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  • Osama bin Laden Tape: Osama bin Laden just released another audio tape to mark Israel's 60th anniversary. Bin Laden has placed growing emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, putting it at the heart of the Muslim battle and calling it an inspiration to the bombers who attacked US cities on September 11, 2001. In the tape bin Laden says, "we will continue, God permitting, the fight against the Israelis and their allies ... and will not give up a single inch of Palestine as long as there is one true Muslim on earth." The Israeli anniversary celebrations were his inspiration to say, "this is evidence that Palestine is our land, and the Israelis are invaders and occupiers who should be fought."

  • Indictment in MySpace Case: A federal grand jury indicted the Missouri woman accused of creating a fake MySpace identity to manipulate a 13-year-old girl, who then committed suicide as a result. The woman, Lori Drew, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorization and via interstate commerce to obtain information to inflict emotional distress. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
  • Zimbabwe Names Date: The run-off in Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election will be held on June 27. Though opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round, the margin was not big enough to avoid a run-off. President Robert Mugabe called the poll "disastrous". Tsvangirai will compete in the second round, after originally threatening to boycott it.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Flutterpie- do you think Lori Drew should not be punished at all? I'm curious as to your take on this. It seems to me that if she'd stood outside the girl's house and shouted the things she said over the internet, she'd probably be punished for harassment- is there a difference when bullying takes place over the internet? She obviously had a direct intent to harm this girl. I agree that it's an odd situation because our technology has evolved faster than our laws have. I hope that this case encourages lawmakers to change this.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
i would love to see the amount of people who are convicted on those charges. sorry but they pulled those charges out of their ass because they wanted vengeance....erm justice.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
Apparently the courts felt ...."conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorization via interstate commerce to obtain information to inflict emotional distress..." is illegal. I can't imagine a mother becoming so enraged over a petty teenage fight that she would pose as a boy named Josh for SIX WEEKS to ensure she had a grip on her heart before turning on her and sending all their private, confiding e-mail to all her friends to taunt her -and they all did turn on her and made fun of her. Perhaps an alternate punishment would be commiting her because she was obviously suffering from some form of mental illness.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
and i agree with you jazz, that lori drew is horrible. she is a bad and irresponsible person. but she didnt do anything illegal. they couldnt even find anything to charge her with at first. and what if lori drew would of said this to her in person? what would she be charged with?
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
I think Lori Drew got what she deserved. She didn't get accused of killing the girl, but certainly it was a conspiracy to hurt her deeply with no regard to the consequences ~ even to her own family. It's irresponsible as an adult to denigrate a teenager who is already suffering from a low self-esteem and on antidepressants... she might as well have put the noose around her neck. [Bookish] I noticed the story detailed at this site if you're interested. I can't vouch for the source however. It was one of the most vicious attacks I've read....oh yea, except for the murdered cheerleader, and the murdered girl in the pageant, and the father at the hockey game, and... I think it is time people start being held accountable for some of the terrible things they do online.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Flutterpie- I'm not certain, because I haven't read all the stories, but she was pretending to be someone else- which might count as fraud. She was also certainly engaging in bullying and harassing a minor. I can't understand why a grown woman would be so petty and hateful that she'd be so cruel to a 13 year old girl.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Berlin, there is far more to this story then her just poking fun at a child and her not being able to handle it. I suggest you read up on the story.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I think the myspace thing is too much! Now we're prosecuting b/c a woman pokes fun and a kid can't handle it? What about all the kids being bullied in school that take it day in, day out, and a lot worse? I think there was far more to the story and the woman should be in some sort of anger counseling or treatment center to work along kids, but be put in jail? Please!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Jude - I love Aishwarya (or however you spell it) She is so gorgeous. Down with MySpace. Boo!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Flutterpie, I think I remember reading that it had been known that the girl was on antidepressants, so clearly not entirely healthy or happy--but I do agree with you that it's not a prosecutable crime. She'll rot in hell, I hope, but I don't know about jail.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
ugh i hate being the devils advocate but here it is....what the woman did was hateful and horrible but under the scope of the law it really wasnt illegal. she didnt "make" the girl commit suicide, under the law no one can really "make" someone commit suicide. the girls mother wants justice but when the girl showed her mother the posts, the mother punished her for using curse words. that is when the girl committed suicide. the idea that a normal, healthy, happy 13 year committed suicide just because some dumbass played a cruel joke on her is a bit of a stretch for me. there are so many other factors to a tragedy such as this that i think making someone a scapegoat for it only adds to the hurt.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I agree with everyone! Oh my heart breaks for that woman (mother of the girl who committed suicide).
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Lori Drew is a sick and disgusting person, and I sincerely hope she rots in hell for what she did to that poor young girl.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I remember reading that MySpace story. Some people just have too much time on their hands... ...and every time I get angry about Osama I just think about that Family Guy episode where they have him making a tape that just turns into a blooper reel because he keeps making mistakes. Moron...
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
oh, Osama! give it a rest. what a freak. I am also glad that woman was indicted! what she did was horrible, immature, scheming...i can go on forever.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree Cine!!! He disgusts me. UGHHH
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I agree Cine. And I'm so glad that woman was indicted, she was so wrong to take the actions she did - especially against a child.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Osama is a coward. He should crawl back into whatever hole he calls home and die.
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