maybe you’re joking, in which case: ha ha ha ha ha, very good and subtle. But a lot of the comments I get are from people of such low evident intelligence that I can’t actually assume anything here.

Posted by: Tino at December 9, 2004 12:47 PM