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Osama bin Freed

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Encino Man

Breaking News: Osama bin Laden's been found not guilty for the 9/11 attacks….by a television show in The Netherlands.

From the country that introduced the world to van Gogh and Spinoza:

In the conclusion Wednesday night to the show "Devil's Advocate" on Dutch public broadcaster Nederland 2, the jury of two men and three women, along with the studio audience, ruled that there was no proof bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.

The Netherlands, home to "Big Brother" creator Endemol, is known for being on the cutting edge of format-based television…

…[D]efense attorney Gerard Spong…was able to convince the jury that bin Laden's connection to September 11 was a product of "Western propaganda."

Apart from defending bin Laden, Spong is also pushing for legal action against the radical Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilder.

In March, Reason Senior Editor Michael Moynihan defended the indefensible Wilder. In 2005, contributor Brendan O'Neill wrote a great piece about bin Laden the blogger. And contributor Greg Beato's dissection of justice porn is a perfect Friday afternoon read.

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  1. Osama’s a weasel, buuuuuu-die.

  2. Only a bloody dutchman…

    Punk-ass fucks.

  3. oh Christ, you might as well have put the Psycho Signal in the sky and summoned Gabe to the thread.

  4. It was the Netherlands, after all. They were probably terrified of offending Muslims if they voted guilty.

  5. Oh, for the love of God.

  6. Besides, we all know it was the Scientologists that did it. The 9/11 Poofter movement is just a front to direct suspicion towards Cheney and his henchmen.

  7. Gerard Spong…was able to convince the jury that bin Laden’s connection to September 11 was a product of “Western propaganda”

    Free-market advocates embrace entertainment retards and ivory-tower intellectuals and obscure capitalist producers alike. We (or at least I) would hope that all of them would band together to defeat government interference in our crackpot freedoms. But some of us would not go quite that far. After all, freedom has its limits. Right?*

    *Sarcasm. Sorry.

  8. US: Not guilty? Fuck! Oh well, kill him anyway.

  9. Say what you will about Geert Wilder, but Johnny Depp could not hold a candle to his Willy Wonka.

  10. And he was great in Young Frankenstein.

  11. A English sea captain, after running into a Dutch ship usurping English trade for like the 700th time, once said “it is as if the Devil shits Dutchman”. Perhaps he was right.

  12. I remember the last al-Qaeda video a few years ago about the 9/11 truthers. AQ accused the truthers of conspiring to rob them of credit for their only successful attack against the US. I wonder what stances AQ cells arround the World take. A cell in a neighborhood that cheered 9/11 would probably claim credit for it. A cell in a neighborhood that denounced 9/11 would probably want to avoid blame for it.

  13. Sounds like a marketing ploy.

  14. “Say what you will about Geert Wilder, but Johnny Depp could not hold a candle to his Willy Wonka.”

    And his eyes are sort of buggy.

  15. That movie Jury Duty wicked sucked, but there was one pretty funny part. That was where he was put up in the hotel room with his former high school principal, and gets caught by the guy flinging a wet wad of toilet paper at the ceiling. Brought back so many memories I almost shed a tear.

  16. And in other news, Castro is actually just misunderstood. Ignore the evidence, it makes judging people easier.

  17. “Johnny Depp could not hold a candle to his Willy Wonka.”

    Just because he screams every time his crotch gets hot.

  18. Considering bin Laden claimed that he was responsible for the attacks, would it offend Muslims more to convict him or acquit him?

  19. “There are two kinds of people that I can’t stand: People who are intolerant of other peoples’ cultures… and the Dutch.”

  20. So, FBI stated that there is no hard evidence connecting UBL to 9/11 attacks long, long time ago. Dutch are just parroting the ‘well known’ findings.

    Next they’ll discover that there are traces of highly engineered explosives in WTC dust. Oh wait, scientist already proved that… wonder why no bird sings about it… it must be because we have nothing but mocking birds in mainstream media today.

  21. not the Scientologists, brandybuck… more like the Mormons…

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