Remember THIS scare tactic?:
Why Iraq's buying up Sony PlayStation 2s
Intelligence experts fear games bundled for military applications
By Joseph Farah
© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com
Many American kids may be disappointed on Christmas morning because the
Sony PlayStation 2 they wanted wound up in Iraq.
Both the U.S. Customs Service and the FBI are investigating the apparent
transfer of large numbers of Sony PlayStation 2s to Iraq, according to
military intelligence sources.
A secret Defense Intelligence Agency report states that as many as 4,000
of the popular video game units have been purchased in the United States
and shipped to Iraq in the last two to three months.
What gives? Does Saddam Hussein have an extraordinarily long Christmas
shopping list? And why would U.S. military and intelligence officials be
concerned about such a transfer?
Two government agencies are investigating the purchases because the
PlayStations can be bundled together into a sort of crude super-computer
and used for a variety of military applications, say intelligence
"Most Americans don't realize that each PlayStation unit contains a CPU
-- every bit as powerful as the processor found in most desktop and
laptop computers," said one military intelligence officer who declined to
be identified. "Beyond that, the graphics capabilities of a PlayStation
are staggering -- five times more powerful than that of a typical
graphics workstation, and roughly 15 times more powerful than the
graphics cards found in most PCs."
A single PlayStation can generate up to 75 million polygons per second.
Polygons, as noted in the DIA report, are the basic units used to
generate the surface of 3-D models -- extremely useful in military design
and modeling applications.
"When I first saw this report, I was highly skeptical," said an
intelligence source. "So, I did some checking with computer experts I
know within the Department of Defense. From what they tell me, bundling
these video game units is very feasible."
Additionally, Sony will make the process even easier with planned
upgrades to the system. Beginning early next year, you can purchase a
plug-in, 3.5 gig hard drive for the PlayStation, along with interface
units that allow integration into the World Wide Web. If the Iraqis have
trouble developing military software for the PlayStation computer system,
they can probably find needed assistance on the Internet, say U.S.
What could Iraq do with such a primitive super-computer constructed with
Sony PlayStation 2s?
"Applications for this system are potentially frightening," said an
intelligence source. "One expert I spoke with estimated that an
integrated bundle of 12-15 PlayStations could provide enough computer
power to control an Iraqi unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV -- a pilotless
Iraq has been working on development of UAVs for several years as a
possible platform for delivering chemical weapons, say intelligence
Bundled PlayStation computers could also be used to calculate ballistic
data for long-range missiles, or in the design of nuclear weapons, they
add. Iraq has long had difficulty calculating the potential yield of
nuclear devices -- a critical requirement in designing such weapons.
Networking these computers might provide a method for correcting this
deficiency, said one intelligence source.
So, why doesn't Saddam Hussein simply buy computers or workstations from
friendly nations or on the black market? While this is a possibility,
current United Nations sanctions prohibit the sale or transfer of
virtually all types of computer hardware and technology to Iraq. However,
computer-based video game systems -- like the PlayStation 2 -- are not
included in the ban. Iraq's scientists and engineers have apparently
found a convenient loophole in the U.N. sanctions.
Defense experts say it is also relatively easy to smuggle PlayStations
into Iraq, since customs inspectors don't view toys as potential military
weapons. Jordanian and Turkish inspectors rarely examine "small"
shipments under 100 pounds, making it possible to send large numbers of
PlayStations into Iraq without arousing suspicion.
The Sony PlayStation 2 is one of the most popular all-in-one home
entertainment systems of its kind. At just over 4 pounds, it contains a
300 MHz-driven, 128-bit CPU. In addition to a plethora of new games
designed to utilize PlayStation 2's hardware, it can play games from the
original PlayStation's library, audio compact discs and DVD movies.
Not only has Saddam Hussein apparently found a creative way around the
computer embargo, he has helped to exacerbate the Sony PlayStation 2
shortage reported in many parts of the United States. eToys.com and other
e-tailers are sold out of the units and not expecting any more shipments
in time for Christmas.
Joseph Farah is editor and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily.com.
You Need To Be Doper
No 757 Hit The Pentagon, You Idiot
Supernews sucks it hard.
I have NEVER EVER seen SUCH a GENERALISATION in my entire life (which is 36
You must be a total paranoid shit-for-brains to assume that 4.000 units
directly went to Saddam Hussein. Iraq has a population of 22 million people
for God's sake! I am SURPRISED that only 4.000 people in 22 million bought a
PS2! That's 1 in 5.500 people!
> "Most Americans don't realize that each PlayStation unit contains a CPU
> -- every bit as powerful as the processor found in most desktop and
> laptop computers," said one military intelligence officer who declined to
> be identified.
WHAT!!?!?!!? IT CONTAINS A CPU!?!!?!?!!!?!
Anyway, anyone who declines to be identified is a stupid paranoid fsck
> "Beyond that, the graphics capabilities of a PlayStation
> are staggering -- five times more powerful than that of a typical
> graphics workstation, and roughly 15 times more powerful than the
> graphics cards found in most PCs."
> "When I first saw this report, I was highly skeptical," said an
> intelligence source. "So, I did some checking with computer experts I
> know within the Department of Defense. From what they tell me, bundling
> these video game units is very feasible."
Yep, they could even be used to kill a US person by THROWING it at his or
> Joseph Farah is editor and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily.com.
Joseph Farah should pick up drinking, that way he can explain his delirious
I have never read this report. But it proves that paranoia was even higher
than I thought. What's with you Americans? Not only the fattest people in
the world, but also the most paranoid. Do I detect a link here?
I can't find any humor in such news articles, not even 3 years after.
I simply can't understand why people are SO stupid to believe what gets
written. How many brainless people ARE there in this world?
"Peter de Vroomen" <pet...@ditweghaluh.jaytown.com> wrote in message
'Patriotism means being loyal to your country all the time and
to its government when it deserves it'
- Mark Twain
"Mojo JoJo" <jf2273...@earthlink.net> wrote in message
"Andy Arnott" <andy....@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote in message
So many it's scary
Movies, Music, Video Games, Comics, and more:
Or more scientific:
It at least proves that ants can't cooperate with other ants who smell bad
(to them). Could that be the problem with people too...?