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Ahmadinejad Missing, Anonymous Circling

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran

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Gone fishing? Ahmadinejad MIA

Iran's President Ahmadinejad has gone missing.  Says the BBC:

"The president has not been seen at his office for days, missing two cabinet meetings and cancelling a visit to the holy city of Qom."

Apparently this is part of a power struggle between the often-incendiary head of state and Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khameini. In light of the revolutions witnessed recently across the Mideast, this kind of power-wrangling would seem to leave Iran vulnerable to a revolution of its own.  One Iranian MP who wished to remain anonymous said:

"I hope one side yields at the end - otherwise it will move the country toward unprecedented instability that will certainly suck the current Arab uprisings into the country."

Should "Anonymous" Hack the Westboro Baptist Church?

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"Anonymous Hates WBC"

The Westboro Baptist Church is best-known for picketing military funerals and gay pride gatherings with "God Hates Fags" and other slogans deemed offensive and shocking by most who see them. They're led by the incendiary Fred Phelps, who burned a Koran last September. WBC and Phelps always seem to be looking for new ways to push the envelope when it comes to hate.

While their actions might be protected as free speech, that's not going to stop "Anonymous", a hacker group with a simple name but an already-impressive list of accomplishments. Anonymous is best-known for shutting down Mubarak government websites earlier this month, and bringing down the websites of Visa and Mastercard last year, in defense of Wikileaks. More recently, Anonymous absolutely destroyed security firm HBGary and delivered a scathing come-uppance letter on the firm's hacked front page.… Continues …

The Worst Kind of Free Speech

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The latest media reports indicate that pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida has postponed, but not cancelled, his congregation's planned Qur'an-burning on the anniversary of September 11th, after a phone call from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and condemnation from leaders worldwide.

Unfortunately, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church (of "God Hates Fags" infamy) have vowed to carry out the burning if Dove World doesn't do it.

In the meantime, Dove World has had its website taken down by their hosting providers, Interpol has issued a global alert, and some clever folks have created a parody ad mocking Jones and Phelps.… Continues …

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