Tech-savvy militants from al Qaeda and other groups have modified video war games so that U.S. troops play the role of bad guys in running gunfights against heavily armed Islamic radical heroes, Defense Department official and contractors told Congress.
gamepolitics blog reports on a bizarre US Congress blunder surrounding a machinima film made by a Dutch teenager….
Was an elite congressional intelligence committee shown video footage from an off-the-shelf retail game and told by the Pentagon and a highly-paid defense contractor that it was a jihadist creation designed to recruit and indoctrinate terrorists?
It’s looking more and more like that is the case.
The origin of the video in question is the Planet BattleField game forum – where the young gamer posted his attempt at creative video making using games characters and environments… you can download the film here:
According to Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The makers of combat video games have unwittingly become part of a global propaganda campaign by Islamic militants to exhort Muslim youths to take up arms against the United States, officials said on Thursday.
there’s a great little follow up on ABC’s Media Watch showing what a media-led fiasco this was.
The US Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence refuses to accept that they fell for it and claim it is further evidence of how games modding is now being used as a propaganda and recruiting device… such is the sophistication of the Al Quaeda machine!! I wonder about this agenda – never admit an error – use every opportunity to build the fear and anxiety… certainly goes to help when intelligence agencies submit their annual funding requests.