Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged as a 'Gamer'

February 26, 2011 -

A Saudi national who was arrested for plotting to "blow up" former President George W. Bush's Texas home and other targets in America has been connected ever so slightly to violent video games - particularly the Resident Evil series from Capcom. The 20-year-old chemical engineering student at Lubbock's South Plains College, described by authorities as a "jihadist" plead not guilty to charges last Wednesday in a Texas federal court. The charge was attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. According to an affidavit in the Northern District of Texas, Aldawarsi, who was came to the US in 2008 on a student visa, had allegedly researched how to make a chemical-based, improvised explosive device (IED) online.

The New York Post reports that enjoyed watching game videos from five titles in the Resident Evil series on YouTube - information the paper found while sifting through his blog.

"Finished watching the Resident Evil Remake game on youtube today and I am glad to watch it because I like the Resident Evil games and this is not my first time to watch the gameplay on youtube," he wrote on his blog. "..in addition to Resident Evil Remake, I watched Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and I am now watching Resident Evil Code Veronica."

The Justice Department alleges that Aldawarsi sent a series of emails to himself containing lists of targets including nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, and 12 reservoir dams in California and Colorado. One email with the subject "Tyrant's House" contained the Dallas, Texas address of former President George W. Bush.

The Justice Department also alleges that Aldawarsi would deploy these homemade IED's using dolls to conceal explosives, and another plan to carry a backpack full of explosives into a nightclub.

If convicted Aldawsari could be sentenced to life in prison and $250,000 for the charge.

Source: Sify

 


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Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

That's still a lighter sentence than if he had comitted copyright infringement...

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Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

"Life in prison" is a lighter sentence?  I wasn't aware the penalty for copyright infringement was death.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

the fines put on a person for the Copyright infringement are far worse.

they'll ruin your life, your financial state, and make it near impossible to live. As where life in prison you get a warm bed, 3 meals, medical/dental treatment when needed, and plenty of friends. even a job that pays, granted it pays near nothing, but its something compared to being shutout onto the street because you need to pay your legal fees and more having no money leftover to pay rent/loans/food/taxes. Prisoners don't need to pay for pretty much a thing besides special commodities.

Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

I take it you think that they just clear out your bank account, sell off your house and leave you on the street?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

While there is some protection to stop people from becoming completely destitute, this actually is not that far off what happens. A multi-million dollar judgment against someone who will NEVER make that kind of money is pretty crippling.  Crow, a judgment of a few tens of thousands can result in becoming homeless.

For instance, one of the leading causes of people actually becoming, well, homeless, is collections on medical bills.

Re: Saudi Man Accused of Targeting Former President Pegged ...

okay, so he WATCHED game photage.. making him a gamer?

does this mean watching a Uwe Boll movie also makes a person a gamer?

what about the RE movies?

 
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